Publicis London review could lead to redundancies

Publicis is reviewing the London agency as its starts a consultation with the staff that could lead to redundancies. It is expected to lead to at least ten redundancies. The senior managers are meeting with Publicis Groupe worldwide chief executive Richard Pinder next week to discuss the situation. Pinder says there maybe redundancies but adds […]

TDA seeks DM agency to drive teacher recruitment

The Training and Development Agency for Schools is seeking a direct marketing agency to support drive to recruitment new teachers. It has already shortlisted four undisclosed agencies to pitch.  The TDA is looking for an agency to create develop direct marketing work for both on and offline channels. The review is being overseen by COI.  […]

Heathrow chief leaves airport operator following T5 turmoil

Heathrow managing director Mark Bullock has been ousted following the debacle surrounding the opening of Terminal 5. He is leaving in the wake of a management restructuring instigated last month by Heathrow owner BAA’s new chief executive, Colin Matthews. Bullock will be replaced by Mike Brown, London Underground chief operating officer, who joins BAA in […]

F1 boss on how he will turn QPR into super-brand

F1 boss, international playboy and snakeskin aficionado Flavio Briatore rescued Queens Park Rangers from the brink of bankruptcy. He talks exclusively to Marketing Week about plans to turn the unfashionable football club into a global brand to rival Chelsea and Arsenal. By Louise Jack The lift to Flavio Briatore’s Knightsbridge office is somewhat snug but […]

Media Smart initiative comes under scrutiny

The future of Media Smart, the Government-backed media literacy initiative, is set to come under review as part of the Children’s Plan, which is being drawn up by Ed Balls (pictured), the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. Balls has asked the Advertising Association (AA) to help review the impact of the commercial […]

WPP and GfK chiefs swap claims of immoral tactics

The war of words over the future ownership of research company Taylor Nelson Sofres has hotted up, with the chief executives of rival suitors WPP Group and GfK accusing each other of adopting “morally reprehensible” tactics. “GfK chief executive Klaus Wubbenhorst, whom I have the highest regard for, accuses me of being morally reprehensible,” says […]

Post Office appoints former Barclays marketing chief

The Post Office has drafted former Barclays marketer Andrew Gillespie to drive its focus on customer services as part of its “People’s Post Office” strategy, which was introduced last year. It is unclear what his job title will be, but in his new role he will work closely with Gary Hockey-Morley, the Post Office’s marketing […]

WPP, Omnicom under review as Mercedes rethinks media

Mercedes-Benz is carrying out a major shake-up of its media planning and buying, and it is understood the business “may change hands” in some countries as a result. The review, called the Media Strategy Project, is being run out of Mercedes headquarters in Stuttgart by head of media management Sven Dörrenbächer. The project involves formulating […]

ITV Sales “bullish” despite CRR

ITV continues to play a “hard game” when negotiating its sales contracts, despite being hindered by the contract rights renewal (CRR) mechanism, according to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). It makes its assertions in the annual report for the Office of the Adjudicator, the Ofcom office which oversees CRR, the mechanism put in […]

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