Sun Alliance looks like a right turkey

Marketing Week

Sun Alliance and the Turkish Tourism Board are vying for Quote of the Week. Director of the Turkish Tourist Office, Mustafa Turkmen, is about to end his five-year tenure in the UK office with a posting back to the Turkish headquarters. “It’s all very sad. I would prefer Venice or Paris. Ankara isn’t really a […]

Volta calls up Maynard for UK launch

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Italian battery brand Volta has called on actor Bill Maynard, who plays Claude Greengrass in the hit TV series Heartbeat, to launch its products in the UK. Already established on the Continent, Volta will this month unveil an ad campaign, featuring the actor. Volta aims to take a five per cent share of the ú460m […]

Virgin moots lifestyle magazine…

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Virgin is planning to launch a lifestyle music consumer title with Haymarket Magazines. A men’s music interest magazine is understood to be one option under consideration. The discussions follow Virgin Group’s recent diversification into soft drinks and financial services. However, the initiative is understood to have come from Haymarket, which is assessing the merits of […]

UK smokers are losing their puff

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UK cigarette consumption is expected to fall at an annual rate of five per cent, according to fresh research from Mintel. The market intelligence report shows that consumption sank 11 per cent between 1989 and 1994. But the drop is expected to accelerate because of a mixture of anti-smoking campaigning, increasing excise duties and a […]

A blurring of channel vision

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I was surprised to read your article in Marketing Week last week in which it was stated that UK Living had a share of viewing in cable and satellite homes that was double that of The Family Channel. While we are pleased to applaud the growth of any satellite channel, the comparison that was made […]

Publish and be famed

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Customer service no longer ends at the supermarket checkout – increasingly retailers are turning to customer magazines as a way of raising brand profile, boosting sales and drawing shoppers into the customer loyalty fold. By David Reed

Cross-word solutions

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All eyes are turned to National Heritage Secretary Stephen Dorrell as he struggles to find a panacea for the cross-media ownership grievances, but will a government nervously facing a General Election deregulate and be damned, or fudge a compr

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While thousands of spotty snorkel-parkered teenagers hook up to the global information superhighway – trading in their train-spotting manuals for modems – global computer giant IBM has proved a little slower off the mark. Hundreds of phone calls, one advertising agency and no less than six PR people were used to set up an interview […]

Barclaycard opens door to Internet

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Barclaycard is to become the first UK credit card to offer services on the Internet with the launch of an interactive electronic magazine. The new service, Barclaycard Netlink, allows Internet users to request a Barclaycard application form and enter prize competitions using e-mail. Card customers will also soon be able to exchange Barclaycard Profiles points […]

VYING FOR PROMOTION

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In the premier league of consumer goods, a promotion battle is fought out every day as special offers flood the shelves. And the results are good: this summer, items under promotion accounted for 20 per cent of the value of the average British

JWT Manchester beats 19 to Holland & Barrett

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JWT Manchester is understood to have won the 20-way account pitch for the healthfood retail chain Holland & Barrett. According to sources the account does not represent a huge win in terms of budget for JWT but the pitch has already attracted headlines. A series of agencies are reported to have been angered by Holland […]

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BBC1 gained the three highest audiences on Christmas Day, but ITV claims victory in the ratings battle for Christmas week with a 40.6 per cent peaktime share of viewing. This means ITV won the ratings battle every week in peaktime last year, ITV Network Centre said this week… … ITV launches a Monday night movie […]

…as Telemillion backer is prosecuted

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The Crown Prosecution Service has decided to prosecute the organisers of the Telemillion telephone quiz for running an illegal lottery in a decision which could have far-reaching implications for other prize schemes (MW December 9). Participants in the Telemillion scheme had to call an 0891 number, for which they were charged, and then answer a […]

UK Living signs Brookside exclusively

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UK Living, the cable and satellite channel for women, has acquired the Liverpool soap opera Brookside. The exclusive deal enables the broadcaster to show the soap three nights a week starting with the first episode broadcast 12 years ago. Brookside will go out twice a day at 6.30pm and 11pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, […]