Brattish behaviour hits sour note

Marketing Week

Some of us just can’t say certain words. “Sorry”; “I was wrong”; “It’s my round”; or, if you’re John Major, “I resign”. It appears to be no different in the music press, where the Melody Maker bogey-word is NME. New Musical Express runs Alternative music’s “alternative” to the luvvy Brit Awards, called the Brat Awards. […]

London WC1Camelot: Here is the good news

Marketing Week

I was reported in last week’s publication in saying that Camelot was not achieving its target. Can I clarify this – we are not privy to Camelot’s targets for how their business will build up in the early months. It is aiming to achieve a revenue of ú32bn over the seven-year life of their contract […]

Press renews pressure over ownership

Marketing Week

Newspaper groups are renewing their pressure on the Government in a bid to relax barriers to greater press ownership of TV interests. Members of the British Media Interests Group meet on January 17 to finalise a second report to be presented to National Heritage Secretary Stephen Dorrell later this month. The report will address the […]

Safeway set to wield the axe on jobs

Marketing Week

Safeway is poised to announce wide-ranging job cuts, with the axe falling most heavily on head office. Shopworkers’ union USDAW is scheduled to meet Safeway personnel director Will Jackson at the end of this month to discuss the job reductions. The union understands that Jackson will have a set of proposals for job cuts, and […]

Out of this World shopping

Marketing Week

For the shopper tired of consumerism, an alternative way to share in the experience has come to light – buying into the shopping business. By Virginia Matthews Despite the annual spectacle of shopaholics queuing their lives away for the standard January sale “bargains” of remaindered china and discontinued TV sets, serious moves are afoot to […]

Haircare straight from the horse’s coat

Marketing Week

A US haircare range, which was originally developed for horses, is being prepared for a UK launch targeted at humans. Mane `n Tail shampoo and styling products will launch on the QVC satellite shopping channel by the end of January. Within four months, supermarkets and chemists are expected to stock the range, which includes a […]

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Marketing Week

The Scottish Amicable advertising account has moved from BMP DDB Needham to Lowe Howard-Spink. The account, worth ú900,000 last year, will be worth ú2m to LH-S. Leagas Delaney and DMB&B Financial also pitched. Hosta UK, the confectionery company, has appointed Butterfield Day Devito Hockney to handle its ú1m Mr.Tom chocolate bar account and a new […]

Saatchi Group has a rough ride

Marketing Week

The latest advertising agency league table, compiled for Marketing Week by Register-MEAL, shows that two of the three Saatchi Group agencies had a rough ride in the year ending last September. “Billings” for Bates Dorland and CME KHBB dropped by 5.7 per cent to £151.33m and 10.2 per cent to £48.22m respectively. CME KHBB resigned […]

PepsiCo Euro boss Pinder set to join KFC as md

Marketing Week

Charlotte Pinder, European marketing director of PepsiCo International is understood to be joining KFC as managing director. KFC has yet to offer Pinder the job officially. She is understood to have been inadvertently informed of KFC’s decision by a member of its personnel team who congratulated her on the appointment, unaware that Pinder had yet […]

Drug firms face fight for database licences

Marketing Week

Pharmaceutical companies will be fighting it out in a multimillion pound battle for access to a Government-held database on patients’ reactions to drugs. The database was originally compiled by Vamp Health, which won 25 per cent of the market to supply computer systems to general practitioners. Some 700 medical practices agreed to supply the company […]

…and prepares to attack Lucozade with sport drink

Marketing Week

SmithKline Beecham’s Lucozade is preparing for competition from Virgin, which is understood to be planning the launch of a canned sport drink made by the Cott Corporation. The company describes the new product as a high-energy, restorative drink, which will line up alongside the cola it launched last year (MW October 14). Cott also supplies […]

Fingers crossed for a Dorrell cure

Marketing Week

What an appalling mess. No, not the Saatchi imbroglio for once, but the Government’s so-called media policy. The Broadcast Act 1990 seemed ill-conceived at the time. Now it has more holes through it than a piece of timber riddled with death-watch beetle. Will the Government clear out this deadwood with sweeping new legislation? Not before […]