Top Burger King post for Smith

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Fastfood giant Burger King has appointed Samantha Smith as head of marketing UK, giving her the same role that she held at rival McDonald’s until last October (MW October 21 1994). Smith replaces Pat Griffin, who left the company to join a management consultancy earlier this year (MW April 7). It is understood Griffin disagreed […]

WCRS hit by new loss as Tilby departs

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Beleaguered agency WCRS is suffering from its third senior departure in as many months. Deputy chairman and executive creative director Alan Tilby has left the agency to set up his own business, which he says will act “as an adjunct to a conventional agency”. He will reveal further details later this month. WCRS managing director […]

Fortunes of war

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In a mere 50 years the UK economy has swung from one extreme to another. During World War Two, prices were rigid and big-name companies found themselves forced to co-operate rather than compete. Then came peace and the single most important fa

Send in the voice squad

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The middle classes need defending again, and this time the assault is on their ears. People ain’t talking proper no more, and who’s to blame? The BBC, of course

Spirits companies join rush to get TV ad scripts passed

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Spirits manufacturers have rushed to submit scripts for television advertisements after the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre confirmed it will consider “any proposals for television advertising of spirits”. The BACC last week circulated a memo to agencies, saying it was considering a TV ad script – widely believed to be for Bell’s whisky. Since then, the […]

Sears plans offensive for catalogues

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Sears is planning to take on Next Directory with the launch of specialised catalogues for its high-street fashion chains, with women’s fashion retailer Wallis launching the first “specialogue” this summer. The company says it will include clothes from Wallis in its Freemans catalogue for autumn/ winter. It will then use Sears’ MarketPulse database system to […]

Action Ventures

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The red carpet treatment is not always what clients look for in a corporate hospitality event. James Luckhurst discovers that hands-on,

Television Watch

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Airtime costs are rising, and advertisers are worried they are not getting value for money, as viewers are increasingly drawn to satellite and cable

Talk Radio sales controller quits

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Talk Radio UK sales controller Tracey Dollimore has left, along with sales executive Geoff Smith, new sales director David Lees confirmed this week. The news emerged as Talk Radio defended its first listening figures published by Rajar on Monday, which showed audiences of 1.6 million adults during its first five weeks, well below the pre-launch […]

Ex-KMM chief to relaunch lager

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Lobkov lager is about to be relaunched onto the UK market in a venture backed by former Kevin Morley Marketing director Stephen Smith. Smith is a director of 1466, a company run from KMM’s London offices, which acts as an importer for the Czech lager and he intends to expand the business into other alcoholic […]

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Unilever’s acquisition of Colman’s of Norwich this week means Leo Burnett, Procter & Gamble’s lead agency, is unlikely to hold onto the 4m account (Register MEAL). Leo Burnett picked up the Colman’s business in July last year (MW, July 29). The account will probably go to one of Unilever’s roster agencies which include Ogilvy & […]

Wilding leaves PPHN as Fiddes steps up

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Martin Wilding, managing director of direct marketing agency PPHN, has left after only seven months and joint creative director Mark Fiddes has taken on the role of managing partner. Wilding’s departure comes at the end of a long line of senior management defections which began last June when joint managing directors Barbara Nicoll and Karen […]

MBA steaks its claim with taste of Country

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Though not wishing to spoil the surprise for marketers at Big Steak Pubs, we can exclusively reveal a glimpse of the presentation by one of the agencies involved. MBA has been scouring the streets of London’s Soho for possible advertising stars. Two willing candidates were the boys from the tea shop across the road from […]