REVIEW: Marketing and advertising news in the week’s press

By JENNY WATTS, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 17 December 1999 12:00AM

Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, the incumbent agency on Abbey National, has picked up the pounds 10 million task of launching the company’s new internet bank, code-named Aquarius. Euro RSCG won the account after a pitch against Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters and M&C Saatchi. General release

Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, the incumbent agency on Abbey National, has

picked up the pounds 10 million task of launching the company’s new

internet bank, code-named Aquarius. Euro RSCG won the account after a

pitch against Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters and

M&C Saatchi. General release





Vision Express has called a review of its pounds 11 million creative

account following the merger of its incumbent agency, Ammirati Puris

Lintas, with Lowe Howard-Spink, which houses the rival optician chain,

Dollond & Aitchison. - General release





Simon Burridge, managing partner at J. Walter Thompson, will be chief

executive of Richard Branson’s ’The People’s Lottery’ should Branson’s

bid succeed for the national lottery licence in June 2000. Both JWT and

MindShare have been appointed to work on the bid campaign. -

Marketing





The internet music venture, Peoplesound.com, which is 30 per cent owned

by Bernard Arnault’s Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey group, is holding a

creative pitch for its pounds 10 million account. An agency will be

appointed in January. - Marketing Week





Sara Weller, the former marketing director of the Abbey National, is

expected to take up a senior role at Sainsbury’s. It is thought that

Kevin McCarten, Sainsbury’s marketing director, will move to a group

marketing or strategic role within the company. - General release





Roger Partington, the former customer development director of Safeway,

has been appointed president of Eastern Energy, the UK retail division

of the US-owned energy giant, TXU. Partington left Safeway in July

following the arrival of the new chief executive, Carlos Criado-Perez. -

Marketing Week





Unilever is axing the UK’s seventh biggest detergent brand, Radion, as

part of its brand cull. Its sister brand, Surf, will receive a

significant increase in marketing spend. - General release





Flextech’s cable and satellite channels, Bravo and Trouble, have

appointed BANC to work on their advertising account. BANC’s appointment

follows Mother’s decision to resign the account in August. Media will

continue to be handled by PHDCompass. - General release





The internet investment company, eVentures, has appointed Rainey Kelly

Campbell Roalfe/Y&R to work on the launch of its online home mortgage

site, E-Loan. The Media Edge has picked up media planning and buying. -

General release





Gillette is putting together a pitch-list for its pounds 10 million

pan-European below-the-line business. The company is looking to assemble

a smaller roster of agencies which will work on brands such as Braun,

Duracell, Oral B, Waterman, Parker, Papermate and Gillette. - Marketing

Week





The Radio Authority has imposed the maximum fine of pounds 50,000 on the

London station, Xfm, and the South Yorkshire station, Hallam FM. Xfm was

fined for material aired in its breakfast programme in September which

included references to bestiality. Hallam FM also breached the statutory

requirements of taste and decency. - General release.



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