HOTLINE: M&C Saatchi does not handle Vodafone in Australia

Contrary to recent reports M&C Saatchi does not handle Vodafone in Australia. That account has been awarded to J.Walter Thompson. M&C does handle advertising for Vodafone rival Optus in the region. David Haines, Vodafone's global brand director, believes there is no conflict in interests despite M&C Saatchi joining the Vodafone roster in the UK last month. He said: "M&C Saatchi was only involved in a very short communications project."