Ian Ritchie has left his post as chief operating officer at Channel
5, seven months after being succeeded in the top job last year by David
Elstein. Ritchie is to join the executive recruiting firm, Russell
Reynolds Associates, as managing director.
Mick Desmond, the chief executive of Laser Sales, has not gone to the
Harvard Business School, as planned, after Granada bosses decided his
presence was required in the UK. The decision to pull out of the
three-month course at the eleventh hour has sparked speculation that
Granada, Laser’s parent company, is poised to acquire Yorkshire Tyne
Freemans Catalogue’s pounds 6 million media planning and buying
account - handled by Mansfield Lang - was hanging in the balance this
week after the company was sold to Littlewoods. The Freemans media
business could be merged with that of Littlewoods Catalogues - handled
by the Media Centre Manchester.
Times Newspapers will hear on 6 June whether it can present its own case
at the Telegraph’s High Court action against the Audit Bureau of
Circulations. The case, in which the Telegraph is trying to prevent the
ABC from forcing it to declare lesser rate sales, was adjourned last
week. A date for a full hearing will also be set on 6 June. See
Headliner, page 22.
The Periodical Publishers Association will hold a high-level debate on
magazine trading at next week’s Magazines 97 event. The session will
cover issues such as speed of payment, payment terms, commission, credit
Young and Rubicam has dismissed industry rumours that it is poised to
pull out of Mediapolis, its joint media operation with the Euro RSCG
network. However, top-level discussions regarding the global roll-out of
the brand, which at present operates only in Europe, have proved
Virgin Radio has bought out the 25 per cent stake held by its start-up
shareholders, which included the merchant bankers, J. P. Morgan, the
venture capital company Apax Partners, and Sir David Frost. For the
first time since its inception, the station is to become a wholly owned
The Central Office of Information has shortlisted Ogilvy and Mather
Direct, Triangle, Barraclough Hall Woolston Gray and Maher Bird
Associates for a pounds 2 million campaign to inform the public of the
widening of competition in gas supply. The integrated campaign will be
run on behalf of Ofgas.
Pfizer, the pharmaceuticals giant, is strengthening its links with CKMP,
the former Integrator agency, by awarding it the pounds 1.5 million
launch of Sleepia, a sleep remedy which will compete with
Stafford-Miller’s Nytol. Pfizer is the agency’s biggest client.
Andrew Sharp, director of marketing and communications at Initiative
Media, has taken the Grand Prix Trophy in this year’s IPA Media Awards.
Dan Cresta, from WCRS, won the planning and buying category, Peter
Bowman, also from WCRS, took the research prize and Mark Burton from MBS
Media won the selling award.
Eddie Bauer, the US casualwear chain, has shortlisted Duckworth Finn
Grubb Waters and BDDH to pitch for its pounds 500,000 advertising
account. The brand is due to launch in the UK later this year.
Osprey Communications has been appointed by Seiko Europe to handle the
development of global marketing concepts for a new range of watches.
Budgets are undisclosed.
Ocean Software, the interactive entertainment manufacturer, has called a
four-way pitch for the creative work on its pounds 500,000 account. The
Advertising Agency will repitch against Barrington Johnson Lorains and
multimedia shops, Protocol and Montage.
Campaign is sponsoring a one-day conference on direct response
television and telemarketing at the Langham Hilton, London, on 4 June.
’Call to Action - the DRTV and telemarketing Revolution’ will be chaired
by Colin Lloyd, chief executive of the Direct Marketing Association.