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Stuart Higgins resigned suddenly from his position as editor of the Sun late on Wednesday. He has been replaced by David Yelland, deputy editor of the New York Post and a former City editor of the Sun. Higgins has edited the Sun since January 1994 and will carry on at News International in a senior role. The Sun’s circulation fell almost 6 per cent year on year in the April ABC audit.

Stuart Higgins resigned suddenly from his position as editor of the

Sun late on Wednesday. He has been replaced by David Yelland, deputy

editor of the New York Post and a former City editor of the Sun. Higgins

has edited the Sun since January 1994 and will carry on at News

International in a senior role. The Sun’s circulation fell almost 6 per

cent year on year in the April ABC audit.



Carat has won the dollars 40 million global media planning and buying

account for the holiday company, Club Med, which is currently handled by

Optimedia. The appointment is being seen by Carat as a testament to the

strength of its claims to be a global media player. The creative account

remains with Publicis.



Richard Eyre, the ITV chief executive, has urged advertisers to join him

in lobbying for an end to competitive scheduling by the BBC against ITV.

Eyre said he would be asking the Incorporated Society of British

Advertisers to back his campaign to force the BBC to publish its

schedules before ITV, rather than waiting to see ITV’s plans first.



Douglas Thursby-Pelham has quit as managing director of Clark & Taylor

after just nine months in the job. The former Publicis client services

director would not comment on his departure, although friends claim he

found it difficult to make the cultural shift from Publicis to Clark &

Taylor and was disappointed at what he believed was the agency’s slow

pace of change.



Ron Leagas is to pitch for the pounds 3.5 million Royal & Sun Alliance’s

direct sell service, Invest-On-Line, which he has been handling since

Leagas Shafron Davis closed in March. He faces a contest with two other

unnamed agencies and will pitch in tandem with the below-the-line shop,

the Edge, where he has been servicing the account since Leagas Shafron

went into receivership.



The European’s managing director, Michael Moore, has quit the newspaper

suddenly ’to pursue other interests’, according to a statement. Moore

was at the European for three-and-a-half years, joining from Express

Newspapers. A restructuring at the European is expected to follow his

departure.



An immediate pitch for the pounds 18 million combined account of the

merged supermarket chains, Somerfield and Kwik Save, has been ruled out,

despite plans to bring all the stores under the Somerfield banner. A

Somerfield spokesman said the change would take up to five years and

advertising would stay with the incumbents, RPM3 and McCann-Erickson,

for the foreseeable future.



The Irish food company, Ennis Foods, is understood to be talking to a

number of London agencies about the pounds 3 million launch of its

Rumblers brand. The cereal, which comes in individual pots with

containers of milk and a spoon, was introduced into the UK in February.

No-one at Ennis Foods would comment on the review as Campaign went to

press.



The Guardian has shortlisted BMP DDB and WCRS to pitch for its creative

account alongside a third agency which is still to be announced. The

Guardian is also to launch a broadsheet sports section which will appear

on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the duration of the World

Cup.



The Poulter agency in Leeds has survived a pitch against Advertising

Principles, also in Leeds, to retain the creative task on its pounds 3

million Redrow Homes account. But Redrow is believed to be splitting

with MediaVantage, the agency’s media dependant. Poulters recently lost

pounds 4 million worth of McCain Foods business and the pounds 3 million

Yorkshire Electricity account.



Chrysalis Radio has put together a consortium to bid for the central

Scotland radio licence, backed by Billy Connolly, Mirror Group’s Daily

Record and the Big Issue in Scotland. The consortium is entitled the

Edge, and will target 15- to 30-year-old listeners. The closing date for

applications to the Radio Authority is 28 July and a result is expected

in October.



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