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Glaxo Wellcome, the world’s largest drugs manufacturer, has denied reports in the Financial Times this week that it is planning to get round a ban on advertising prescription drugs to European consumers by running TV campaigns about diseases that its products are used to treat. The company’s corporate business is handled by M&C Saatchi.

Glaxo Wellcome, the world’s largest drugs manufacturer, has denied

reports in the Financial Times this week that it is planning to get

round a ban on advertising prescription drugs to European consumers by

running TV campaigns about diseases that its products are used to treat.

The company’s corporate business is handled by M&C Saatchi.



Mike Tunnicliffe, the former managing director of CIA Medianetwork,

takes over as managing director of Western International Media on 10

August. Western’s chief executive, Mike Smallwood, is being sponsored by

Western’s parent, the Lowe Group, to do an advanced management course at

Harvard.



Andy Hearnshaw, the planning director of Full Circle, BBJ Media

Services’ communications consultancy and the former planning director of

BBJ, has left the agency. He is currently working as a consultant at New

PHD and is thought to be in negotiations for a permanent position

there.



The Institute of Sports Sponsorship has called for sponsorship money to

be withdrawn from sports men and women found guilty of using banned

drugs. It also wants a proportion of all sponsorship money to be used to

develop testing and policing systems and anti-drug education

schemes.



The Government is reviewing the legal requirement to sell copies of the

electoral register to direct marketers, citing the practice as

’unpopular and controversial’. Under existing law, copies of the

electoral register may be bought for between pounds 2.50 and pounds 18

per 1,000 names. But the Home Office minister, George Howarth, is

chairing a working party which has invited consumers, direct mail and

credit reference businesses and regulators to express their opinion.



Media Audits is to close its Australian office blaming a lack of

transparency and downward pressure on media agency fees for the demise

of the company. Fran Marshall, Media Audits Australia’s managing

director, also said the company had been frustrated by the

confidentiality clauses operated by some TV networks over airtime

deals.



Rocket has picked up BAA’s duty free advertising media planning and

buying account. The account was previously handled by Western

International Media. A print, poster and radio campaign kicked off two

weeks ago advertising tax and duty free fragrances, spirits and

electrical goods.



Ammirati Puris Lintas has won the global advertising business for the

newly merged financial giant, PricewaterhouseCoopers. APL, which won the

business after pitches in the US, is splitting the global USdollars 60

million account with its sister Interpublic agency, Hill, Holliday,

Connors, Cosmopulos, which will handle the business in the US. The pitch

followed the completed merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand

in July.



The Newspaper Publishers Association and the Newspaper Society has

announced that from 1 September advertising agencies not recognised by

the Joint Recognition Committee but which apply for membership of the

newspaper industry’s Joint Agency Recognition Scheme for the first time,

will be charged a standard fee of pounds 500. Annual renewals of

recognition will continue to be free of charge.



Campaign is supporting a one-day conference, ’Small but perfectly

informed - marketing to clued-up kids’, on Thursday 15 October at the

Dorchester in London. For programme details call Tania Cassell on

0171-413 4116.



Western International Media has lost its marketing director, Elly

McDonald, who has left by mutual agreement with no job to go to.

McDonald joined Western last July, a short time after resigning from

Maher Bird Associates. Western is reassessing the position, and no

announcement has been made about appointing a replacement for McDonald.



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