The Central Office of Information is looking for an agency to
create a campaign to tackle tobacco and alcohol smuggling. The ads will
encourage people to inform on anyone they suspect of smuggling.
RPM3 is looking for a new creative chief following the departure of
Martin Galton and Steve Hooper. Galton and Hooper, both former Bartle
Bogle Hegarty creatives, were taken on as caretaker heads of the
creative department in February.
Paul Keenan, managing director of Emap Metro, has quashed rumours that
the company’s new weekly entertainment magazine, Heat, is
’The average sale to date over the first nine issues is 80,000. The
issue featuring Flat Eric looks to have broken the 100,000 mark,’ he
Cable & Wireless Communications is considering a partial merger with the
rival cable company, Telewest Communications, in a move which could see
CWC divest itself of its residential cable interests. Discussions are
said to be at an early stage.
Time Computers has shortlisted three agencies to pitch against the
incumbent, BDH TBWA, for its ad business. Bates Dorland, Cogent and Tom
Reddy Advertising have been lined up for the task.
BSkyB has offered to exclude Manchester United representatives from its
Premier League TV rights negotiations in a bid to smooth its proposed
takeover of the club. The proposal would mean Sky would not have access
to confidential information about rival bids for the rights through its
The Consumers’ Association is calling on the Government to regulate
advertising and sponsorship in schools. It has asked the Department of
Education to produce rules which would limit the type of sponsorship and
ads which may appear.
West Anglia Great Northern trains (WAGN) has chosen Evans Hunt Scott to
create a below-the-line campaign for its two main commuter lines to
Peterborough and Cambridge. The rail operator, which also runs the
Stansted Express line, is thought to have spoken to two other agencies
about the business.
The European Parliament is being urged to clamp down on unsolicited
advertising by commercial e-mail. A ban on ’spamming’ is being demanded
by the European Internet Service Providers’ Association.
Reed Elsevier has admitted that the candidate it hoped to make its chief
executive after an eight month search has backed down after a boardroom
row. Two directors, Pierre Vinken and Loek van Vollenhoven, resigned on
Tuesday because of conflict over the recruitment process. Jonathan
Newcomb, the chairman and chief executive of Simon & Schuster, was the
favourite candidate for the post.
The Independent Television Commission has added its opposition to plans
by the Medicines Control Agency to use draconian new powers to control
pharmaceutical advertising. It has told the MCA that there is no need
for the new rules which will affect the ITC’s regulatory
Brook Street, the temping agency made famous by the ’Brook Street Girl’
campaigns of the 80s, has appointed Team Saatchi to create a new poster
campaign aimed at potential employers and employees. The ads will break
later this year.
Lowe Hunt & Partners, the new Sydney agency backed by the Lowe Group,
has appointed Paul Bradbury from Bartle Bogle Hegarty as its first
account director. Bradbury worked on Levi’s and FHM at BBH until he left
for Australia last year.
Delaney Fletcher Bozell has hired two new account directors. Andy Ravin
joins from Saatchi & Saatchi to run the Unisys and Nortel accounts, and
Jo Green joins from Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper to head the Del Monte and