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Camelot, the National Lottery operator, is understood to be drawing up a list of advertising agencies as it reviews the relationship with its incumbent, Saatchi & Saatchi. According to sources close to the business, the rethink has been triggered by the appointment of Ian Milligan as Camelot’s marketing director. Diane Thompson, Camelot’s commercial operations director, denied the review: ’This is the same rumour that has been going around since last year. We have no plans at all to review the account’.

Camelot, the National Lottery operator, is understood to be drawing

up a list of advertising agencies as it reviews the relationship with

its incumbent, Saatchi & Saatchi. According to sources close to the

business, the rethink has been triggered by the appointment of Ian

Milligan as Camelot’s marketing director. Diane Thompson, Camelot’s

commercial operations director, denied the review: ’This is the same

rumour that has been going around since last year. We have no plans at

all to review the account’.



United News & Media is to become an equal third partner in LineOne, the

online service jointly owned by BT and News International. The year-old

LineOne has a subscriber base of 70,000 for its Internet-based

information and entertainment service.



The RAC has confirmed that it is appointing M&C Saatchi to handle its

pounds 5 million advertising account. The RAC, which will now review

media, plans a mixed-media campaign this summer. M&C Saatchi won the

business after a final head-to-head against BMP DDB. Young & Rubicam,

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and Bartle Bogle Hegarty also pitched in the

first round.



Aegis has announced its intention to expand in the Asia-Pacific region

with joint ventures in the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan as it

released its end-of-year financial results on Wednesday. The network has

been in talks with Zenith and, according to unconfirmed reports this

week, Havas, to boost global growth. Aegis showed a rise in margins from

5.2 per cent last year to 5.3 per cent. Pre-tax profits increased by 15

per cent to pounds 45.6 million, while turnover rose to pounds 3,653

million from pounds 3,452.5 million.



Arcadia, the fashion retailer formerly known as the Burton Group, is

speaking to a number of London ad agencies about a consultancy project.

No-one at Arcadia was available for comment.



Three agencies have made it on to the shortlist for Staples’ pounds 6

million media account. The Media Business and TMD Carat will contest the

retail business with the incumbent, Zenith Media.



MindShare has been added to the Cable & Wireless shortlist of media

agencies. The agency was on the original long list but fell off when the

final line-up was announced in February. Mandy Pooler, managing director

of MindShare, said she was ’delighted’ but refused to comment on why her

agency had won a reprieve.



Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper has poached Helen Chaffey from Saatchi & Saatchi

as an executive director to work on Procter & Gamble, Wonderbra and new

business. At Saatchis, Chaffey worked on the Procter & Gamble and Oil of

Ulay accounts.



Mellors Reay & Partners has made inroads into Ogilvy & Mather’s

pan-European Disneyland Paris account by winning a UK radio project. The

agency has been handed the task of promoting April’s Wonderful World of

Disney parade without a pitch and will unveil work on national and major

regional stations in April. O&M Paris runs the account centrally.



The Spanish hotshop, Casadevall Pedreno, has confirmed that it is in

talks with Publicis about a possible link-up, but has refused to confirm

if a takeover or a minority investment is likely. Casadevall is

understood to be pitching for the pounds 100 million pan-European SEAT

car account.



Leo Burnett has hired the creative director, Rob Gill, to partner John

Jessup and mastermind the change in direction on its flagship Kellogg’s

account. Gill, who joins from BBDO Germany, replaces Bob Stanners, who

is retiring.



FCA! has promoted Nigel Bell-Wilson to the role of new-business director

six months after the agency’s merger with Kelly Weedon Shute.

Bell-Wilson held the same position at KWS, where he helped the agency

win business from Burton’s Biscuits.



In last week’s Campaign Top 300 report, we inadvertently called Walsh

Trott Chick Smith by the incorrect name of Walsh Trott Trick Smith.

Campaign apologises to the agency for any embarrassment caused.