Laser Sales has denied reports that its Granada parent raised the
issue of delisting Guinness in its hotel chains in retribution for the
brewer shifting its adspend off Laser regions. Guinness’s media buying
company, the Network, has failed to conclude a 1997 airtime deal with
Laser’s stations, which include LWT, Granada and Yorkshire Tyne Tees
(Campaign, 10 January). Mandy Pooler, the Network’s managing director,
also rubbished the reports and said the agency was again buying airtime
from Laser. ’The stand-off is over,’ she said.
Havas Advertising, the holding company of WCRS and other communications
companies, has issued a statement rebutting rumours that it is for sale.
The Havas group chairman, Pierre Dauzier, declared that Havas
Advertising’s two objectives are to reduce its debt and to expand into
CIA Medianetwork has picked up the pounds 3.6 million UK centralised
Hoover and Candy media account to sit alongside the centralised business
it won across the Continent last year. Hoover’s UK media spend was
previously handled by Leo Burnett, while J. Walter Thompson Manchester
handled the Candy business.
The Labour Party stepped up its campaign to restrict multi-million pound
advertising budgets in future general elections when the MP, David
Winnick, introduced a backbench bill in the Commons on Wednesday.
Although the measure is in line with Tony Blair’s plans (Campaign, 24
January), it has little chance of becoming law due to lack of
The Independent Television Commission has called for the creation of a
single broadcasting regulator to monitor terrestrial, cable and
satellite TV channels. The ITC’s position is laid out in its submission
to the National Heritage select committee on the Future of
Scott Deutrom, the TV buying director of CIA Medianetwork, has left the
company one week after the launch of CIA’s new TV buying company, the
Negotiation Centre. CIA said last week that there would be no
redundancies in its TV department.
ANZ, one of Australia’s leading high street banks, has shortlisted
several London shops in connection with a global branding campaign for
its investments division. These include Young and Rubicam,
McCann-Erickson, Grey and Team Saatchi.
Laser Satellite and Cable, the division of the ITV sales house that
sells the Granada Sky Broadcasting channels, has snatched the airtime
sales contract for Live TV from its rivals, Carlton Cable, and Satellite
Sales. Laser will take on representation of airtime on Live TV’s
regional stations around the country.
The van manufacturer, LDV, has awarded Manning Gottlieb Media the
additional media planning and buying business for its dealer network.
The pounds 2 million business, which was handled by LDV’s regional
creative agency, Connect, was awarded without a pitch.
Six agencies are believed to be on a shortlist to contest the pounds 2
million account for discount travel Railcards. They include Doner
Cardwell Hawkins, Mellors Reay and Partners and two through-the-line
specialists, Aspen and Carlson.
Christine Walker, chief executive at Zenith Media, has left the company
and is now officially on gardening leave. The news ends speculation
surrounding her departure date following her resignation announcement
last month. Walker is expecting a baby later this year and is also
rumoured to be writing a book.
Haymarket Leisure Publications has announced that it is to cease
publication of SkySports magazine after the March issue. The title’s
publisher, Andrew Taplin, commented: ’It did not meet our circulation
The NABS Boxing Night on 3 February raised pounds 550,000 for the
advertising industry charity, up pounds 5,000 on last year. Dominic
Proctor steps down as chairman this month after two years. His
replacement has not been announced.