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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.

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

new markets.



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

Parliamentary time.



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

Broadcasting.



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

objectives’.



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.



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