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Leo Burnett in Chicago may stand to benefit most from this week’s pounds 67 billion merger between British Petroleum and the oil group, Amoco - a Burnetts client - as the BP name is phased out from service stations and convenience stores in the US. The BP business in the UK is handled by Doner Cardwell Hawkins.

Leo Burnett in Chicago may stand to benefit most from this week’s

pounds 67 billion merger between British Petroleum and the oil group,

Amoco - a Burnetts client - as the BP name is phased out from service

stations and convenience stores in the US. The BP business in the UK is

handled by Doner Cardwell Hawkins.



WPP has increased its stake in Tempus, the holding company whose assets

include CIA Medianetwork, from 13.7 per cent to 14.7 per cent, just

below the crucial 15 per cent mark when statutory restrictions to a

possible takeover bid would come into effect.



Diadora, the Italian sports brand, is talking to agencies including the

incumbent, Redmond Jones, about revamping its image in the UK. A

campaign is planned using celebrity endorsers such as the footballers,

Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Phil Babb. Media, handled by the Media

Business North, is unlikely to be affected.



Andy Blood, one half of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe’s senior creative

team, is taking a six-month sabbatical. Blood - whose partner, Richard

Beesening, will remain at the agency - will be based in New Zealand for

the duration.



More Group is promoting its group development director, Coline

McConville, to chief operating officer from 1 September. McConville

takes over from Vincent Slevin, who becomes chairman of Adshel

Worldwide.



The Government will unveil a second wave of advertising to support its

New Deal initiative this weekend. The commercials, created by St Luke’s,

are designed to win over employers not yet signed up to the scheme. The

films feature young people telling unsuspecting onlookers about how they

have benefited from the New Deal, which aims to find work for unemployed

youths.



British Sky Broadcasting has announced a pounds 43 million fall in

pre-tax profits to pounds 271 million for the year to 30 June. The

losses are attributed in part to increased spend on sport and marketing.

Turnover was up 15 per cent to pounds 1,434 million and ad revenue was

up 30 per cent to pounds 195 million.



Andy Hawkins, the former commercial director of Atlantic 252, who has

been working on a buyout plan for the station with his European Radio

Ventures consortium, is understood to have pulled out of the

negotiations.



Sources said the asking price - an estimated pounds 30 million - was too

high.



The Publicis group has reported a record worldwide billings growth of 41

per cent for the first half of this year. Maurice Levy, the group

chairman, said the figure, which represents a 13 per cent increase on a

constant consolidation and exchange rate basis, was the result of an

economic recovery in Europe and the World Cup.



The ad manager at the Express, Rhidian Crighton-Stuart, has been poached

by Capital Radio to set up its Scottish office. Crighton-Stuart joined

the Express last year from Virgin Radio, where he was marketing

director.



Liberty Radio has hired the through-the-line agency, Fox Clark, to

handle its full-service advertising account, after ending its

relationship with the McWilliams Partnership which advertised its

relaunch in April.



Alan Bishop has drafted the first major player into his new global

business development unit at Saatchi & Saatchi. Steve Chinn, Saatchis’

European planning director, will become director of planning,

international business development.



Alex Young, the PR manager at BMP DDB, is leaving the agency to join the

AAR Group, where she will head the PR register. Young, who leaves BMP at

the end of the month, is the first person to be employed full-time by

the AAR Group’s PR division. She will market and build up the

service.



BMP DDB and its sister agency, BMP Optimum, have been appointed to

produce a TV advertising campaign for Emap Elan’s health title, Top

Sante. The pounds 250,000 tactical TV campaign will promote the

September issue.



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