Bhs has been speaking to two agencies about an advertising brief.
Saatchi & Saatchi, Bhs’s agency of record, was not included in the
discussions but Jane Hayman, marketing director for the retailer, denied
Bhs was seeking a replacement for Saatchis.
Sega Europe is understood to have shortlisted WCRS, Bartle Bogle
Hegarty, M&C Saatchi, Magic Hat and Rainey Kelly Campell Roalfe to pitch
for the pounds 63 million pan-European launch of its Dreamcast computer
The Office of Fair Trading has invited competitors and clients of Abbott
Mead Vickers BBDO to comment on competition issues arising from the
agency’s takeover by Omnicom. The OFT said the investigation was
The Inland Revenue has shortlisted Ammirati Puris Lintas, Euro RSCG Wnek
Gosper and Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe for its multi-million pound
campaign to support the launch of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs).
Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters declined to pitch for the business.
Saatchi & Saatchi has closed its offices in Dublin and Barcelona with
the loss of 33 jobs. Procter & Gamble in Ireland will now be handled
from the London office and Saatchis will lose its other main Irish
client, the telecoms company Eircel.
Associated Newspapers’ freesheet, Metro, will launch in the first week
of March and be distributed through a thousand London tube stations
between 6am and 10.30am. The tabloid will carry a synopsis of national
news from the previous day and television listings.
Martin Galton and Steve Hooper, the two Bartle Bogle Hegarty senior
creatives who left the agency in November to set up their own shop, have
joined RPM3 on a three-month contract to reorganise the agency’s
Dr Martens, the shoe brand owned by R. Griggs, is understood to be
talking to a number of top 30 agencies with a view to drawing up a
shortlist for an advertising project.
General Motors has appointed BH McCann to handle the launch of the
restyled Opel Vectra across Europe, excluding the UK. BH McCann pitched
against Lowe in Germany and McCann-Erickson offices across Europe for
the business. UK advertising will be handled by Lowe Howard-Spink.
The pitchlists for BT’s pounds 160 million advertising business are
expected to be finalised in meetings this week. The account will be
divided into three separate pitches: consumer, business and youth.
Signet, the jewellery retail group, is splitting the creative assignment
on its pounds 3 million account between the incumbent, Mortimer
Whittaker O’Sullivan, which will retain H. Samuel, and RPM3, which takes
over the Ernest Jones account.
Mullen, the US agency, which has been searching Europe for creative and
media partners, has picked the UK-based international copywriting
company, World Writers, to handle its creative work in international
markets. The agency recently appointed Mediapolis to handle
international media planning and buying.
Campaign has undergone a few design tweaks with effect from this week’s
issue. Newly-extended Accounts Under Review and Business Performance
Leagues will appear exclusively on channel 9 of Campaign’s website
(www.campaignlive.com). Dominic Mills’s column moves to the Opinion page
alongside a new regular opinion piece from readers called Industry View.
Pick and Turkey of the Week move to the third page of Close-Up while
Global Brief has been extended. The editor’s column moves to page two.