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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.

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

game console.



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

standard practice.



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

creative department.



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.



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