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Rover Group has said a move to put the Rover and BMW advertising accounts, held by Ammirati Puris Lintas and WCRS respectively, out to pitch ’is not going to happen in the short term’. Speculation about a review follows a global management shake-up of the Rover marketing department.

Rover Group has said a move to put the Rover and BMW advertising

accounts, held by Ammirati Puris Lintas and WCRS respectively, out to

pitch ’is not going to happen in the short term’. Speculation about a

review follows a global management shake-up of the Rover marketing

department.



St Luke’s has said it will not repitch for Eurostar if the account is

put up for review. Eurostar has centralised its UK, French and Belgian

marketing functions, leading to speculation that it could consolidate

its media and creative work across Europe. A Eurostar spokesman said no

decision about a review had yet been made.



Publicis has appointed John Wisbey as chief executive of its new

contract publishing division, Publicis BluePrint. He was formerly

business development director at Forward Publishing where he was close

to the Tesco account.



Jason Frost, former publishing director of Redwood Publishing, is to be

managing director of BluePrint, which was formed after Asda chose

Publicis to do its customer magazine.



John Teal has been appointed advertising director of the Daily Mail.



He had been caretaking the job since the promotion of Mike Ironside to

managing director of The Mail on Sunday early this year.



New PHD has retained the HSBC media account in the UK. Last week the

financial services company appointed Zenith Media Worldwide as its lead

media agency internationally. Zenith is unable to handle the HSBC

account in the UK because it would clash with its Lloyds TSB media

business.



Four agencies are pitching for Texaco’s through-the-line business. The

incumbent, IMP, has been joined by Tequila Payne Stracey, GGT Direct and

HHCL & Partners. Pitches have not yet taken place.



Saatchi & Saatchi has reorganised its finance department, making Sally

Spensley finance director for Saatchis in London, France, Germany, Italy

and Spain. Alec Graham, formerly finance director of Saatchis London,

takes charge of the Middle East and Africa and all other European

markets.



Longmire, the luxury jewellery brand, has chosen Spirit Advertising to

handle its international creative account. Spirit has created a new

cufflinks print campaign to run in European and US luxury titles.



Davies Little Cowley Fiddes has picked up the advertising and direct

marketing account for the UK’s number two home security company,

Protection One. The account is believed to be worth pounds 1 million and

was awarded without a pitch.



Following last week’s appointment of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, the

Energy Savings Trust has hired Carlson as its sales promotion

agency.



Griffin Bacal has been appointed to handle the launch of Town Pages, an

internet information service to challenge the likes of Scoot and Talking

Pages. Regional trials are underway for the service, which will roll out

nationally later this year.



Campaign’s coverage of direct news will now run through the whole news

section each week, rather than on its own, discrete page. This gives

below-the-line stories a prominence that relates purely to their

significance, rather than confining them to a ghetto defined by the

nature of the work.



The Ivy won the coveted Favourite Media Restaurant accolade in Monday’s

Carlton London Restaurant Awards. The Media Restaurant category,

sponsored by Campaign, was voted on by Campaign readers and Carlton

Television.



Tickets are still available for the inaugural Campaign Direct Awards, to

be held on 12 April at the Park Lane Hotel, London. Tickets cost pounds

105 a head plus VAT and are available from Helen Thomas on 0171 413

4391.



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