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CIA Medianetwork is planning to overhaul its European operations next week in a move that will see the group’s non-executive director, David Reich, take a more hands-on role. The agency’s European operations will be split into three territories, with Reich in control of one area. Mike Elms, the chief executive of CIA (UK) Holdings, and Mainardo De Nardis, the managing director Europe, are also thought to be involved in the restructure. Meanwhile, Laser Sales’ auditing company is understood to be examining the books of CIA’s UK group companies as the dispute over a claimed multi-million pound shortfall in the agency’s spending with Laser and TSMS continues.

CIA Medianetwork is planning to overhaul its European operations next

week in a move that will see the group’s non-executive director, David

Reich, take a more hands-on role. The agency’s European operations will

be split into three territories, with Reich in control of one area. Mike

Elms, the chief executive of CIA (UK) Holdings, and Mainardo De Nardis,

the managing director Europe, are also thought to be involved in the

restructure. Meanwhile, Laser Sales’ auditing company is understood to

be examining the books of CIA’s UK group companies as the dispute over a

claimed multi-million pound shortfall in the agency’s spending with

Laser and TSMS continues.



Friends of the Earth, the environmental pressure group that has

repeatedly been chastised by the Advertising Standards Authority, is

reviewing its advertising account as it prepares to appoint its first

permanent agency of record. McCann-Erickson, Leagas Shafron Davis and

Hill Murray are expected to pitch.



The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising has backtracked on its

plan to celebrate Maurice Saatchi’s life peerage with a party (Campaign,

23 August). Instead, it will hold a lunch or dinner for the M&C Saatchi

founder and a small number of senior industry figures in November.



Sky Television is looking for a sponsor for its flagship programme, the

X-Files. The show’s loyal 16- to 34 year-old following, which regularly

delivers more than 11 TVRs, commands a sponsorship price of pounds

220,000 for the fourth series, on air from February 1997.



Aegis, the parent company of TMD Carat, has confirmed its acquisition of

Media Buying Services International in New York and has announced a 15

per cent rise in pre-tax profits to pounds 18.7 million for the six

months to 30 June. The company is also rumoured to be a takeover target

for both WPP and the Interpublic Group.



Mirror Group Newspapers has reported better than expected results for

the six months to 30 June, with pre-tax profits at pounds 39 million, up

from pounds 37.8 million. The interim results were helped by a reduction

in losses at Live TV and lower newsprint costs.



The Observer claims that a recent revamp of the title under its latest

editor, Will Hutton, is paying off with sales up by 10 per cent, or

around 50,000 copies, over the last fortnight. Sales for Sunday, 1

September were up 30,000 and were followed by another 20,000 climb last

Sunday to an unaudited figure of around 485,000. The title’s ABC sale

for July stood at 434,580.



Anthony Simonds-Gooding, the former chairman of Ammirati Puris Lintas,

has been appointed a non-executive director of Clark and Taylor. The

pounds 24 million-billing agency’s clients include Sainsbury’s, United

Biscuits, Unilever and Whitbread.



Harry Turner, the former managing director of TSW, is to take over as

the president of NABS. Turner will succeed the current president, the

ex-LWT sales chief, Ron Miller, at the end of this year.



Stannah, specialists in the manufacture of lifts for the elderly, is

ending its 12-year association with the Riggs agency in Southampton to

move its pounds 3 million account into Osprey RMA, the South-coast

agency arm of the Osprey group. A TV and press campaign will begin next

year. Media arrangements are yet to be finalised.



More than 3,000 subscribers to Campaign will receive a lifestyle

questionnaire in the post this week. It will ask about the aims and

aspirations of people working in advertising in the 90s. The results

will form part of a salary survey and lifestyle report to be published

on 8 November. If you would like to contribute, call Jane Austin on

0171-413 4123.



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