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Lufthansa will see pitches in Germany on Friday for the pounds 10 to pounds 12 million pan-European relaunch of its executive-class flight service. The list of agencies includes Ogilvy and Mather, Saatchi and Saatchi and the incumbent, Young and Rubicam.

Lufthansa will see pitches in Germany on Friday for the pounds 10 to

pounds 12 million pan-European relaunch of its executive-class flight

service. The list of agencies includes Ogilvy and Mather, Saatchi and

Saatchi and the incumbent, Young and Rubicam.



Phil Lawlor, the marketing director-cum-general manager of Sunday

Business, has left the company. He departed on Monday after a serious

disagreement with the paper’s owner, Gordon Brown. It is understood that

Sunday Business is looking to replace Lawlor internally, but there are,

as yet, no takers.



Bob Hoskins is likely to bow out as the front man for BT’s ‘it’s good to

talk’ campaign in the autumn. The actor’s contract with BT expires at

the end of the year, but he will shoot at least four new commercials

through Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO before handing over to the comedian,

Billy Connolly.



Bass has reduced the shortlist on the Grolsch/Hooch pitch to two. The

pounds 6 million account has been in the air since Bass dumped Bates

Dorland from its roster (Campaign, 3 May). Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters

has been removed from the shortlist, with DMB&B and Euro RSCG Wnek

Gosper expected to submit more ideas to Bass. A result is expected in

the next few weeks.



Alistair Delves, Ogilvy and Mather’s head of television, is leaving the

agency after two years to concentrate on his management consultancy

business. Delves, 49, joined O&M from Young and Rubicam in October 1994.

He is expected to remain at O&M for the next two months until a

successor is found.



Emap Pursuit has chosen McCann-Erickson and Universal McCann, its media

buying arm, to handle the launch of Sported, its fortnightly sports

magazine for teenagers, following a five-way pitch (Campaign, 12 July).



Apple, the troubled computer company, has affirmed its intention to stay

with the BBDO network, scotching speculation that it would ditch its

global agency of ten years. But the company expects to cut back its

dollars 200 million budget by up to 10 per cent and change its

advertising approach to convince consumers that it is on the road to

recovery.



The through-the-line agency, Claydon Heeley, has picked up the pounds 1

million Lanson champagne account which Saatchi and Saatchi was forced to

resign in March when it took on the Moet et Chandon business. The client

has commissioned a brand audit before developing a new communications

strategy.



Sky Sports and Haymarket Magazines has appointed Grounds Morris to

launch its joint-venture Sky Sports Magazine, planned for the autumn.

The publishing director, Andrew Taplin, said: ‘We must establish the

title as a brand in its own right, while taking advantage of the

promotional opportunities provided by the link-up with Sky Sports’.



A row has broken out between the Daily Record and the Sun in Scotland.

The Record claims that the Sun is giving away thousands of copies to

boost its circulation figures. In response, the Record has launched a

campaign offering a pounds 10 reward to any newsagent who reports an

approach from the Sun’s publisher, News International, to participate in

the hand-out. The Sun this week denied the allegations.



Amanda Platell, managing director of the Independent, is understood to

have been approached about the vacant marketing director’s post at

Express Newspapers. Mirror Group Newspapers, however, denied that

Platell was leaving the company.



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