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Kwik Save, the cut-price supermarket, is reviewing its advertising and media arrangements out of McCann-Erickson Manchester. The retailer spent more than pounds 6 million on advertising last year. The marketing director, Nick Goff, said the rethink will encompass advertising and media as well as internal operations, but added that the current advertising contracts are not up for competitive pitch at this point.

Kwik Save, the cut-price supermarket, is reviewing its advertising and

media arrangements out of McCann-Erickson Manchester. The retailer spent

more than pounds 6 million on advertising last year. The marketing

director, Nick Goff, said the rethink will encompass advertising and

media as well as internal operations, but added that the current

advertising contracts are not up for competitive pitch at this point.



BSkyB is planning to launch another clutch of satellite TV channels this

autumn, which is understood to include a cartoon channel with Warner

Brothers, a pay-per-view sports channel and a Virgin music channel to

rival MTV. The channels are to launch on Astra before the end of the

year.



The Irish Tourist Board has appointed the Dublin-based agency,

Peter Owens, and its associate, DDB Needham, to handle its pounds 10

million global advertising account following a five-way pitch against

Lowe Howard-Spink; M&C Saatchi; the UK incumbent, J. Walter Thompson;

and the Irish incumbent, DDFH&B.



The Family Channel plans to issue briefs in mid-July to the four

agencies it has shortlisted for the station’s pounds 1- to pounds 2-

million relaunch. The agencies are Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy, Bartle

Bogle Hegarty, WCRS, TBWA and McCann-Erickson.



Benetton’s creative director, Oliviero Toscani, has produced an ad for

Apple, as tipped in Campaign (last week). The ad appears in Benetton’s

quarterly magazine, Colors. Apple said the ad was created by Toscani

after talks with the creative director, but was not commissioned or paid

for. The ad shows two angels under the headline, ‘What sex are angels?’,

followed by the Apple logo. The words, ‘You know’, appear under the

picture. BBDO Worldwide handles Apple’s advertising globally.



Granada Sky Broadcasting, the joint venture between BSkyB and the

Granada Group, will make its flagship channels available to the entire

UK cable and satellite market from launch, after securing a space on the

Astra 1A satellite. GSB, due to launch with seven channels in autumn,

was previously lined up for a place on the Astra 1D satellite, but this

would have left significant areas of the country without access.



Redrow, the house-building group, has confirmed Poulters in Leeds as the

new agency for its pounds 3 million account. The company had previously

indicated that it wanted to work with the agency but said it needed to

resolve strategic and creative issues (Campaign, 12 April). Poulters

will formally take over the business from the Quadrant agency in

Warrington this month.



Chris Macleod’s appointment as the managing director of Collett

Dickenson Pearce has been ratified by the agency’s Japanese parent,

Dentsu. Macleod, who joined the agency in March, assumes his new role

following the departure of the chief executive, Ben Langdon, for McCann-

Erickson (Campaign, 3 May).



The leading US computer games outfit, Interplay, has put pounds 1.5

million of advertising business up for grabs after parting company with

the Ideas Exchange, the agency run by the Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters

account director, Mark Whelan. Interplay’s European marketing manager,

Neal McCleave, confirmed that he was looking for an agency to work on

three games launches.



BBJ Media Services has been confirmed as the media partner working

alongside M&C Saatchi on Disney Stores (Campaign, 15 March). BBJ adds

the pounds 2-pounds 3 million account to the Disney Buena Vista video

business it already handles. BBJ will also partner Knight Leach Delaney

on the pounds 500,000 DTI Business Link London account (Campaign, 3

May).



The Royal Marsden Hospital has warned companies against responding to a

hoax chain letter. The letter purports to be written on behalf of a

terminally-ill cancer patient, Gary Richards, who is supposedly trying

to collect enough business cards to get into the Guinness Book of

Records before he dies.



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