Pitch Update

Freeview seems to be keeping its options open after kicking off the review of its £10 million advertising account.

It's still in the very early stages but around eight agencies are currently in contact with the company, hoping to compete for the business. These are understood to include JWT, Albion, McCann London, The Red Brick Road and Grey London. The pitch, which kicked off last week, is being run by the AAR. The previous incumbent, 18 Feet & Rising, is not repitching.

Those agencies vying for the Transport for London advertising pitch, which was reignited earlier this month after being abandoned last year, may have to wait a little longer still. Word is that the client is preparing to restart the process again, but that any meetings won't take place for at least a couple more months, by which time it'll probably have become the longest review process in ad history.

The ExxonMobil global media review is heating up and it is understood that only the incumbent media shops, OMD, MPG and Universal McCann, have been shortlisted to make presentations to the client at its Dallas HQ this week. Then the client is due to visit local markets in May.

While the tranquil media new-business world was also stirred slightly by this week's news of pitches by Novartis and Tia Maria, it remains deadly quiet on the UK front. However, word is reaching the market of an FMCG client reviewing through the auditor Fairbrother Lenz Eley. Finally, something on the horizon for all those under-occupied new-business directors to get excited about.