REVIEW: Marketing and advertising news in the week’s press

Sony has shortlisted J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Young & Rubicam, BBDO and the incumbent, DDB, to pitch for its pan-European advertising account. Marketing Week

Sony has shortlisted J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Young &

Rubicam, BBDO and the incumbent, DDB, to pitch for its pan-European

advertising account. Marketing Week



Peter Macleod, BT’s former managing director of global business markets,

is to replace Afshin Mohebbi as the managing director of UK markets -

BT’s most senior marketing position. General release



Conde Nast has disposed of its 40 per cent stake in Wagadon, the

publisher of The Face and Arena. Wagadon’s founder, Nick Logan, has

bought the shares back after a year that has seen the closure of one

Wagadon magazine, the reduction of another from monthly to quarterly and

a drop in sales for its two flagship titles. CampaignLive



Will Hutton, editor-in-chief of The Observer, has been interviewed for

the BBC’s director-general job. He joins Andrew Neil and BBC insiders on

the list to replace John Birt when he retires. The Observer



Marks & Spencer is to sell through the web in an effort to stem flagging

retail sales. The retailer announced a pounds 600,000 fall in profits on

Tuesday. Marketing



Virgin Holidays is looking for an agency to handle its pounds 1.5

million account. It has previously used a number of small design

agencies. General release



Allders, the department store, is talking to agencies about its local

press advertising account. The business was previously with Bates UK but

has been handled in-house for the past 18 months. The broadcast and

outdoor work stays with Bates. Marketing



Mills & Allen will use the internet to hold auctions for its unsold

poster sites. The auctions will be held every second Thursday in the

month. General release



The London Fire & Civil Defence Authority is seeking an agency to handle

its advertising account, worth pounds 1.5 million over three years.

Marketing Week



Timex UK is reviewing its pounds 500,000 account, currently held by

McCann-Erickson. Fallon McElligott is tipped to win the task. Marketing

Week



Baxters Foods has handed its pounds 1 million media account, formerly

handled by BBJ Media Services, to Feather Brooksbank. Marketing



Lee Cooper will look for a creative agency towards the end of this year

to handle its pan-European advertising account. Its most recent

advertising has been through Ground Morris Campbell. Marketing



Interbrand Newell and Sorrell, the identity consultancy, has appointed

Penny Harris to lead its brand development team. She moves from First

Direct, where she was head of marketing, strategy and innovation.

General release



Lowe & Partners/SMS is attempting to bring back its former executive

vice-president, Bruce Kelley, and is also talking to Rob Quish, a

worldwide director of Ammirati Puris Lintas. They would replace Bob

Kantor, who left the agency in December. Adweek



Sainsbury’s, the supermarket giant, is rolling out a scheme that will

allow its own-label products to be sold through village shops. The

Times.