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Arif Durrani

Arif Durrani

Head of Media

Arif Durrani is head of media for Campaign and the editor of MediaWeek. Read his features and analyses here, news here and blog here and Tweets @DurraniMix

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MediaCom grabs top Campaign Media prize

- MediaCom picked up the Grand Prix at the Campaign Media Awards on Wednesday night after winning in three categories.

Omnicom agrees South Bank move

- Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, M2M, Manning Gottlieb OMD and TBWA\London are expected to be among the first wave of Omnicom agencies to relocate to the former Royal Bank of Scotland office building on London's South Bank next year.

As the business changes, know what you stand for

- Waking up to Bob Geldof asking for money, again, has made me a tad nostalgic this week, and highlighted the power that comes from having a clear mission.

Coronation Street plans live episode to celebrate 60 years of ITV

- Coronation Street, the Manchester soap, is planning to broadcast a live episode to celebrate the 60th anniversary of ITV, the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, in 2015.

Ofcom kick-starts investigation into £3bn Premier League TV rights

- Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the Premier League sells £3 billion worth of live UK audio-visual football rights in the UK, following a complaint from Virgin Media.

MediaCom's Karen Blackett 'most influential black person in Britain'

- Karen Blackett OBE, the chief executive of WPP's MediaCom, has been named the most influential black person in Britain, in the Powerlist today.

DigitasLBi is on hunt for new media leader as Ling exits

- Ed Ling is leaving his dual role as chief media officer and UK media director at DigitasLBi at the start of 2015.

Dixons Carphone begins £90m media review

- Dixons Carphone, the electronics retail group, has kicked off a review to consolidate its two media planning and buying accounts, worth a combined £87 million.

The media story behind the festive magic of Monty

- Who would have thought we'd all be talking about the arrival of a flightless bird native to Antarctica in the run-up to Christmas 2014?

How James Connelly became a mobile multimillionaire

- It wasn't so long ago that James Connelly was cold-calling potential clients from the directory. Now he is celebrating the big-money sale of his business, Fetch, to Dentsu Aegis Network. Arif Durrani reports

Is transparency still a concern for advertisers?

- Agency trading desks remain an issue for many clients, but are their fears misplaced? Arif Durrani investigates.

Havas Media's Paul Frampton: Agencies need 'healthy paranoia' about Google and Facebook

- Media agencies need to "wake-up" to the speed of change taking place in the industry today, otherwise Google and Facebook stand to make them "irrelevant", according to Paul Frampton, chief executive of Havas Media.

Fetch sells to Dentsu Aegis

- Dentsu Aegis Network has acquired the mobile specialist Fetch in a deal estimated to be worth £30 million.

Carat formally awarded Govt account after court decision

- Carat has been formally awarded the Government's £140 million media buying account, after Mr Justice Akenhead lifted the legal stay preventing the contract from leaving M4C.

TV remains top dog for brands going into 2015

- As 2014 hurtles towards its finale, all advertising data points to a year of two halves - part-fuelled, aptly enough, by football.

DMG names Charlie Cox as Metro MD

- DMG Media has appointed Charlie Cox as the managing director of Metro Newspapers, which sees him replace Steve ­Auckland.

Why the days of Mail Online could well be numbered

- At the start of the year, I was advised by a senior press leader to "keep my eyes on Northcliffe House" - words that have served me well in 2014.

OMD retains Eurotunnel media business

- OMD has retained the pan-European media business for Eurotunnel, the owner of the Channel Tunnel and the accompanying rail service, ending a 260 day pitch process.

YouTube's Susan Wojcicki hints at ad-free subscription service

- Google's YouTube is in the early stages of developing an advertising-free subscription service for online video, according to chief executive Susan Wojcicki.

IPA 'concerned' by outcome of Telefónica's media review

- The IPA has voiced concerns after Telefónica reversed its appointment of Publicis Groupe's ZenithOptimedia and hired Havas to handle its £200 million European media account after a process estimated to have cost agencies $4 million (£2.5 million).

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