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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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Yahoo appoints Marc Bignell as head of trading for the EMEA region

- Yahoo has confirmed the appointment of Omnicom's Marc Bignell as head of trading across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Govt finalises £140m media buying shortlist

- Omnicom Media Group is among those shortlisted for the Government's £140 million media buying business, currently handled by WPP's dedicated agency M4C.

Take a lead from Carat and recharge your batteries over the summer holidays

- School's out for the summer - and so too, for once, is the sunshine. As teachers across the country pick themselves up and begin the healing process, spurred on no doubt by the promise that Michael Gove will not be returning to class in September, thoughts invariably turn to our own great escapes.

Arena wins £4m Seven Seas owner Merck Consumer Health account

- Arena has won the £4 million media business for Merck Consumer Health, owner of Seven Seas and Hailborange, currently handled by MEC Manchester.

Omnicom reports 7% rise in pre-tax profit in Q2

- Omnicom Group, home to BBDO, DDB Worldwide and Omnicom Media Group, has reported a 7 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to $514.7 million for the second quarter, on the back of recovering ad markets and strong organic growth.

Bloomberg appoints Matt Teeman as commercial director EMEA

- Bloomberg Media has appointed former DMG Media and BBC Magazines leader Matt Teeman as its commercial director in Europe, Media East and Africa.

Spotify parts ways with European leader Chris Maples

- Chris Maples, vice president of Europe at Spotify, has left his role with the music company after three years, Media Week understands.

News brands are keen to set the agenda, but it is a time for collaboration

- "The NRS in its current form no longer serves newspaper needs." Not my words but those of Bob Hulks, the ex-independent chairman of the Newspaper Publishers Association Review Group, speaking at the Media Research Group conference back in 1998.

Newspapers throw the future of NRS in doubt

- The press is reviewing its relationship with the measurement body as it seeks a system for the digital age. By Arif Durrani.

Steve Auckland becomes CEO of Independent and Evening Standard operations

- Metro's managing director Steve Auckland has been named as the new chief executive of the Independent and Evening Standard newsbrands and extensions, including London Live.

Tim Hipperson to become interim CEO of Weve

- Weve, the mobile joint venture between EE, O2 and Vodafone, is set to appoint the former G2 Joshua and ZenithOptimedia leader, Tim Hipperson, as interim chief executive.

Channel 5 to plunge Big Brother into Dawn of the Planet of the Apes scenario

- Channel 5 is set to put this year's Big Brother contestants into a post-apocalyptic world, with housemates set a number of survival-based tasks around the theme of upcoming blockbuster, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Does Stuff's move herald a new era for men's mags?

- Is Stuff's decision to remove women models from its front covers significant for the industry, Arif Durrani asks.

Pemsel's mission to bring back The Guardian's mojo is showing some success

- There is one hell of a swagger around The Guardian's Kings Place this week, and it belongs, of course, to David Pemsel.

Intersnack divides €50m European media duties between Vizeum and Initiative

- Intersnack, the German food manufacturer, is believed to have split its €50 million pan-European media business between Vizeum and Initiative.

Arena lands Flight Centre's media business

- Havas Media Group's Arena has been awarded Flight Centre's media planning and buying account, previously handled by IPG's Initiative.

Guardian plotting English language launch in India

- The Guardian's open, digital journalism has plenty more room for growth, including plans to launch in India, according to deputy chief executive David Pemsel - just don't mention GQ's Michael Wolff.

Guardian News & Media reduces losses by 27% to £19.4m

- Guardian News & Media, publisher of The Guardian, The Observer and, has reported underlying losses of £19.4 million for the 12 months ending 30 March 2014, and ongoing growth in digital revenues.

Commercial leader Neil Jones exits Johnston Press

- Johnston Press is on the hunt for a new commercial leader following the exit of Neil Jones after two years.

VisitEngland secures Channel 5 cycling initiative

- VisitEngland is set to run a commercial initiative across Channel 5 in an attempt to tap into the UK's growing passion for cycling, following recent British sporting success and the Tour De France's upcoming jaunt through the heart of England,

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