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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 http://arifdurrani.mediaweek.co.uk/ and Tweets @DurraniMix

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Why Lewis Hamilton is prepared for agency life

- It's awkward question time: What do Lewis Hamilton, President Obama and 1.3 per cent of the UK's advertising and media agency workforce have in common?

BBC plots £18m media consolidation

- The BBC has expanded plans to review its £5 million media account to include the planning and buying business for BBC Orchestras, BBC Worldwide, World Service and Global News.

'Customers will pay for digital content' as subscribers reach 225,000, says The Sun editor

- The Sun, News UK's tabloid, has reported its number of digital subscribers has more than doubled to almost 250,000, less than 15 months after erecting a paywall around its content.

Hearst promotes Ella Dolphin to group commercial director

- Hearst Magazines UK has appointed Ella Dolphin to the newly created role of group commercial director.

Sainsbury's calls £60 million media review

- Sainsbury's has started a review of its £60 million media planning and buying business, handled by PHD for 19 years.

In pictures: Campaign Media Awards 2014

- More than 550 leaders from media agencies, media owners and advertisers celebrated creativity in the media business at the Campaign Media Awards, held at the London Hilton on Wednesday 19 October.

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.


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