HHCL & Partners has been hired by Tandy to undertake a brand
development project. The appointment follows the acquisition of the
electrical retailer by Carphone Warehouse. Young & Rubicam, the
incumbent on the Tandy advertising account, is unaffected.
BSkyB will appeal a customs and excise decision to impose VAT on its Sky
TV Guide at a tribunal hearing on 29 and 30 March. Sky has so far
managed to avoid paying tax on the Guide, which is distributed free to
all Sky TV subscribers, although it has a cover price of pounds 3.25.
Sky has in the past gained a zero tax rating because it counts the TV
Guide and its satellite and broadcasting subscriptions as two separate
products. If the decision goes against Sky, it could face a tax bill of
around pounds 24 million.
McCann-Erickson Manchester has made 12 redundancies and reduced its
television production department to one person as part of an agency
restructuring. Sue Little, the managing director, said the agency had
also created a number of new jobs and was ’shifting things round’.
Swatch has awarded its UK media account to CDP Media following a pitch
against New PHD’s second-string agency, Rocket. Carat was the incumbent
on the Swatch account until last year and had held on to Swatch UK media
buying since 1995 despite international centralisation into CIA
BTR Siebe has selected a shortlist of four agencies for its expected
multi-million pound launch advertising account (Campaign, last week).
The agencies included are the incumbent, Team Saatchi, Euro RSCG Wnek
Gosper, WCRS and J. Walter Thompson.
ONdigital is teaming up with the digital consortium, SDN, to launch
digital terrestrial pay-per-view services. The new operation will be
made available later this year offering viewers a range of sports,
movies and major events on a pay-as-you-go basis. ONdigital has also
signed off another pounds 30 million adspend to drive sales of its
The Association of British Insurers has shortlisted Zenith Media, New
PHD, MediaVest and BBJ Media Services for its savings and long-term risk
project, said to be worth pounds 15 million.
Circus has appointed two new associates. Sophie Webster joins from
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, where she was account director on BT. Emma
Atkinson has been freelancing for clients including Adidas, Kiss FM and
the Blue Note Club.
MindShare has recruited a new director to head its Ford media account.
Jonathan Davies, a founder of the through-the-line agency, Dolphin, had
signed up to join Booth Lockett Makin as a planning director but pulled
out when he was offered the MindShare position.
The Charles Walls agency in Leeds is closing its media department and
will put all its media buying through MediaVest, which has handled the
agency’s broadcast work for the past two years. The change is not
expected to result in casualties among the four-strong department.
Haymarket, the publisher of Campaign, has acquired Human Resources
Magazine, the trade title for senior human resource and personnel
professionals, from Martin Leach Publishing Group for an undisclosed
A memorial service for Julie Bedwell, the former Procter & Gamble TV
production manager who died last August after a two-year battle against
cancer, will take place on 11 March at 12 noon at St Paul’s Church,
Covent Garden. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend.