Stuart Higgins resigned suddenly from his position as editor of the
Sun late on Wednesday. He has been replaced by David Yelland, deputy
editor of the New York Post and a former City editor of the Sun. Higgins
has edited the Sun since January 1994 and will carry on at News
International in a senior role. The Sun’s circulation fell almost 6 per
cent year on year in the April ABC audit.
Carat has won the dollars 40 million global media planning and buying
account for the holiday company, Club Med, which is currently handled by
Optimedia. The appointment is being seen by Carat as a testament to the
strength of its claims to be a global media player. The creative account
remains with Publicis.
Richard Eyre, the ITV chief executive, has urged advertisers to join him
in lobbying for an end to competitive scheduling by the BBC against ITV.
Eyre said he would be asking the Incorporated Society of British
Advertisers to back his campaign to force the BBC to publish its
schedules before ITV, rather than waiting to see ITV’s plans first.
Douglas Thursby-Pelham has quit as managing director of Clark & Taylor
after just nine months in the job. The former Publicis client services
director would not comment on his departure, although friends claim he
found it difficult to make the cultural shift from Publicis to Clark &
Taylor and was disappointed at what he believed was the agency’s slow
pace of change.
Ron Leagas is to pitch for the pounds 3.5 million Royal & Sun Alliance’s
direct sell service, Invest-On-Line, which he has been handling since
Leagas Shafron Davis closed in March. He faces a contest with two other
unnamed agencies and will pitch in tandem with the below-the-line shop,
the Edge, where he has been servicing the account since Leagas Shafron
went into receivership.
The European’s managing director, Michael Moore, has quit the newspaper
suddenly ’to pursue other interests’, according to a statement. Moore
was at the European for three-and-a-half years, joining from Express
Newspapers. A restructuring at the European is expected to follow his
An immediate pitch for the pounds 18 million combined account of the
merged supermarket chains, Somerfield and Kwik Save, has been ruled out,
despite plans to bring all the stores under the Somerfield banner. A
Somerfield spokesman said the change would take up to five years and
advertising would stay with the incumbents, RPM3 and McCann-Erickson,
for the foreseeable future.
The Irish food company, Ennis Foods, is understood to be talking to a
number of London agencies about the pounds 3 million launch of its
Rumblers brand. The cereal, which comes in individual pots with
containers of milk and a spoon, was introduced into the UK in February.
No-one at Ennis Foods would comment on the review as Campaign went to
The Guardian has shortlisted BMP DDB and WCRS to pitch for its creative
account alongside a third agency which is still to be announced. The
Guardian is also to launch a broadsheet sports section which will appear
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the duration of the World
The Poulter agency in Leeds has survived a pitch against Advertising
Principles, also in Leeds, to retain the creative task on its pounds 3
million Redrow Homes account. But Redrow is believed to be splitting
with MediaVantage, the agency’s media dependant. Poulters recently lost
pounds 4 million worth of McCain Foods business and the pounds 3 million
Yorkshire Electricity account.
Chrysalis Radio has put together a consortium to bid for the central
Scotland radio licence, backed by Billy Connolly, Mirror Group’s Daily
Record and the Big Issue in Scotland. The consortium is entitled the
Edge, and will target 15- to 30-year-old listeners. The closing date for
applications to the Radio Authority is 28 July and a result is expected