The Central Office of Information is looking for an agency to create a campaign to tackle tobacco and alcohol smuggling. The ads will encourage people to inform on anyone they suspect of smuggling.

The Central Office of Information is looking for an agency to

create a campaign to tackle tobacco and alcohol smuggling. The ads will

encourage people to inform on anyone they suspect of smuggling.

RPM3 is looking for a new creative chief following the departure of

Martin Galton and Steve Hooper. Galton and Hooper, both former Bartle

Bogle Hegarty creatives, were taken on as caretaker heads of the

creative department in February.

Paul Keenan, managing director of Emap Metro, has quashed rumours that

the company’s new weekly entertainment magazine, Heat, is


’The average sale to date over the first nine issues is 80,000. The

issue featuring Flat Eric looks to have broken the 100,000 mark,’ he


Cable & Wireless Communications is considering a partial merger with the

rival cable company, Telewest Communications, in a move which could see

CWC divest itself of its residential cable interests. Discussions are

said to be at an early stage.

Time Computers has shortlisted three agencies to pitch against the

incumbent, BDH TBWA, for its ad business. Bates Dorland, Cogent and Tom

Reddy Advertising have been lined up for the task.

BSkyB has offered to exclude Manchester United representatives from its

Premier League TV rights negotiations in a bid to smooth its proposed

takeover of the club. The proposal would mean Sky would not have access

to confidential information about rival bids for the rights through its

United interests.

The Consumers’ Association is calling on the Government to regulate

advertising and sponsorship in schools. It has asked the Department of

Education to produce rules which would limit the type of sponsorship and

ads which may appear.

West Anglia Great Northern trains (WAGN) has chosen Evans Hunt Scott to

create a below-the-line campaign for its two main commuter lines to

Peterborough and Cambridge. The rail operator, which also runs the

Stansted Express line, is thought to have spoken to two other agencies

about the business.

The European Parliament is being urged to clamp down on unsolicited

advertising by commercial e-mail. A ban on ’spamming’ is being demanded

by the European Internet Service Providers’ Association.

Reed Elsevier has admitted that the candidate it hoped to make its chief

executive after an eight month search has backed down after a boardroom

row. Two directors, Pierre Vinken and Loek van Vollenhoven, resigned on

Tuesday because of conflict over the recruitment process. Jonathan

Newcomb, the chairman and chief executive of Simon & Schuster, was the

favourite candidate for the post.

The Independent Television Commission has added its opposition to plans

by the Medicines Control Agency to use draconian new powers to control

pharmaceutical advertising. It has told the MCA that there is no need

for the new rules which will affect the ITC’s regulatory


Brook Street, the temping agency made famous by the ’Brook Street Girl’

campaigns of the 80s, has appointed Team Saatchi to create a new poster

campaign aimed at potential employers and employees. The ads will break

later this year.

Lowe Hunt & Partners, the new Sydney agency backed by the Lowe Group,

has appointed Paul Bradbury from Bartle Bogle Hegarty as its first

account director. Bradbury worked on Levi’s and FHM at BBH until he left

for Australia last year.

Delaney Fletcher Bozell has hired two new account directors. Andy Ravin

joins from Saatchi & Saatchi to run the Unisys and Nortel accounts, and

Jo Green joins from Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper to head the Del Monte and

Premier accounts.

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