Unity has won the strategic planning for Carphone Warehouse’s pounds 13.5 million account. Planning and buying has previously been with Matters Media, which will continue to handle buying

Unity has won the strategic planning for Carphone Warehouse’s

pounds 13.5 million account. Planning and buying has previously been

with Matters Media, which will continue to handle buying

David Hill, Labour’s chief media spokesman and the party’s former

director of communications, is quitting the party to become a senior

director at Bell Pottinger Good Relations, part of Bell Pottinger

Communications Group. Hill has fought on opposite sides of the political

fence from Sir Tim Bell, the Tory advisor, in the past four general


The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it is investigating

the BBC’s News 24. The announcement came the day after Rupert Murdoch

accused the BBC of putting Sky News in jeopardy by providing the 24-hour

news channel free to cable operators, even though it was funded by a

licence fee.

Walker Media has picked up the pounds 3 million media planning and

buying account for Packard Bell from MediaVest. The Packard Bell

business has traditionally been handled in tandem with the Dixons media

account, which Walker Media took from MediaVest earlier this year.

Ron Leagas, the chairman of Leagas Shafron Davis, which went into

administrative receivership last month, is believed to be trying to

strike a deal with another agency which would allow him to continue to

handle the pounds 3.5 million Royal & SunAlliance Invest On-Line


Government ministers said that the winner of next month’s ’make work

pay’ pitch would be in a strong position to pick up a much bigger

campaign next year to complement St Luke’s activities on Welfare to

Work. The second campaign would promote the measures announced in last

month’s budget to boost the incomes of families with a breadwinner in a

low-income job.

Saatchi & Saatchi has been appointed by the South African-based shipping

company, RMS Titanic, to handle the pounds 3 million account to promote

the company’s planned rebuild and relaunch of a ship named Titanic.

TMD Carat has snatched back the pounds 5.3 million media account for

Walt Disney World (Florida) just a week after the account moved on a

full-service basis to Leo Burnett. Disney is understood to have felt

that the media was better centralised at TMD.

Lend Lease, the Australian company behind the Bluewater leisure

development due to open in March 1999, has invited WCRS, St Luke’s and

Bartle Bogle Hegarty to pitch for its pounds 6 million launch account in

three weeks’ time. Delaney Fletcher Bozell has been working on the

strategic planning for the site since 1995.

IPC Magazines is redesigning Women’s Realm as part of its efforts to

revitalise badly performing titles within the weeklies group. The

magazine, which was launched in 1958, underwent its last revamp 18

months ago. It now aims to build on its core market of 45-year-old

readers with more emphasis on features. The new-look title launches on

22 April with a three pence price increase to 60p.

Bates Dorland has retained the creative assignment for the office

equipment retailer, Staples. Press production remains with the

Facilities Group, in which the agency has a 50 per cent stake.

Glenmorangie has appointed 1576 to handle its flagship brand, Single

Highland Malt Whisky, ending its relationship with the Glasgow agency,

the Bridge. Glenmorangie spent nearly pounds 1 million last year through

Eurospace. Media on the business is still up for grabs.

Sky Scottish, the joint venture satellite TV service between Scottish

Media Group and BSkyB, is to close on 31 May. The service, which is

based around football fanzine shows, has not reached the financial

targets set at the time of its launch in November 1996.

Manning Gottlieb Media has picked up media buying for the National

Magazine Company’s parenting title, M, which launches on 4 May. MGM will

work with the publisher’s inhouse creative team.


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