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HHCL and Partners’ Blackcurrant Tango spot was voted best television commercial of the year at the British Television Advertising Awards on Wednesday night (12 March). It shared top honours with Bartle Bogle Hegarty, whose Levi’s ’mermaids’ commercial won a gold in both the international and the clothing categories. A full list of winners is published in the awards supplement available with this issue.

HHCL and Partners’ Blackcurrant Tango spot was voted best

television commercial of the year at the British Television Advertising

Awards on Wednesday night (12 March). It shared top honours with Bartle

Bogle Hegarty, whose Levi’s ’mermaids’ commercial won a gold in both the

international and the clothing categories. A full list of winners is

published in the awards supplement available with this issue.



IPC Magazines and GMTV are to launch a joint newsstand magazine next

month. The monthly title will be aimed at GMTV’s core audience, with an

editorial mix of health, cooking and celebrities. It has been developed

by IPC’s Business Enterprises Group, headed by Colin Reeves-Smith. Sales

will be handled by the IPC Weeklies sales team and editorial by the

contract publishing company, the Publishing Team.



BBDO in the US has pulled out of the worldwide Delta Air Lines pitch,

leaving a question mark hanging over Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and New

PHD’s hold on the pounds 1.7 million UK account. The move leaves Ogilvy

and Mather, Saatchi and Saatchi and Ammirati Puris Lintas to contest the

global business.



The Labour Party will review the Government’s advertising budget if it

wins the general election to see whether the pounds 63 million spend

could be better allocated on front-line services. Alistair Darling, the

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: ’We would review every

aspect of Government expenditure. The best advertisement for the

Government is to provide good services’.



English Heritage is talking to a number of agencies, including

McCann-Erickson and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, about a pounds 500,000

campaign.



The quango parted company with Harari Page five months ago.



News International and BT’s joint-venture company, Springboard Internet

Services, launched its long-awaited Internet service, LineOne, this

week. The subscription-based service includes the first online versions

of both the Sun and the News of the World, as well as the Times, the

Sunday Times, and 24-hour news and sport with a live video feed from Sky

TV.



Conde Nast is seeking agencies to handle the launch of its Traveller

magazine in September. Its publisher, Debbie Gresty, said she will have

drawn up a shortlist by the end of the month. The spend will top pounds

600,000 above and below the line.



John Major attacked pre-election campaigns by the TUC and the National

Union of Teachers when he told the Commons on Tuesday that there would

be ’no deals’ on poster sites between tobacco companies and the

Conservative Party. The Labour MP, Joe Ashton, claimed several hundred

sites were given to the Tories in 1992 ’in return for an agreement that

there would be no ban on tobacco advertising’.



The Natural History Museum has asked J. Walter Thompson, WCRS, Mellors

Reay and Partners and Court Burkitt and Company to pitch for its its

pounds 500,000 account.



Britain’s agencies are delivering profits that for the first time exceed

those of pre-recession 1985, according to new figures from the

accountancy firm, Willott Kingston Smith. But it points out that rising

inflation means the industry is producing only 69 per cent of the

operating profits per head that were achieved in the mid-80s.



Pennzoil Products, the best-selling motor oil in the US, has appointed

TBWA to launch its products across Europe. TBWA’s task will be to

develop a comprehensive European communications strategy targeted at

trade and consumer audiences.



Paul Twivy has asked us to point out that the article in Campaign’s Top

300 Agencies supplement (Campaign, 28 February) concerning Bates Dorland

did not make clear the company accepted that Twivy had been wrongfully

dismissed. We understand that a hearing is fixed for next month to

decide how much, if any, Twivy should receive in damages.



Pennzoil markets a full range of premium lubricant products in Northern,

Central and Southern Europe and plans to expand into selected Eastern

European markets during 1997.