Fairbrother White, the media consultancy, is understood to have been hit by a rift between its two main partners, Ian Fairbrother and Stephen White. Legal action is being mooted over the fallout.

Fairbrother White, the media consultancy, is understood to have

been hit by a rift between its two main partners, Ian Fairbrother and

Stephen White. Legal action is being mooted over the fallout.

Richard Britton, the former non-broadcast director of CIA Medianetwork,

is in talks with Carat’s former press director, Nigel Breckon, about

forming a media agency. Britton left CIA during a round of redundancies

late last year. Breckon left Carat in December. Neither were available

for comment.

Wieden & Kennedy London has withdrawn from the contest for Barclays

Bank’s new corporate branding campaign after the first round of

strategic presentations. J. Walter Thompson, Leagas Delaney and BMP DDB

will make creative proposals.

Chuck Peebler, the former boss of Bozell, has been named chairman

emeritus of the network’s True North holding company. He had been a

candidate for the True North chairmanship after Bruce Mason’s retirement

but the job went to David Bell, Bozell’s chief executive (Campaign,19


Tempus, the owner of CIA Medianetwork, has agreed to launch a joint

venture media operation with Young & Rubicam in Germany and eastern


The Financial Times has parted company with the marketing

director, Yehuda Shapiro, and its commercial director, Tony Blin-Stoyle.

Shapiro is being replaced by Paul Waddington, who joins from Reuters,

where he was director of marketing communications and research, while

Martin Burke, the sales and marketing director at FT Business, takes

over from Blin-Stoyle.

The US venture capital group, Warburg Pincus, is talking to a number of

companies including BSkyB about selling its stake in Channel 5. Warburg

Pincus’s 18 per cent stake in Channel 5 is valued at pounds 94


Five companies have submitted bids of more than pounds 500 million for

the outdoor operations of Havas, which includes Mills & Allen in the UK.

The bidders are Clear Channel Communications, TDI, JC Decaux, Outdoor

Systems International and Texas Pacific.

Fleur McNally has been appointed new-business manager of M&C Saatchi on

a permanent basis. A former staffer at the agency’s office in New York,

she had been deputising for Cheryl Stevens who has chosen not to return

after the birth of her baby.

Andy Bryant, the former Bates Dorland joint head of client services and

account chief on its Heinz business, has been appointed managing

director of the Bates-owned Campaign Palace in Sydney. Bryant joined the

pounds 50 million-billing Australian shop as general manager two years


The regional newspaper group, Johnston Press, has upped its stake in the

rival publisher, Portsmouth & Sunderland, to more than 17 per cent.

Johnston, which is keen to buy P&S, is competing with three other

bidders, but all companies must get clearance from the Competition

Commission before a deal can go ahead.

The Economist has confirmed it is to hold a review of its new-media

account, which has been held since the launch of the

website more than two years ago by the Omnicom-owned Online Magic.

Andrew McGregor, head of new media at The Economist, said he was talking

with online agencies in the UK and the US.

BH McCann has appointed Carole Davids to head its ten-strong creative

department. Davids, who joins from McCann-Erickson Manchester, is BH

McCann’s first creative director.

The deadline for the D&AD Cannes Young Creatives Programme is this

Friday (16 April).


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