Heart FM has sacked the DJ, Kara Noble, after photographs she had
taken of the Capital FM DJ, Chris Tarrant, and a topless Sophie
Rhys-Jones appeared in The Sun. Noble co-hosted the breakfast show for
Jeffrey Merrihue, the chief executive of Initiative Media London and
regional director of Europe, will be based in Germany for the next few
months to reorganise the Hamburg office.
MindShare and BMP OMD are thought to have gone through to the final
round for Britvic’s centralised media. Last week, Walker Media fell off
the pitchlist, and Zenith Media and Michaelides & Bednash are also
thought to be out of the running.
The Government is calling for political parties to be vetted by a new
Electoral Commission before they qualify for television broadcasts,
following its failure to halt a European election broadcast by the
extreme right-wing British National Party.
Canon has called a below-the-line pitch for its office equipment range,
which includes printers and fax machines. IMP and the below-the-line
operations of the Euro RSCG and TBWA networks will make creative
presentations in the next two weeks for the pan-European account.
Mitsubishi will widen its search for an ad agency after St Luke’s and
M&C Saatchi pulled out of the pitch, leaving only Fallon McElligott and
the incumbent, RPM3. Fallon had not confirmed that it would pitch for
the business as Campaign went to press.
Grey Advertising’s new-business director, Michael Richards, has been
promoted to run the agency’s Mars Confectionery business throughout
Europe. Grey has drawn up a shortlist of six names to replace
Future Publishing has confirmed it is to float on the London Stock
Exchange. The pounds 500 million flotation will help Future’s management
pay back debt accrued when they bought the company from Pearson last
year with the backing of Apax.
Initiative Media has poached MindShare’s worldwide account director for
Unilever, Steve Cleak, to head its international media operation. Cleak,
who is now on gardening leave from MindShare, will oversee dollars 100
million of international media business, including Johnson & Johnson,
Calvin Klein and Pricewaterhouse.
The Association of Train Operating Companies has appointed Craik Jones
Watson Mitchell Voelkel to handle its pounds 1.5 million integrated ad
account. Craik Jones pitched against Euro RSCG Direct Marketing, Lowe
Direct and the incumbent, Aspen, for the task of promoting young
person’s and senior citizen’s railcards.
GWR is to launch its first major ad campaign on 1 June for its 23 local
FM stations with the aim of reinforcing the brands’ local appeal. GWR
will also launch a London-only replica of its national station, Classic
FM, to sell London-only advertising.
Magic Hat, the youth communications arm of the McCann-Erickson group,
has appointed Kim Douglas as its planning director. Douglas joins from
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, where he was the European planning director
Men’s Health, the UK’s fastest growing men’s magazine, is planning a
move into masthead TV. The publisher, Tony Long, said the Rodale
Press-owned magazine is looking at ways of communicating the brand
values of Men’s Health to a wider audience.
The Scottish Media Group is reviewing the creative account for its three
newspapers: The Herald, The Sunday Herald and The Evening Times. Marr
Associates, the incumbent on the pounds 3 million account for two years,
will be invited to repitch.