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BBC Magazines has hired Justine Southall, the former advertising director of IPC’s fashion and beauty group, to work as a consultant on its lifestyle titles, prompting speculation that it is planning to launch a women’s magazine

BBC Magazines has hired Justine Southall, the former advertising

director of IPC’s fashion and beauty group, to work as a consultant on

its lifestyle titles, prompting speculation that it is planning to

launch a women’s magazine



Alliance & Leicester is looking for a partner to advise on all of its

above- and below-the-line communications. The company is talking to its

roster agencies and a number of non-roster agencies about the

lead-agency position.



WWAV Rapp Collins has won a creative pitch for Norwich Union’s

Healthcare division. It pitched against Saatchi & Saatchi, the incumbent

on the main account, CDP and Tullo Marshall Warren for the task of

launching a new healthcare scheme, ’Fair & Square’.



The UK jeans brand, Lee Cooper, has approached four agencies about its

pounds 2.5 million ad account. A Euro RSCG agency, Rainey Kelly Campbell

Roalfe, Mother and at least one French agency are understood to have

been contacted about the business, formerly held by Ground Morris

Campbell.



Saatchi and Saatchi is to create a branding campaign for McCain Foods

which will run across Germany. It beat the UK incumbent, DMB&B, TBWA

Worldwide and a Swedish agency for the business. Advertising for the

rest of Europe will remain with local agencies.



Leagas Delaney has won the pounds 3 million global launch account for

Aventis Crop Science, the crops arm of the recently merged drugs giant,

after pitching against French and German agencies. The account will be

managed from London, with creative work by Leagas Delaney

Dusseldorf.



Maher Bird Associates has promoted Graham Monk to the new role of

managing director. Monk, who runs the Mercedes, News International, BT

and Shell accounts for MBA, has been with the agency for five years. The

role had been vacant since Stephen Maher became chief executive last

year.



The Radio Authority has imposed its highest-ever fine, of pounds 20,000,

on the Cheltenham-based station, 107.5 Cat FM. The fine reflects

’serious irregularities’ in the running of three competitions.



Paul Wilkinson, the chairman of RHM, who last month attacked agencies

that ignore local advertisers in favour of global accounts, has

confirmed the appointment of Saatchi & Saatchi to RHM’s pounds 5 million

Bisto account. Wilkinson’s outburst was provoked by D’Arcy’s decision to

absorb its London agency into a single transatlantic region (Campaign,

11 June). Saatchis had been pitching against D’Arcy for the

business.



The writer, Gary Dawson, and art director, Scott Bain, best known as the

creators of the friendly alien in the TV commercial for Heart FM, are

quitting Grey for a freelance career. The pair joined the agency when it

merged with Mellors Reay & Partners earlier this year.



The UK’s largest cable company, Telewest, is poised to appoint Chris

Townsend to the new role of director of interactive services. Townsend,

who is commercial director at the South African media group, Primedia,

was commercial director at British Interactive Broadcasting until March

last year.



Peter Williamson, the former managing director of Media Solutions, is

leaving CIA Medianetwork, which absorbed Media Solutions at the end of

last year.



Emap has acquired the French company, Groupe Taitbout, which publishes

France’s third largest monthly magazine, Pleine Vie. The deal also

brings the travel business, Taitbout Voyages, and the custom publishing

operation, ETC, to Emap.



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