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IPC Media’s proposed acquisition of Gruner & Jahr UK has put in doubt the future of the German publisher’s women’s title Project Florence. The magazine was due to hit newsstands in the summer after a planned spring launch was put back. However, preparations appear to have stalled.

IPC Media’s proposed acquisition of Gruner & Jahr UK has put in

doubt the future of the German publisher’s women’s title Project

Florence. The magazine was due to hit newsstands in the summer after a

planned spring launch was put back. However, preparations appear to have

stalled.





J. Walter Thompson and ITV have both refused to comment on reports that

the agency’s London chief executive, Stephen Carter, is a front-runner

to be the next chief executive of ITV. Carter is on holiday.





Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R has poached Marcus Brown from Saatchi &

Saatchi to become its new-business director. Brown joined Saatchis in

1994, rising to new-business director in 1998. He was credited with

significantly improving the agency’s new-business record with wins from

Bisto, Telewest and Mr Kipling.





Maiden is to launch two new products aimed at internet users this

autumn. Home-Net and Office-Net will aim to catch internet users

travelling home and to work.





The Hayward Gallery has appointed Publicis as its first agency,

reflecting greater competition for visitors in the wake of the opening

of the Tate Modern. Publicis and Optimedia, its media buying affiliate,

will launch the gallery’s autumn exhibition as the prelude to a

permanent relationship.





A five-strong team drawn from a mixture of advertising and direct

marketing backgrounds is launching an independent agency called Alphabet

Advertising. Its clients include Granada Media and Claims Direct, and

its management team comprises Marc Farror and Sean Harris, previously at

TBWA GGT Simons Palmer, planning director Craig Elston from Brann

London, and creative directors Nick Platt and Barney Cockerell from

Saatchi & Saatchi.





Natalie Rich, a senior producer and board director at Grey, has moved to

Roose & Partners as head of TV.





Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners has pulled out of the First-e

shortlist, leaving Malcolm Moore Deakin Blayze and Fallon on the list.

Tom Knox, a partner at Delaney Lund Knox Warren, said the agency wants

to pitch instead for the Halifax.





WCRS e-brands has won the pounds 3 million account for the house-moving

site, smove. The company aims to offer advice from property finding and

selling, to finding solicitors and local information. It was founded by

Nancy Cruickshank, a former managing director of BSkyB (TV), and Jim

Cruickshank, former deputy media director at Leagas Delaney.





Burkitt DDB has won its first account as a merged agency by picking up

the online travel service Travel Select. The business leaves J. Walter

Thompson.





Rapture Television, the youth channel, has finalised a deal with Sky

Digital which will allow it to extend its hours of broadcast to 24 hours

a day from 24 July. Rapture TV will be retailed within Sky’s Family Pack

of channels and marketed by Sky.





The Wireless Group has joined forces with GWR and Scottish Radio

Holdings to bid for four key regional digital radio multiplex licences,

called the Digital Radio Group. Between them, the three groups already

operate six multiplex licences.





Capital Radio has acquired the Scottish FM station Beat 106 for pounds

33.75 million. The deal extends the group’s coverage to Glasgow,

Edinburgh and Central Scotland.





Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has signed Martin Casson, the former M&C

Saatchi art director best known for his work on Silk Cut cigarettes and

British Airways. He is being paired with the copywriter Matthew Abbott.



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