Sir Nick Lloyd has resigned as editor of the Daily Express. Lloyd, who
has edited the title for ten years, will leave his post on 30 November.
He said the decision to leave was ‘a wrench’, but gave no indication of
what he intended to do in the future. The Daily Express has suffered a
steady decline in sales for the past five years. Agency buyers have been
critical of the lack of investment in the title by Express Newspapers,
which was again rumoured this week to have put the title up for
Michael Conrad, the German creative heavyweight, has been chosen to
chair the dual jury for the Cannes International Advertising Festival
next year. Conrad, currently group president and deputy chief creative
officer at Leo Burnett Worldwide, made his name building one of
Germany’s hottest creative shops, Lurzer Conrad, and, later, the agency,
Michael Conrad and Leo Burnett.
Carlton UK Sales has denied rumours that it has been playing out
advertising airtime free of charge for a media company which is having
problems with a rival sales house. Martin Bowley, the managing director
of Carlton UK Sales, said: ‘Rumours abound, but this is another
nonsensical story. If Carlton UK Sales finds out who is making these
libellous suggestions, we’ll sue’.
Len Whitlock, director of communications at Comet, has resigned. The
news emerged on the eve of presentations for the pounds 70 million
centralised media account of Comet’s parent company, King-fisher.
Whitlock will play his full part in judging the presentations, made this
Thursday, before leaving in January to ‘pursue his own career’,
according to a Comet spokesperson. It is understood that his resignation
was tendered some time ago.
The copywriter, Geoff Cousins, and the art director, Kevin Jones, are
leaving Lowe Howard-Spink after only a year at the agency. Lowes’
managing director, Tim Lindsay, said that the pair had been made
redundant, but neither Cousins nor Jones were available for comment at
the time of going to press.
Graham Fink, the former deputy creative director of GGT and currently a
director at the Paul Weiland film company, will take up the presidency
of the Designers’ and Art Directors’ Association when Mary Lewis’s year
in office ends in January. Three new members have been elected to the
executive committee, bringing the total to 11, including Tim Mellors,
the chairman and executive creative director of Mellors Reay and
Mirror Group Newspapers has hired a former Rothmans marketing director
for the new role of brand development director across all the group’s
titles. Charles Kirchner will report to the managing directors of the
Independent titles, the Mirror titles and the People to give research-
based recommendations on how to improve each of the
Laser Sales, the Granada-owned ITV sales house, is looking for sales
staff to sell Granada TV’s planned satellite channel. The channel,
scheduled to launch next summer, will broadcast golden oldies from the
programming libraries of Granada and LWT. It will be sold by a dedicated
sales team housed within Laser. The head of the team will come from
The lawyer representing Sue Goddard, the former agency boss facing
extradition to the US on dollars 1 million fraud charges, claimed this
week that 82 of the 90 charges against her were non-extraditable
offences. Lawrence Kelly told Bow Street magistrates: ‘It’s not as bad
as it’s made out.’ Goddard was remanded on pounds 20,000 bail until 29
November, and ordered to surrender her passport.
Capital Radio is offering a Wurlitzer jukebox, worth more than pounds
4,000, to the team or individual with the aggregate highest score in its
five-round, monthly pop quiz, a joint promotion with Campaign and its
sister title, Marketing. Round one starts on page 20 in this week’s
issue of Campaign, and Campaign will print a league table of scores for
each round. Individual round winners will recieve a JVC micro system.
The ads were devised by Zenith Media and GGT.