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Samsonite, the international luggage company, is reviewing its estimated pounds 8 million full-service global account. In Europe, the creative account is handled by Grey Belgium. In the UK Samsonite spends pounds 300,000 through Optimedia.

Samsonite, the international luggage company, is reviewing its estimated

pounds 8 million full-service global account. In Europe, the creative

account is handled by Grey Belgium. In the UK Samsonite spends pounds

300,000 through Optimedia.



Arc Advertising and the Media Factor are understood to be working on a

campaign for Royal Sun Alliance, the newly merged insurance company.

Mike Jones, head of group corporate affairs at Royal Sun Alliance,

refused to confirm or deny the appointment but said it may appoint one

agency for a short-term name awareness campaign and another to work on a

drive to promote separate brands within the group. Before the merger,

Arc handled the pounds 11.5 million Royal Insurance account, while

Leagas Shafron Davis looked after the pounds 10 million Sun Alliance

account.



Pete Watkins, the former joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi

in Charlotte Street, and the chief executive of Saatchis in Asia, is

leaving advertising. He will be replaced by Patrick Pitcher, who is

chief executive of Saatchis in Canada. Asia is Saatchis’ fastest growing

area. Pitcher will oversee offices in ten countries.



BT is pulling advertising for its joint promotion with BSkyB after a

ruling by Oftel, the telecommunications industry watchdog. BT said it

was ‘baffled’ by the ruling on the campaign, which offers people signing

up for its ‘Friends and Family’ scheme discounts on linking up to BSkyB.

Oftel claims it is in breach of BT’s licence, which states it must not

prefer or discriminate against anyone.



Cogent’s joint managing director, John Wringe, is moving out of the

agency to become a group development director. He will steer the growth

of sister shops such as the joint media venture, PHD Compass, and the

direct agency, the Drury Lane Company.



The WPP Group has announced reported revenues up by more than 11 per

cent year on year in the first nine months of 1996. On a like-for-like

basis, revenues rose by more than 9 per cent. Operating profits grew by

more than 1 per cent, while average net debt was down 32 per cent from

pounds 240 million to pounds 164 million.



Emap, the media giant, is said to have made a move into cable TV with

the acquisition of a significant stake in the music channel, the Box.

Emap is understood to have bought around 50 per cent of the cable-only

channel from Ticketmaster.



Liam Kane, the former chief executive of Caledonian Newspapers, is to

join the main board of Mirror Group Newspapers. He left Caledonian,

publisher of the Herald and the Evening Times in Glasgow, last week in

the wake of Scottish Television’s takeover bid being approved the

Department of Trade and Industry.



The Scotsman Publications, publisher of the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday

and the Edinburgh Evening News, has appointed Keith Bales, a former

executive assistant to Rupert Murdoch and vice-president at Walt Disney,

as business development director.



Len Sanderson, managing director of Telegraph Sales, will take on the

responsibilities of Andy Jonesco, the Telegraph’s display ad director,

who last week resigned to take up the post of group ad director at

Express Newspapers (see Headliner, p17).



Total Media has notched up two new-business wins worth pounds 1.7

million, from the home entertainment firm, Astrion, and the high-street

retailer, the ERA Group. Both tasks had formerly been held by CIA

Medianetwork, which maintains that it resigned from the two accounts

earlier this year.



European advertisers are preparing to ward off a possible call by the

European Parliament for a ban on advertising to children. The World

Federation of Advertisers is seeking early talks with consumer

organisations that claim advertising harms children. The Guardian is

targeting the House of Commons with four posters trumpeting its exposure

of the former minister, Neil Hamilton, in the ‘money for questions’

scandal. The posters, by Leagas Delaney, replicate recent press ads

showing the Guardian’s front page headline about Hamilton: ‘A liar and a

cheat’.