Hamish Pringle, K Advertising’s chief executive, and Mike Parker, the
chief executive at Team Saatchi, have denied that the two agencies are
on the brink of merging, despite speculation that major clients,
including Carlsberg, have already been informed. K Advertising,
formerly KHBB, moved into Cordiant’s Whitfield Street headquarters,
shared with Team Saatchi, earlier this year.
Speculation was mounting this week that the Mirror Group is set to sell
its stake in the Independent to Tony O’Reilly, the title’s joint-largest
shareholder and the owner of the Dublin-based Independent Newspapers. On
Wednesday, Independent Newspapers earmarked pounds 250 million for
acquisitions, which, according to O’Reilly, could include the ‘purchase
of nationals in the UK’. O’Reilly was recently installed as the chairman
of Newspaper Publishing, owner of the Independent.
TBWA has promoted its managing director, Jonathan Hoare, to chairman of
the company as the current chairman, Alasdair Ritchie, immerses himself
in the role of president of TBWA Europe. Graham Arkell, currently the
deputy managing director of TBWA, replaces Hoare as the managing
director. Hoare said: ‘Alasdair only spends a minimum amount of time in
Native Productions has signed Stephan Elliott, the director and writer
of the film, the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Elliott,
who has moved to the UK from the US, will be represented by Native for
ads. The agency has also signed the former Spots director, David
Gilston, and the special effects expert, Ian Moar.
MAI, the media group controlled by Lord Hollick, which joined forces
with United Newspapers earlier this year, is renaming its MAI Media
interests under the umbrella brand, United Broadcasting and
Entertainment. Malcolm Wall, the former managing director of Anglia
television, has been appointed as the deputy director of broadcasting
for the new division.
Paul Richards, the newly appointed managing director of Mellors Reay and
Partners, has hired Nick Webb from his former agency, Leagas Shafron
Davis, to take charge of the Ross Young and Jersey tourism accounts.
A High Court judge this week reserved judgment on Vodafone’s legal
action against its mobile phone rival, Orange, over what it claims were
malicious falsehoods in its TV, magazine and newspaper advertising.
Richard Hartley, counsel for Vodafone, described Orange’s claim of a
pounds 20 monthly saving for customers as ‘false and reckless’. John
Baldwin, representing Orange, claimed it was ‘just a simple recognition
of a better service’.
The House of Commons committee examining the Broadcasting Bill voted 12
to nine against allowing voluntary groups such as Amnesty International
to advertise on TV and radio (Campaign, 14 June). Meanwhile, the ITC and
the Radio Authority refused to relax their codes of practice, saying
Parliament should decide.
British Airways has lined up four specialist agencies to pitch for the
task of developing its World Wide Website, which opened in January and
currently has 15,000 hits a week. Optimedia Interactive, Xplora, AKQA
and KBW will compete for the business along with Agency.Com, a US-based
Granada Sky Broadcasting, the satellite TV joint venture between Granada
Television and BSkyB, has appointed Zenith Media to handle media buying
for the ad campaign to launch seven channels this autumn. Lansdown
Conquest, which last week scooped the creative account, will handle
SMI has scooped the new ad account of the US Internet company, PSINet,
which launches in the UK on Monday, backed by a pounds 1 million
adspend. The IT specialist agency, which represented Compuserve for four
years, will run ads in the national and computer press. In May, PSINet
bought the UK Internet access provider, EUNet. It has upgraded the
network and is chasing corporate and consumer users.