Pitch update

There's a rumour going round that Fallon is pitching for the global Baileys account.

Diageo and Fallon are giving flat "no comments", so that's that confirmed then. A successful pitch would see Fallon secure a place on the coveted Diageo shortlist for the first time. The drinks giant has already lined up the incumbent, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and JWT.

ING Direct is not taking any risks with its £10 million advertising account. Pitch submissions from Beattie McGuinness Bungay, Lowe and the incumbent, VCCP, are going into research, with a result expected next week. Looks like Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, the only pitching agency not to go through, misjudged that one. Whatever the outcome, let's hope the winning idea retains ING's cheery Swinging Safari theme music.

Meanwhile, Nationwide is proving very popular among the media agency community. The financial services giant has given its agencies a very calm "end of February" pitch schedule. Carat and Mediaedge:cia are going up against Media Planning Group in the contest, which is being overseen by Oyster Catchers.

It's time for new-business directors in media agencies to bury their frustration with the country's less-than-reliable rail network because it's going railway mad in medialand. Two pitches in the sector have emerged this week: Vizeum has won thetrainline.com, while First Group is drawing up a shortlist.

It's been a good start to the year for McCann Erickson. Wins for Sony Erics-son and Premier Foods have more than offset its loss of the Wall's account. Net wins of £12.6 million put it in fourth place in the league.

In the world of direct marketing, five agencies have made it to the shortlist stage for British Airways. OgilvyOne, Wunderman, Carlson, WWAV and Publicis Dialog will participate in chemistry meetings, scheduled for next week.

Go on, admit it. You've added Andrew Hogan, the senior marketing manager at British Gas, to your speed dial. The utility giant's marketing director, Amanda McKenzie, known for her unswerving loyalty to British Gas' ad agency CHI & Partners, has quit. Many think that the temptation to switch off the gas supply to those little blue flames in the ads will be too great to resist.

The German car-maker BMW has selected the digital agencies to make its brand famous on the internet: step forward Work Club, Dare, Profero and the incumbent, Altogether.