Pitch update

It's barely a week since bmi parted with Euro RSCG and already a shortlist is out. Adam & Eve, Beattie McGuinness Bungay and M&C Saatchi will scrap for the airline.

M&C should fancy its chances, especially as the airline's new interim marketing director, Katherine Gershon, has just joined from Silverjet. Remember the smart remake of British Airways' "face" that M&C did for her last year?

What's going on at Virgin Trains? Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, the incumbent, and Craik Jones are among the agencies to have pulled out.

DDB London, Farm and CHI & Partners may feel miffed after the Department of Health scrapped its NHS Choices pitch. Apparently, the DoH plans to overhaul its online activities.

The 118 118 pitch is also puzzling. The pitch process had been put on hold. Now the word is that the brief has been changed. GT and Agency Republic were shortlisted, but Republic has now pulled out, leaving GT in pole position.

And finally ... word is that MPG has wormed its way on to the Orange media pitchlist at the last minute via its France Telecom relationship.