Pitch update

There are a lot of ugly prospects out there just now, but, given their billings, they're getting some serious agency attention.

It seems the economic gloom is shaking out a few pitches from price comparison websites, never known for their creative courage. USwitch is going through Agency Insight, while Which? has just hired Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy.

Similarly, the downturn in the housing market appears to have got some of the property sites worried. Primelocation.com is on the hunt for a creative agency, while Rightmove.co.uk moved its media from Equinox Communications to MPG last week.

Over to something more glamorous - it seems Bacardi has lost no time in drawing up a shortlist for its £100 million global account. Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R (the incumbent), McCann Erickson (the previous incumbent), Saatchi & Saatchi and Leo Burnett will compete.

Kangaroo, currently seeking media and creative agencies, has been forced to delay chemistry meetings. The pitch, going through Creativebrief, is being held up by the Competition Commission's investigation into the proposed video-on-demand service.

Boots' media pitch is going along at a merry pace. The retailer's produced a three-strong shortlist to pitch for its whopping £45 million account. Starcom, OMD UK and Vizeum are going to be busy over the coming months.

And finally ... the Tourism Ireland DM pitch is moving ahead. A number of shops is hoping to find out if they've made the shortlist by the end of the week.