Pitch update

Given its name is lastminute.com, the travel company is certainly taking its time over appointing an advertising agency.

Campaign first wrote of the review plans back in June 2007. Anyway, it seems there is evidence of the pitch edging forward: Karmarama, WCRS and Brooklyn Brothers will compete, following reports that CHI & Partners has pulled out of the contest.

Meanwhile, conflict issues seem to have been put to one side at last week's giant Nissan pitch held in Paris. OMD, MediaCom, Carat, Publicis Media Groupe and MPG all presented. We hear that two will be knocked out before the next round of presentations.

Virgin Trains is keeping to schedule. Its shortlist now consists of glue London and Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy. One more round of meetings is expected before the exciting denouement.

So News Group's News of the World and The Sun have revealed their shortlist, put together with the AAR. It's going to be a hard-fought pitch. Fallon and WCRS have the best conversion record, but the incumbent, Euro RSCG, and The Red Brick Road will be hungry to prove their ability. Interesting that both TRBR and WCRS are BSkyB agencies. This is either a sign of greater synergies at News Corp, or simply News Group thinking these agencies have a history of washing well with the big boss James Murdoch.

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