Pitch Update

Five months after the pitch began, B&Q has a shortlist of agencies for its £40 million account, after knocking M&C Saatchi and Publicis out of the race. Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, WCRS, McCann Erickson and Rapier (which created the recent work) will now battle it out.

The mystery commodities brand that the AAR is handling is going to remain a mystery for a little longer, as the intermediary has informed agencies that the process is being pushed back until later in the year.

And for those interested in the nebulous Army pitch, don't get too excited just yet. Although there is an industry day for interested parties at the end of the month, the pitch consultant on the job has hinted that there won't be any official appointment until 2011.

Nokia's £300 million global media pitch appears to be entering the final straight, with the mobile phone operator drawing up a shortlist for the business. Carat, Omnicom Media Group and Universal McCann are set to slug it out for the account after every man and his dog presented at the initial stages. Interestingly, after the incumbent, MediaCom, somewhat mysteriously withdrew from the process, there appears to be no Group M network taking part.

The Eurotunnel pitch, which was originally called in January, drags on. The review, through the AAR, which promised to be a long bureaucratic process, is certainly living up to expectations. Pitching agencies waiting to hear whether they had made the final shortlist last week are still waiting.

And neither should the DM agencies preparing themselves to tackle the beast that is the TV Licensing business be expecting a nice, quick process. A shortlist of between three and six shops won't be drawn up until August, and even then, agencies will have to wait until January 2010 for the final tenders to be issued.

Is it just us, or are pitches taking longer and longer these days?