Pitch update

For a pitch that is scheduled to last more than two years, the Ministry of Defence has cut a 140-strong longlist of agencies vying for the Army's recruitment brief down to a shortlist of four consortiums in double time.

The consortiums are Capita Group, which will include JWT; G4S Secure Solutions, which includes TBWA\London; the Prospector Group, which contains BBDO; and Mulberry, which will work with the incumbent ad group, Publicis. However, the hard part is just about to begin. With every aspect of the Army's recruitment process in review, the four companies are in for a long, hard march.

The Department of Health has cut the shortlist for its sexual health account down to two. After the first round of pitches, run through COI, Leo Burnett and Delaney Lund Knox Warren, the incumbent on the account, have both been dropped, leaving VCCP and M&C Saatchi to battle it out for the business.

Skype chemistry meetings are taking place this week, after the internet-based telephony company announced it was looking for an agency to handle its global account. A shortlist of up to five agencies is expected to be decided, with pitches taking place at the end of September.

Vodafone left the agencies pitching for its global media business hanging on the telephone this week. The result, which was due on Monday morning, has been delayed.

The contract notice for the COI media pitch has been sent out. Agencies itching to pitch for the £211 million business will have to submit by 19 September and can expect invites to pitch on 19 October.

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