REVIEW: Marketing and advertising news in the week's press

The Post Office is to appoint its first mainstream ad agency to handle a pounds 15 million brand drive next year. The organisation will draw up a shortlist with a view to appointing an agency by March. - Marketing

The Japanese 'urban fashion' retailer Uniqlo is talking to agencies about a UK launch for the cut-price streetwear brand next year. Uniqlo, which is owned by Fast Retailing, is believed to be targeting London for its first UK outlet. - Marketing

Brown-Forman is reviewing its Southern Comfort brand with a view to consolidating its advertising into a single agency. D'Arcy handles the business in the UK while the US-based Simmons Durham, an acquisition target for Publicis, holds the global account. - Marketing Week

Highland Distillers has moved the pounds 1 million account for its single malt whisky Macallan out of Mother and into Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. The move comes 18 months after Mother's appointment. AMV is expected to produce debut work for the brand shortly. - Marketing

Dennis Publishing has appointed Kerin O'Connor to be its first marketing director in five years. O'Connor will combine the role with his duties as international licensing director and publisher of The Week. The move comes as part of a reshuffle in which Dennis will be split into three divisions: computer; consumer and interactive. - General release

The billionaire Hinduja brothers have now tabled a bid of more than pounds 120 million for the stable of newspaper titles owned by United News & Media. The Hindujas' bid is understood to top that made by Daily Mail & General Trust for the Express group of papers. - Financial Times

Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide has appointed the Leap Partnership's founder, Joe Sciarotta, as its executive creative director. - General release

Kingfisher has acquired an 85 per cent stake in Streets Online for pounds 15.7 million. - Financial Times

Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam has won the pounds 70 million global account for Siemens' mobile phones. The agency pitched against TBWA/Worldwide, D'Arcy Worldwide, Die Brut, Offenbach and the incumbent, J. Walter Thompson Frankfurt, to win the business. JWT will continue to adapt W&K work for local markets. - Marketing Week

Scottish Courage has appointed Circus to develop a new brand strategy for Newcastle Brown. The brewer dropped the word 'ale' from the beer's title earlier this year in an attempt to update its image for younger consumers. Circus won a competitive pitch for the pounds 1 million account. - General release

WPP Group has laid off 100 staff from the New York offices of Young & Rubicam, a month after acquiring the network. - General release

Capital FM is dropping its traditional 'smiley face' logo in an attempt to reposition itself towards young adult consumers. The station is launching a TV, cinema and outdoor campaign through Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy and is also set to stage quarterly music events as part of a cross-media marketing strategy. - General release.

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