Mike Tunnicliffe, former managing director of CIA Medianetwork, has
been tipped to join the Lowe Group’s media arm Western International
Media as managing director.
Saatchi & Saatchi has been dropped from the shortlist for the pounds 20m
National Lottery ad account. J Walter Thompson and Abbott Mead Vickers
BBDO are also off the list, which has been stripped down to M&C Saatchi,
WCRS, Publicis and Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters.
Kelvin MacKenzie looks poised to take over Talk Radio. His pounds 25m
bid, backed by News International, has emerged as the highest. The other
bidder, a management buyout team, has confirmed that it will not be
raising its offer.
Action on Smoking and Health and the Liberal Democrats will make a joint
plea today (Thursday) for the government to ban all tobacco advertising
and sponsorship by 2000, which would mean Formula 1 losing this revenue
six years earlier than suggested by the recent EU directive. An open
letter to Tessa Jowell, minister for public health, will coincide with
this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Airtours has shortlisted four advertising agencies for its pounds 8.7m
brand-building campaign: Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, Lowe
Howard-Spink, Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper and Advertising Principles. However,
Rainey Kelly managing partner Jim Kelly said he was seeking permission
from existing client Virgin before pitching.
Zenith Media has decided to withdraw from the Somerfield media pitch,
following concerns over conflict expressed by its current client
Commercial Union is understood to be reviewing its pounds 2.3m media
account, held by CIA Medianetwork.
News International has been asked to provide detailed information on its
pricing strategy for The Times and The Sunday Times to enable the Office
of Fair Trading to consider the impact of its trading strategy on
Ogilvy & Mather and DMB&B are understood to be head-to-head in the final
round of the pitch for the pounds 2m Central Office of Information
National Literacy Campaign.
Dr Martens has signed a three-year sponsorship deal, worth pounds 3m,
with Premiership football club West Ham.
Colgate-Palmolive is to relaunch its toothpaste brand Total in the UK
this week with a pounds 6.5m advertising push by Young & Rubicam, with
media bought by Mediapolis.
KP-McVitie’s has moved the advertising account for its Skips brand from
TBWA GGT Simons Palmer to Publicis, its creative agency for Hula
The move spells an end to TBWA’s position on the snack company’s
The BBC achieved a 42.2% share of total viewing against ITV’s 32.9%,
according to figures from BARB for the week ending June 28.