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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.

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

Safeway.



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

competitors.



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

Hoops.



The move spells an end to TBWA’s position on the snack company’s

roster.



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.