Does anyone, apart from agencies and media owners, really need the COI?

Because they might not have it very much longer. The UK cabinet office, which is in charge of the current ‘bonfire of the quangos’ as the coalition government culls public bodies it thinks are useless, has confirmed that the COI ...

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Sky tells off journalists for claiming for bribes and fraud

They’re a touch sensitive in the News Corporation empire about misunderstandings involving alleged wrongdoing (former News of the World boss Andy Coulson is being pursued over phone hacking violations) and we have the estimable Popbitch newsletter to thank for the ...

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Publicis Groupe wins Chilean miners sunglasses brand Oakley

And a few more besides as the French-owned agency group has won Italian sunglasses giant Luxottica whose brands include Oakley, Ray-Ban and Persol as well as retailers LensCrafters and OPSM. A genius somewhere in the Luxottica empire decided to send ...

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Now Mad Men rescues the advertising industry

A slight exaggeration perhaps but, as Lisa van der Pool reports here, some US agencies are reporting that the show’s fame (notoriety?) is prompting a wave of interest from potential recruits that the business hasn’t experienced for years. But what ...

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Google claims it’s winning in display ads global grab, Yahoo for sale?

We all know that Google dominates the global search market and for a few years now it’s been setting its sights on becoming the biggest online advertising company too (Yahoo is still the biggest in the US) and the company’s ...

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Maurice Levy lieutenant backs Maude plan to run government ads on BBC

Executives at media agencies and ITV will be grinding their teeth today as one of Maurice Levy's head honchos at Publicis has come out in support of the suggestion that the Government's Central Office of Information should run its advertising ...

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Blow for Google as NBC Universal ends cable channels ad sales deal

The all-conquering Google (it’s currently investigating the market for driverless cars and funding a wind farm off the East Coast of the USA among other ventures) has suffered a blow to one of its more mundane activities, selling unsold (by ...

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