Procter & Gamble to back soap Oprah

Oprah Whinfrey that is, whose forthcoming Oprah Whinfrey Network, backed by Discovery Communications, has secured around $100m of advertising over three years from giant advertiser Procter & Gamble. Intriguingly Ad Age reports that the deal includes the ability for P&G ...

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Maurice Levy to hand over reins at Publicis

Maurice Levy, the boss of French ad giant Publicis Groupe for over 20 years, has said he is going to step down next year. Barring a pretty unforeseeable disaster Levy will leave the business in good shape as not just ...

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Ryanair’s O’Leary says he’ll pay up after all

After stating, with characteristic defiance, that his airline Ryanair wouldn’t compensate volcano afflicted passengers for any more than their air fares, CEO Michael O’Leary seems to be backtracking, saying he will cough up “reasonable costs.” The airline initially said that ...

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Like button takes Facebook closer to world domination

Facebook is introducing a ‘Like’ button to third party websites which means that users can add topics, products and content they like to their Facebook profiles. With over 400m users the company is certain to be sitting on a priceless ...

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Can CHI grow a big media business?

In its brief career London agency Clenmow Hornby Inge has done little wrong and a lot right, including trousering £30m from Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP for a 49 per cent stake. But the jury is still out on its attempt ...

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Man U valued at £1.19bn – so the Red Knights are about right

Forbes magazine has produced its latest valuation of the world’s top football clubs and, once again, Manchester United comes top with a valuation of £1.19bn. Mind you, Newcastle United, recently promoted from the Championship, also makes the top ten which ...

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The spin doctors’ dilemma: should David be mean to Nick?

Critics of the rampant spin doctoring that seems to have taken over the political process on both sides of the Atlantic say it has reduced politics to the level of the X-Factor or American Idol. Well finally, in the last ...

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Ad spat over as Weight Watchers tells agencies to grow up

The threatened legal action between Interpublic and MDA-owned Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners is over as Lori Senecal’s new agency agreed not to poach any more staff from her former agency McCann-Erickson for at least six months. Even by the ...

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