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BP’s Hayward and Svanberg are toast – what about Terry Leahy and Tony Blair?

BP CEO Tony Hayward, fresh from his more than uncomfortable meeting with Barack Obama yesterday, was eviscerated by US congressmen today (June 17). Hayward didn’t have any answers to aggressive but perfectly reasonable questions about BP’s lamentable safety record in ...

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Now Robbie Earle and Rolls Royce turn to the subtle arts of PR

Plenty of action on the PR front today. Disgraced football pundit Robbie Earle has turned to former News of the World editor Phil Hall to attempt to rebuild his reputation after his sacking by ITV. As reported here yesterday, Earle ...

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Drug giant Boehringer accused of ‘disease branding’ over female sex pill

German drug company Boehringer claims to have a identified a condition called ‘hypoactive sexual desire disorder’, low libido essentially, in women and has produced a pill to solve the problem. No-one seems to be arguing that some women don’t suffer ...

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Is it time to give marketing back to ad agencies?

Kellogg’s UK marketing director Kevin Brennan seemed to be suggesting it wouldn’t be such a bad idea in his recent speech to the Media 360 conference. “In the 1970s JWT and Leo Burnett were basically our marketing department,” he observed ...

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It’s like the Borgia court at Asda

My old chum Stuart Smith today describes the various wheelings and dealings in the Asda marketing department. And if anything’s inclined to put you off marketing as a sensible career this is it. A lot of it seems to have ...

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FIFA crisis as World Cup sponsors miss out

The World Cup in South Africa will generates billions in income for organisers FIFA but the main World Cup sponsors – Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai, Visa and Sony – will be looking hard at the $40m a year (they pay ...

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Has Ultimo boss boobed over Kelly Brook contract

Holding a contract from bra firm Ultimo is a precarious business and now starlet Kelly Brook might be on her way having, apparently, breached her contract by agreeing to pose nude for Playboy and topless for Loaded. Kelly, who was ...

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Anomaly dumps Diesel – or was it the other way round?

It was certainly a short and, it would seem, not especially sweet relationship anyway as trendy integrated agency Anomaly has resigned Diesel after just nine months, shortly after producing its much-hyped ‘Be Stupid’ global campaign for the Italian fashion brand. ...

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Philip Clarke takes the reins at Tesco

International director Philip Clarke is to take over as CEO of Tesco from long-serving chief Sir Terry Leahy. Leahy is going to retire next year at 55, as much probably to create some room at the top as from any ...

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