Finance

Kantar buys PR monitoring firm Precise Media

WPP is still busily acquiring away and also sticking to its strategy of trying to build research operation Kantar into one of the world’s go-to information providers. Now Kantar has bought a majority stake in the UK’s Precise Media Group, ...

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Post-merger blues may prompt changes at Omnicom

The sighs of relief in Omnicom-owned agencies were loud when the merger with Publicis Groupe was called off (as, no doubt, they were in the PG equivalents). Not so, of course, at the two companies’ respective HQs. But it might ...

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Richard Pinder sells The House to Crispin Porter

Former Publicis boss Richard Pinder (left) has seen a quick return on his investment in The House Worldwide, selling the business to MDC-owned Crispin Porter+Bogusky just a year after it opened. CPB wants to strengthen its international offering and Pinder ...

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Steve Ridley’s replacement at Kinetic, Camelot media moves and Holler makes London Live programme

***I see that Mauricio Sabogal (left), global CEO of Interpublic’s third media agency network BPN, is leaving to become global supremo of Kinetic, WPP’s out-of-home behemoth. BPN, which always seemed like a shot in the dark given that IPG’s existing ...

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Now it’s Dr Apple as boss Cook unveils ‘Healthkit’

Apple is upgrading its iOS and Mac OSX software (which power the iPhone/iPad and its computers respectively) to support a whole new range of apps including a number which offer health monitoring, called Healthkit. These, in turn, link with wearable ...

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Ian Maynard of network: how to make procurement the natural ally of creativity

Ian Maynard (left), head of marketing and business development director of London-based creative and production specialist network, looks at how the changing nature of procurement is affecting the role of the lead creative agency in multi-agency client relationships.   For ...

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Prostitution and drugs in timely boost for UK economy

The UK’s economy is finally recovering after five years or so mired in recession and the Office of National Statistics (which usually gets its figures wrong, first time at least) has given chancellor George Osborne and his Conservative Party a ...

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AA appoints Adam&Eve/DDB to get back on the road

Adam&Eve/DDB has won the AA emergency breakdown business from VCCP with a brief to stress its other services (which include insurance and driving lessons). New CEO Chris Jansen, a former British Gas executive, says: “We are delighted that Britain’s most ...

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