Media

Lobbying chief Bingle blasts Tory campaign

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chief Peter Bingle, whose ultimate boss is Margaret Thatcher’s spinmeister Tim Bell, has blasted the Tory Party’s election effort so far as “the most inept Tory campaign in living memory.” This is saying something as the ...

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Golden oldie El Tel spearheads Sun’s World Cup campaign

Former England football manager Terry Venables is on good terms with the Sun newspaper these days (he’s a columnist) although it hasn’t always been thus as he’s taken a fair bit of stick from the unreliable tabloid over the years ...

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UK adspend starts to rise – Havas is up too

The IPA’s latest Bellwether report of UK advertisers says that 21 per cent spent a bit more in the first quarter of 2010 compared to just over 16 per cent who didn’t, leading to a modest rise of about 4.5 ...

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Will 2010 be the year of the agency start-up?

Agency start-ups put the energy into advertising and there’s some evidence around that the latter part of 2010 will see a whole raft of them as the economy recovers and top executives grow tired of life in the holding companies. ...

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TV boom times are back – for a few months at least

According to respected research firm Enders Analysis they are anyway. Enders forecasts that the UK TV market will be up by around 20 per cent in April and May this year compared to last, following tiny increases at the start ...

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Kelner named as Independent editor but Geordie Greig’s in charge

Simon Kelner has been named as the new editor of the Independent, taking over from Roger Alton who’s been on death row almost since taking over the job. Kelner was editor for a decade until 2008 when he was promoted ...

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Is a media boomlet on the way?

Don’t get too excited but there’s a bit of evidence that one might be, after what seems like years of doomy decline. And the unlikely beneficiary (or one of them anyway) is newspapers. Far more predictable is the agent of ...

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Marketing Week pinches columnist Mark Ritson from Marketing – maybe there’s life in the old dog yet

Not the ever-youthful Mr Ritson of course but Marketing Week, the Centaur-owned weekly marketing magazine that looked on its uppers just a few months ago. Ritson first came to prominence as a columnist on rival Haymarket’s Marketing when he was ...

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Even Aleksandr the meerkat forgets his script now and again – but is he in danger of outstaying his welcome?

Yet another comparethemarket.com ad featuring Aleksandr the meerkate has emerged (he must be the saviour of the UK commercials business) but rather than showing that, here’s a collection of Aleksandr’s alleged bloopers (see full story). But Aleksandr is becoming a ...

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