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Abbey National boss Horta-Osorio takes charge of UK’s biggest bank Lloyds

Surely some mistake you’ll say but Antonio Horta-Osorio who made his reputation by catapulting Santander into being one of the UK’s Big Five banks with his reign at Abbey National and acquisition of Alliance & Leicester and the workable bits ...

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BBH gets its mojo back with live action cinema ad for St John Ambulance

Tugging at heartstrings has never been BBH’s thing but it does so with a vengeance in this ingenious combination of cinema commercial and live action for the St John Ambulance, a charity-funded stalwart of the UK healthcare scene that hails ...

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Discovery revenue soars, ITV blames CRR for diet of soaps and talent shows

Discovery Communications’ quarterly profit nearly doubled to $186m and the media company yesterday raised its outlook for 2010 revenue as a whole thanks to bigger audiences and stronger advertising at its roster of cable networks. Discovery, whose cable networks include ...

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Sir Martin Sorrell gets a makeover as he embarks on the next 25 years at WPP

He has though with a suspiciously-shiny Italian-style suit and open-necked Oxford over a T-shirt that probably didn’t come from Gap. Having just completed 25 years at WPP, the huge marcoms group he founded, and turned 65, the man once cruelly ...

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Microsoft Kinect launch heralds bumper Christmas for McCanns

And indeed its Interpublic media buying sibling Universal McCann as Microsoft spends a whopper $500m on the global launch of Kinect, a hands-free controller for the XBox 360. As ever with Microsoft these days someone got there first with the ...

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Hovis wins top gong at UK IPA effectiveness awards – but will it convince other clients?

The UK’s agency trade body the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) has been running its annual effectiveness awards for decades now, a spirited attempt to demonstrate to advertisers that money spent on attractive advertising actually produces more money for ...

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