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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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More big media deals going pear-shaped, AOL wants to ditch Bebo

Which the hapless ISP bought from its British owners for a chunky $850m just two years ago. AOL itself was the agent of probably the biggest botched deal in media history when it ‘bought’ massive media conglomerate Time Warner in ...

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InBev and PepsiCo gang up on media owners and agencies

InBev, owner of Budweiser, Michelob and Stella, and PepsiCo are grouping their US media expenditure to extract savings from the US’s biggest media owners. The two spend a combined $1.15bn in US media and last year were the two biggest ...

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Women not tough enough for Today Programme says editor Thomas

Today editor Ceri Thomas is hardly the most popular person with his listeners, many of whom were outraged when presenter ‘posh’ Ed Stourton was defenstrated to make room for returning US correspondent Justin Webb. Now Thomas has told the BBC’s ...

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Another first for Rod Liddle – but was he right about afro-Caribbean crimes?

Rod Liddle, who now no longer appears to be in line to edit the Independent, is the first blogger to be censured by the Press Complaints Commission. This is for asserting, back in December, that afro-Caribbean young men were ‘overwhelmingly’ ...

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Richard Edelman on Anna Karenina and business

And the great man’s point is that businesses who regard humans as friends rather than enemies do best. A point Tolstoy makes in his great novel about a love affair interrupted by a train. But I do wonder if Richard ...

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Unilever sets the pace in digital media with new Lynx campaign by BBH on iAds

Unilever chief marketing officer Keith Weed is putting his company’s money where his mouth is with the new campaign for the Lynx Excite range, which will be spearheaded by an iAd promotion by BBH on Apple’s mobile advertising network. According ...

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