Politics

Desmond seals deal to sell Express to Trinity Mirror

Traditional media may have been a vale of tears for most of its proponents over the past 15 years or so, but not for Richard Desmond. Now the former owner of Channel 5 (below) – sold to Viacom for £463m ...

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Death of a monarch is no business of brands

I see that The Drum is running a piece musing on “how marketers should react” to the death of Elizabeth 11 (she isn’t dead by the way), following a piece in the Guardian about the possible public reaction to such ...

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UK adspend defies gloomsters to burst £22bn barrier

UK advertising spend is forecast to hit £22.1bn in 2017 (up 3.4 per cent on the year before) according to new Advertising Association/WARC data, based on Q3’s 3.5 per cent rise to £5.4bn. A rise of 2.8 per cent to ...

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Levy hails Trump boost for business

Publicis Groupe chairman Maurice Levy is at Davos – you can tell by the very furry coat – and he’s been telling Bloomberg TV that Donald Trump’s tax giveaway (and the reforms by France’s new president Macron) means that 2018 ...

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UK adland confronts Brexit and trust crisis

Brexit was the headline topic of the Advertising Association’s Lead 2018 conference – the trade body has taken on the tricky task of campaigning for a good deal on behalf of the industry – but the outstanding issue of the ...

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Karmarama confounds critics with impressive Army outing

Much hoopla in the media about this new British Army campaign from Karmarama, building on last year’s ‘This Is Belonging.’ Seems there was a plan at some stage to move away from the long-serving tagline ‘Be The Best’ (it’s still ...

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Wolff moves on from Adweek editor to White House scourge

Michael Wolff, author of the new Fire and Fury dissection of Donald Trump, had a one-year stint as editor of Adweek in the US in 2010. Unsurprisingly he proved too much of a rich mixture for the trade title’s owners. ...

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