Politics

UK’s ASA bans YSL Opium ad – is it running scared?

Many government quangos have taken a hit under the coalition government, this being a pretty easy way to save money even if the same functions and often people tend to pop up somewhere else. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority is ...

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AA’s Tim Lefroy snubs ‘big society’ offer from government advisers Sorrell and Lane Fox

We’re reading between the lines here of course but WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell and woman-about-everything-new-media Martha Lane Fox are advising the coalition government on its communications policy, in particular its desire to get more bang for its bucks (or, ...

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Starbucks wins first round in distribution battle with Kraft

Everybody’s (least) favourite company Kraft has lost the first (and likely crucial) round in its fight to stop Starbucks ending its ten year distribution deal Kraft had tried to claim in a US court that its agreement to distribute Starbucks ...

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The big News of the World scandal isn’t the phone hacking it’s the Establishment cover-up

And the cover-up embraces News International journalists, its managers (many of whom are former hacks) and the very highest levels of ultimate owner News Corporation whose senior executives, including one R. Murdoch, were hardly unaware of the prevailing culture at ...

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UK advertisers fret about spending cuts, higher taxes

They seem to be anyway as the IPA’s latest survey into advertiser intentions shows that 22 per cent of those surveyed cut their budgets in the last quarter of 2010 against 17 per cent that increased them. The IPA represents ...

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