Politics

UK government ad budget slashed by £160m to just £48m

According to Marketing magazine that’s what’s going to happen anyway as it reports that the new government is to cut spending by £160m this year, which leaves just a measly £48m to head the way of the advertising and media ...

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Is George Osborne cutting government ads or not?

Well new chancellor George Osborne, wielding his much-hyped spending shears, says he’s going to ‘freeze’ the government’s £540m marketing budget (of which about half goes on media advertising) and allow only ‘essential’ campaigns such as armed forces recruitment. But this ...

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Tesco backs minimum pricing on drinks

So the mighty Tesco has spoken, coming out in favour of minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks, much to the surprise and no doubt chagrin of both its rivals and the drinks producers. Writing in today's Daily Telegraph, Tesco chief executive ...

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Whatever he says, Barack Obama is punishing the banks

Every now and then politicians do what the voters want and in taking a new financial reform bill to the brink of signature (he hopes by the July 4 Independence Day holiday) US president Barack Obama is exacting his and ...

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Will Wenlock and Mandeville do the business for London 2012?

Well it’s all very clever and, based on a script by children’s author Michael Morpurgo, quite charming in the launch film. But will these two cyclops-type things do a good job in merchandising the 2012 Olympics Games in London? They’re ...

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UK’s COI to publish agency fees for government ads

Which is the last thing ad agencies need as they face up to the likely cuts the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is likely to impose on the hitherto generous Central Office of Information, the body that handles government ad spending. ...

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Car sales drive China boom (bling’s doing OK too)

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Wealth Report a lady in China sent 30 Mercedes to the airport to pick up her $580,000 Tibetan mastiff last month. It’s not known what the other 29 were for, one unkind comment in ...

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Nestle bows to Greenpeace online campaign

More evidence of how the web is enabling pressure groups with relatively small budgets to embarrass global brands emerged today with the news that Nestle, owner of the KitKat brand, says it is to work with NGOs to investigate its ...

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