Please block Murdoch BSkyB deal says UK government to OFT and Ofcom

UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is to write to media regulator Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to ask them to look again at the News Corporation bid to buy satellite broadcaster BKyB on the grounds of (a) media ...

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Why doesn’t Rupert Murdoch just give away the News of the World to its staff?

Sound like an extraordinary idea? News Corporation, run by Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch, decided to close the News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, to try to terminate the phone-hacking scandal. End result? Hundreds of people not implicated in ...

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Omnicom’s BBDO and DDB close in on $300m Exxon Mobil

Reports from the US suggest that Omnicom agencies BBDO and DDB have made the final cut for Exxon Mobil’s creative ad account, along with historic Exxon (Esso) partner McCann-Erickson. Exxon is still the world’s biggest company by market value (ahead ...

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Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson to be arrested tomorrow but will the Met Police be brave enough to go after News executives?

“”It’s the rich wot gets the pleasure, it’s the poor that gets the blame,” goes the old adage (or something like that) and that seems to have been the attitude of the London Metropolitan Police in its approach to arresting ...

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Wieden+Kennedy and AKQA put down a World Cup marker with Copa Barrio campaign

This is proper football promoting the forthcoming Copa Barrio in South America where Brazil and Argentina will probably go to war again. It’s a collaboration between Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and AKQA for Nike, much better than those stage-managed European ad jobs. ...

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McCann London under pressure already as £35m HTC hunts for launch agency

Taiwan-based mobile handset giant HTC is reported by Campaign to be holding a pitch for the launch of another new phone despite only appointing McCann London to handle its £35m account in February this year. The company is currently running ...

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