Now Government will reveal where the ad budgets go

Further evidence that the government is serious about cutting advertising spending emerges with its decision to release a detailed breakdown of all government advertising spending over the past two years. The Treasury has an online database of all-departmental spending called ...

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UK government ads to take £105m hit – or will they?

Well that seems to be the intention if a letter from COI deputy CEO Peter Buchanan is to be believed. He says advertising will be cut ‘by half’ from its current £211m with the other parts of the Government’s £540m ...

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Group M forecast means more goodies for Hazlitt and new ITV crew

Timing is everything in business and the new crew at ITV, former GCap Radio CEO Fru Hazlitt has just joined Adam Crozier & co to replace Rupert Howell, must be thanking their lucky stars and looking forward to their bonuses. ...

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Sell me the Sun Rupert says Richard Desmond

Or that’s what Daily Express and Daily Star owner Richard Desmond seemed to be saying to the BBC’s Nick Cosgrove on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning. Desmond could have just been trying to deflect attention from the $175m ...

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Hearst beats ad agencies to iCrossing, UK agencies venture into PR

Cheque books are being dusted off all over adland but not in time to land US search marketing agency iCrossing which has been snapped up by magazine and newspaper giant Hearst Corporation from under the noses of Omnicom, WPP and, ...

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Tesco’s Terry Leahy deserves his £5.2m – every little helps

It may pale into insignificance besides Reckitt-Benckiser boss Bart Becht’s £90m or so but £5.2m in salary, bonus and shares isn’t a bad result for a successful year’s work. But when your company makes a record £3.4bn profit then sharing ...

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Is digital at the heart of Publicis uncertainty?

French marcomms giant Publicis Groupe is widely thought to have stolen a march on its global rivals Omnicom and WPP with its two bold digital purchases, consultancy Digitas and marketing company Razorfish, the latter bought from Microsoft. It has certainly ...

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World Cup sponsor Mars cries foul over Nestle Kit-Kat ad

Mars says it will sue Nestle over this Kit-Kat ad which, it claims, shows that Kit-Kat is passing itself off (I believe that’s the phrase) as a World Cup sponsor – which Mars is and Nestle isn’t. And it’s a ...

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World Cup curse hits Theo Walcott and M&S

It was ever thus, pick a player to feature in your World Cup ad and you can almost guarantee that they’ll be dropped from the final squad, be injured or be arrested for nicking pennies from a charity box. Marks ...

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