Price-cutter Waitrose tweaks Tesco by the tail

Grocer to the UK middle classes Waitrose, owned by the John Lewis Partnership, says it’s going to match market leader Tesco’s prices on 1,000 branded goods. On the face of it this looks like an extension of its highly-successful lower-priced ...

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Is ITV being too greedy by cramming ads into top series Downton Abbey?

Downton Abbey is one of those ‘prestige’ costume drama series beloved of the BBC and ITV programme boss Peter Fincham (formerly controller of BBC1) must have been very pleased to line up Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes to write and ...

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Mystery as WPP’s Sorrell pledges £55m shares to cover HSBC bank loans

It’s not unusual for rich executives to pledge shares in their companies to cover loans as they decide the shares are worth keeping or they need them for other purposes, like keeping control. Today it emerged that WPP CEO Sir ...

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Five things you didn’t know about advertising agencies: 1970s (1)

1/The 1970s were arguably advertising’s fun decade: the 1960s had uncorked the so-called creative revolution in New York and London and agencies were happy to earn eye-watering fees without the distraction of trying to build their companies on the stock ...

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg races up the Forbes US rich list

At the grand old age of 26 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, far from the most popular person in media even before his great wealth became apparent, is personally worth $6.9bn, based on a theoretical valuation of social network site Facebook ...

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Is this Soft Paris opus the sexiest commercial ever?

Well some people think it is and the ad, for French online lotions and toys outfit Soft Paris from the aptly-named Lupo Productions, certainly lives up to its title of ‘sexy fruits.’ Soft Paris is a women-only store apparently, these ...

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M&C Saatchi signs up as internet porn champion

UK ad agency M&C Saatchi is to handle a global campaign for US web hosting company ICM Registry to promote the new xxx domain group, a new kind of top shelf on the internet for the ever-popular porn category. But ...

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WPP rumoured to be lining up bid for AKQA

They used to say you never got fired for buying IBM and you’re on pretty safe ground when you write that WPP is thinking of gatecrashing a big agency acquisition. Campaign thinks so anyway, reporting that WPP mergers head Andrew ...

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