Wembley needs more than this ‘rebrand’

The new Wembley Stadium – or just Wembley as it’s now to be known, to appeal to sponsors apparently, has been pretty much a disaster from day one. First of all the UK Football Association put the project in the ...

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The top ten best World Cup ads so far?

Our thanks go to the indefatigable folks at Media Asia who have sifted their way through dozens, maybe hundreds of World Cup ads to bring you their top ten. An exhausting process with some pretty exhausting ads. Some old faves ...

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Aussies upset over latest tourism ad

It's a short film starring kangaroos, koalas, surfers, a barbie on the beach, aborigines, a famous shell-shaped opera house and a local pub. What else could it be but the latest commercial from Tourism Australia, designed to bring the punters ...

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Modesty Blaise creator Peter O’Donnell checks out

Once upon a time British newspapers had style, or tried to, and Peter O’Donnell’s cartoon Modesty Blaise in the London Evening Standard, which ran for over 40 years, certainly did. O’Donnell died recently, as did another legendary Fleet Street stylist ...

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Gaza flotilla deaths put Israel’s Mark Regev, and the FT, on the spot

Not that Regev was involved personally in the raid by Israeli commandos on the Gaza flotilla relief mission but it’s shoved him back in the spotlight again as Israel’s official spokesman. And the Financial Times, of all papers, finds itself ...

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Forget the agency, get the crowd to produce your marketing insights

Here’s an interesting article in Adweek that describes the way big companies are turning away from individual (or agency-produced) insights in favour of finding out what ‘crowds’ of consumers think. And, surprise, surprise, these exercises in democracy cost them rather ...

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UK ad complaints show the ASA is a good regulator

The UK Advertising Standards Authority was introduced 40-odd years ago as a system of self-regulation paid for by a small tax on media spend. At the time it was regarded by advertising’s opponents (and they had a case) as just ...

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Aussie PM Rudd and mining giants in ad war over tax

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd wants to bring in a 40 per cent surtax on the mining giants who are digging up huge chunks of the country to supply the ever-growing needs of Chinese industry. He’s been criticised already for ...

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