Reckitt-Benckiser backs online video with $40m

Reckitt-Benckiser, home of £92m a year CEO Bart Becht, is to spend $40m on online video in the US but it’s going for rates as low as $2 cost per thousand clicks as opposed to the $30-40 premium sites obtain. ...

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Irate James Murdoch prompts the FT’s first f****

Well you can’t put it in a headline can you? Can you? The august Financial Times reports today that Rupert Murdoch’s son and heir James, accompanied by fragrant sidekick Rebekah Wade, flounced into the Independent newsroom on Wednesday afternoon, angrily ...

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Crozier gets his timing right

For once Adam Crozier seems to have got his timing right. The Saatchis smoothie who presided over controversial regimes at the Football Association and the Royal Mail, attracting volcanic ash clouds of criticism as he did so, is taking over ...

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New UK output figures a big boost for Brown and Labour

On the face of it a 0.2 per cent increase in the UK’s gross domestic product (more or less everything in the economy) for January to March might not look very exciting but it’s actually very good news for PM ...

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C4’s Andy Duncan trousers £1.4m – is this a payment for failure?

Well it is public money after all so it’s reasonable to ask the question. Recently-departed Channel 4 CEO Andy Duncan ‘earned’ the above sum in the last year through salary, payment of his one year rolling contract plus bonus and ...

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Score draw for UK hopefuls Brown, Cameron and Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, the clear winner in the first UK leaders debate, came under fierce pressure from Tory David Cameron and Labour PM Gordon Brown in last night’s televised debate (the second of three) but managed not to ...

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Procter & Gamble to back soap Oprah

Oprah Whinfrey that is, whose forthcoming Oprah Whinfrey Network, backed by Discovery Communications, has secured around $100m of advertising over three years from giant advertiser Procter & Gamble. Intriguingly Ad Age reports that the deal includes the ability for P&G ...

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Maurice Levy to hand over reins at Publicis

Maurice Levy, the boss of French ad giant Publicis Groupe for over 20 years, has said he is going to step down next year. Barring a pretty unforeseeable disaster Levy will leave the business in good shape as not just ...

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