Carlton Communications chief executive Steven Cain has confirmed he
is to leave at the end of January as the company’s merger with United
News & Media progresses. Lord Hollick, United’s chief executive, will
take the role of chief executive in the enlarged group.
Pearson has confirmed plans for a new personal finance web site as
originally reported in Marketing (July 15, 1999). The site, branded
separately from the company’s main FT.com offering, will challenge the
increasing number of online personal investor web sites, including This
is Money, Times Money and The Street.com.
Bulmers, Britain’s largest cider maker, plans to triple group turnover
and create a pounds 1bn company over a five-year period. The company,
driven by recent deals in the US and China, aims to expand in the US,
Australia and Western Europe.
Walt Disney has replaced its worldwide head of consumer products
division, Anne Osberg, with Nike’s former chief marketing officer,
Andrew Mooney. As president of Disney Consumer Products Worldwide,
Mooney will report to division chairman Barton Boyd.
The IPA has elected i-level as its first new media agency member.
Launched in April, i-level is now the largest buyer of online media in
the UK, billing pounds 1m a month in web advertising alone.
Abbey National has signed as a provider for NTL’s interactive TV
service. The move gives Abbey a presence on all the UK’s interactive
television services, having previously signed deals with Open and
Telewest. NTL’s interactive television will be launched next year.
First Choice Holidays, the UK’s fourth biggest holiday operator, has
laid out plans for expansion into continental Europe, after two failed
mergers and the completion of its three-year profit recovery plan. It is
now looking for alliances and mergers in mainland Europe to expand its
Hamleys toy store has hired creative communications agency Clinic to a
pounds 2m revamp of its London store. Specialist interior designers
Watson Designs will work alongside Clinic to transform the London shop
for August 2000. Clinic has also worked on an underground poster
campaign for Hamleys, to run for two weeks from today (Wednesday).
AOL UK is to sponsor Sunday nights on Sky Premier, in its first move
into broadcast sponsorship. Put together with BBJ Media Services, it
consists of 15-second opening and closing strings around each movie, and
will run until September 2000.
The BBC is to rename BBC GLR94.9 ’BBC London Live’ as part of a plan to
create a single identity for its television, radio and online services
for London. The decision follows plans announced in August to invest
pounds 5.5m in strengthening the BBC’s local and regional services in
London and the South-East.
Direct marketing agency WWAV Rapp Collins is to fund a Millennium TV
campaign for five of its charity clients. The DRTV activity will ask
consumers to donate pounds 15 to Oxfam, NSPCC, Shelter, Imperial Cancer
Research Fund and Age Concern. The two-minute commercial, which will
first air on Channel 5 on Christmas Eve, will show how the donation
could help each of the charities.
Sony PlayStation is to launch a Christmas direct mail burst to build
relationships with its existing customers following Sega’s launch of the
Dreamcast. PlayStation will target 350,000 customers through Claydon
Heeley International. PlayStation hopes to preserve its customer base
ahead of the launch of PlayStation 2 next autumn.
Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst’s dollars 1.9bn offer for United Biscuits
could be in jeopardy after a French group said it may exceed the sum.
The rival bid would come from Finalrealm, a company formed by Banque
Nationale de Paris SA’s Paribas Affaires Industrielles private equity
unit, UK buyout firm Cinven, and Deutsche Bank AG’s DB Capital
Marketing will not appear next week and will publish next on Thursday,
January 6. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our
readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Millennium.