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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.

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 offering, will challenge the

increasing number of online personal investor web sites, including This

is Money, Times Money and The

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

UK base.

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.


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