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ITV plots ad takeover for Queen at 90 show

ITV plots ad takeover for Queen at 90 show

ITV is to air a royal-themed ad break to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, with 11 brands taking part in "a unique, extended" commercial that will last two-and-a-half minutes.

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Ronseal takes over ad break with three minutes of 'watching paint dry'

Ronseal takes over ad break with three minutes of 'watching paint dry'

Ronseal is taking over an entire ad break on Channel 4 tonight in which the viewer is invited to watch paint dry.

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PHD and MediaCom lead nominations in Thinkbox TV Planning Awards shortlist

PHD and MediaCom lead nominations in Thinkbox TV Planning Awards shortlist

PHD and MediaCom are the most shortlisted agencies in the 2016 Thinkbox TV Planning Awards, run with Campaign, which will be judged next week.

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Is live-streaming a ticking time bomb for sports broadcasters?

Is live-streaming a ticking time bomb for sports broadcasters?

Will platforms such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook become the natural home for live sport, Gideon Spanier asks.

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Sky wins DHL as first international client

Sky wins DHL as first international client

Sky has won DHL as its first international client that will run an ad campaign across the pay-TV giant's five European markets simultaneously.

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Britain's Got Talent maintains audience hold with almost 10m tuning in

Britain's Got Talent maintains audience hold with almost 10m tuning in

ITV's Britain's Got Talent has maintained its hold on audiences for the third week running, attracting 9.9 million viewers on Saturday night.

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Sky: Online advertising isn't as effective as digital evangelists think

Sky: Online advertising isn't as effective as digital evangelists think

We're entering a new era in online advertising because brands are using data and technology to question its effectiveness, says Andrew Mortimer, director of media at Sky.

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Kwik Fit's return to TV ads lauds staff as 'heroes'

Kwik Fit's return to TV ads lauds staff as 'heroes'

Kwik Fit, the car repairs company, is celebrating its customer service as it returns to TV ads.

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Top Cat takes out a mortgage in Halifax campaign

Top Cat takes out a mortgage in Halifax campaign

Top Cat, the gangster feline protagonist from the animated 60s series, is coming back to terrestrial TV tonight in a new ad campaign by Halifax.

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Live streaming of sport is 'ticking time bomb' for broadcasters

Live streaming of sport is 'ticking time bomb' for broadcasters

Live streaming of sport is the "ticking time bomb" facing broadcasters across the world, Advertising Week Europe heard today.

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Sky ad revenue up 7%

Sky ad revenue up 7%

Sky's operating profit was up 11.6 per cent for the nine months to the end of March 2016 to £1.14 billion, as ad revenue climbed 7 per cent.

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Airbnb targets families for the first time with 'Live There' campaign

Airbnb targets families for the first time with 'Live There' campaign

Airbnb has gone after traditional travel company territory for the first time with 'Live There', a global campaign targeted at families as well as its usual millennial demographic.

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MT Rainey named Channel 4 deputy chairman

MT Rainey named Channel 4 deputy chairman

MT Rainey, one of the founders of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, has been appointed as the deputy chairman of Channel 4.

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Channel 4 launches £1m disability ad competition

Channel 4 launches £1m disability ad competition

Channel 4 is going to give away £1 million of airtime to the brand that comes up with the best creative idea featuring people with disabilities.

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Thinkbox: We're not looking for a fight with YouTube

Thinkbox: We're not looking for a fight with YouTube

Tess Alps, the chair of Thinkbox, responds to Campaign's head of media, Gideon Spanier, who said last week that the commercial TV trade body is engaged in an "epic battle" with YouTube.

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Ryan Reynolds to front BT's latest 'behind the scenes' ad

Ryan Reynolds to front BT's latest 'behind the scenes' ad

Ryan Reynolds features in the latest ad in BT's "behind the scenes" campaign, which airs tomorrow.

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Vodafone to reassure customers with 30-day guarantee campaign

Vodafone to reassure customers with 30-day guarantee campaign

Vodafone's latest TV campaign will promote itself as the first UK mobile operator to offer a 30-day network guarantee, after complaints from customers rose sharply last year.

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Anomaly picks up Freeview creative account

Anomaly picks up Freeview creative account

Freeview, the free-to-air TV platform, has appointed Anomaly to handle its creative account.

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Waitrose to stream live ad from dairy farm

Waitrose to stream live ad from dairy farm

Waitrose will stream a live ad from one of its dairy farms this week to show customers where their food comes from.

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UKTV overtakes Channel 5 and Sky

UKTV overtakes Channel 5 and Sky

UKTV overtook Sky and Channel 5 in terms of share of commercial impacts in 2015, as its revenue rose by 13 per cent year on year.

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