Media Wrap: Bass to take top spot at GroupM?; McLennan buoyed by ratings bounce; Stan to go after sport?

Sarah Homewood
By Sarah Homewood | 4 May 2015

Bass to take top spot at GroupM?

The Australian is reporting that chief investment officer for GroupM, Danny Bass, is poised and ready to take the top job at the media agency group. The seat was vacated two weeks ago when CEO John Steedman announced he was stepping down from the role in June.

McLennan buoyed by ratings bounce

The Australian Financial Review is reporting Ten will conclude its strategic review when it is ready, with Ten's executive chairman Hamish McLennan telling the paper that the broadcaster is not "working to a stopwatch". McLennan also told the AFR that there are early signals that Ten is closing the gap between its ratings and revenue share.

Woolies tops Havas' brand value list

Global advertising and public relations agency Havas has uncovered what makes a brand more meaningful than others – based on surveys from 300,000 people across 34 countries – and topping the list in Australia is Woolworths. Havas' Australian head of strategy, Imogen Hewitt, told The AFR most people were looking for brands that improved their wellbeing – such as "Do they help me save? … be more healthy?" – the environment and broader community, as well as a good price.

Stan to go after sport?

Stan’s chief executive, Mike Sneesby, has told The Australian not to rule out live-sport streaming on the platform. The service, which is a joint venture between Nine and Fairfax, could bid jointly for key sporting events.

News Corp and Mail Online plagiarism feud continues

Also in The Australian, News Corp is claiming once again that the Mail Online is plagiarising its copy. In the most recent example, The Daily Telegraph editor, Paul Whittaker, is claiming that the The British newspaper’s Australian website plagiarised an exclusive page one story last week.


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