Today’s circuit of the internet gleans a fair few nuggets of gossip, amongst them news of a mammoth £210m P&G media account up for grabs, a bar on ad blocking in China and a further blow to HSBC’s reputation
Campaign reports that multinational consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has instigated talks over its £210m UK media account, opening discussions with a number of agencies who hope to win a slice of the lucrative contract.
The agency portal also carries news that Grey London are in process of completing their revamped management team as new chief executive Leo Rayman asserts his vision for the business upon succeeding Lucy Jameson.
Retail Week meanwhile notes that online retailer Shop Direct has appointed customer intelligence director as it seeks to make more intelligent use of its data to improve personalisation for individual shoppers.
The BBC carries news that energy committee MPs have urged new business secretary not to interfere with the present rules on price comparison websites amidst fears that such platforms would no longer be required to list all offers currently on the market.
Elsewhere Business Insider carries an in depth report on electric car manufacturer Tesla’s future road map; including solar roofs with integrated battery storage, roll-out of additional vehicles, continue to improve self-driving technology and an expansion of its car sharing program.
At Reuters comes news of increasing bitterness with in the US Republican party following reports that defeated presidential candidate Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump during a keynote speech, much to the chagrin of Trump supporters in the audience who booed and jeered hime off stage – shattering hopes of party unity.
The Times takes a different tack, relaying news of a Pokemon Go ban in the Indonesian army after the monster hunting hit took the world’s most populous Muslim nation by storm. The government acted over concerns that distracted security personnel might compromise safety or offer a loophole for would be suicide bombers to access sensitive sites.
The Guardian reports a ruling by press watchdog IPSO against Mail Online over that websites coverage of the killing of a Muslim girl using the headline ‘Islamic honour killing’. The regulator said use of the term was incorrect in this context as there was no evidence that the killing was religiously motivated.
Back at Ad Exchanger sits a piece on Google discussing the launch of a new customer call centre measurement and attribution product with tap to call functionality tying inbound calls to specific AdWords campaigns.
Lastly The Telegraph reports on allegations of illicit financial chicanery which continue to dog HSBC, with the issue thrust back under the spotlight following the arrest of a senior executive by FBI agents at JFK airport on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud a client.