French town bans ad of women on the brink of a kissA French town has ordered advertisers to remove posters which appear to show two women about to kiss, following complaints from embarrassed parents.
The Business Interview
THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPPAmerican Omnicom and France's Publicis announced last July they were merging. But after months of unsuccessful talks they called off the engagement. What does this mean for th...
35-billion-dollar advertising merger collapsesThe biggest planned merger in advertising history goes sour as American firm Omnicom and French company Publicis decide to call the whole thing off. Meanwhile, the French budget mi...
Ad giants Omnicom and Publicis call off $35bn mergerA proposed $35 billion merger between US-based Omnicom Group and French rival Publicis Groupe has been called off as the challenges in forming the world's largest advertising...
Can tax cuts save Italy's economy?Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has outlined €10 billion in tax cuts, part of a plan he says will help boost the country's struggling economy. It could be good news for ta...
In The Papers
IN THE WORLD PAPERS
The Kiss: Good-looking strangers make out for an adINTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 12.03.14: International papers continue to focus on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. The Malaysian Star compares the search effort to looking for...
UK pulls ‘misleading’ Cantona Kronenbourg beer advertA beer advertisement featuring French football legend Eric Cantona was banned on Wednesday in the UK for “misleading” consumers with the claim that Kronenbourg 1664 lager was brewe...
Angry Americans boycott Coke over Super Bowl adIt was meant as an uplifting celebration of the ethnic and cultural diversity of the United States of America and, of course, to sell soft drinks.
Scarlett Johansson leaves Oxfam over Israeli advertUS actress Scarlett Johansson will relinquish her role as global ambassador for Oxfam after the aid group deemed her service "incompatible" with adverts she did for an Is...
Quitting the French welfare system: Why some entrepreneurs are going privateChina posts a $25.5 billion trade surplus for December – far lower than expected, bringing shares in Shanghai to a five-month low. Also, France’s welfare program is one of the worl...
Egyptian puppet accused of terrorismIn this edition: an Egyptian puppet is accused of terrorism; "Mok-Bang" is South Korea’s new Internet trend; and a stunning display from three Czech trial riding champs.
Advertisements causing a stirWe take a look at three different advertisements causing outcry online for different reasons: one for Vodafone in Egypt, another for Coca Cola in Ireland and finally a movie poster...