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Cannes Festival adds Radio Lions

Cannes organisers are introducing a new award category for 2005 - the Cannes Lions Radio Lions.

"Radio is an increasingly important part of the media mix and it is appropriate and logical that Cannes recognises creative excellence in this area," commented Terry Savage, Festival CEO.


A little music while you pee?

Is there some strange fasination with advertising to men in the loo? It seems like it with all the urinal advertising making the press lately, like Twist on bathroom advertising. This time, the ads on the urinal cakes take a unusual twist- they have recorded messages and music which is activated by motion.
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Clientcopia - a new place to vent.

Oh my! It's like an entire AdVent site - Clientcopia is where you can browse and add the dumbest things clients have ever said to you. Like "can we have four colours but we only want to pay for one". You can browse all the inane things that are in there already, or add your own. Can't get enough - bookmark this old dreamless client quote discussion for your chuckling pleasure.


Child labour group gets Pepsi ad banned in India.

A judge has ordered Pepsi to withdraw a television commercial that has angered child-labour activists. The commercial depicts a ten-year old boy carrying pepsi to the Indian cricket team, negotiating a difficult route to them, finally emerging from an underground tunnel.

"We are against multinationals using children in advertising that shows child labour in a positive light," said activist Santosh Shinde of the Mumbai-based voluntary group Balpraful. They launched a petition in Hyderabad, where a judge ruled it should be withdrawn.


Snickers ad drives Alternet writer nuts!

Over at Alternet, Matt Tabbi hates the latest batch of Snickers ads. A lot. Cuckoo for Cocoa Ads. When Mars refuses to endorse Fair Trade chocolate, hate the ads! The commercials must have damaged the "Research" part of this journalists brain as he gets many facts wrong.

See the snickers "president" ad here


Elite Designers against Ikea campaign

Elite Designers against Ikea

The big blue place is odious, its affordable design is sickeningly shallow and we loathe it even more than we loathe football. Please join us in our unqualified hatred.

Call van der Puups number and you'll be greeted with a "funny accent" message +44 (0) 20 7729 4636 - a little reminiscent of Ugoff - the great pouch designer. This campaign is supported by commercials, posters and press where van den Puup headlines with the choice quote: "Ikea, you disgust me to my kidneys".


NYC hanging up on public-telephone advertising.

The New York Post says that New York city has called for and end to public-telephone advertising. Fed up residents have complained about living in a cacophony of advertising messages and asked the city to curb the commercial clutter problem. Why install thousands of phone booths that are never used, since they rarely work, and most people have a cell phone anyway? Because the ad space makes money.

One city official said the new restrictions were needed because phones were being installed just for advertising, not because there was a need for people to make phone calls.

"It's become entirely an advertising market. There was no telecommunications rationale," the official said.