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UKIP launches ad appeal to disaffected Tories

The UK Independence Party is looking to exploit divisions in the Conservative Party with an ad campaign launched today.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has sent a rallying cry to disaffected Tories to join his party’s growing ranks as the Conservatives fight over Europe and gay marriage.

The ‘Mad Men’ of Fleet Street drama is on the way

US TV network Starz, which was behind the acclaimed drama ‘Spartacus Blood and Sand’, is to create a ‘Mad Men’ style drama about Fleet Street, the former home of Britain’s national newspapers.

The drama is to be executive produced by CNN anchor and former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

News of the World prepared Thatcher special

News of the World Thatcher commemorative issueThe News of the World prepared a special 16-page pull out to commemorate the life of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher only for the paper to fall before she did.

The News of the World close almost two years ago, in July 2011, and its special Thatcher issue went down with the News International-owned newspaper.

Daily Mirror planned anti-Thatcher ad after her death

Mirror considered Thatcher ad after her deathIn the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death, the Guardian reports that Daily Mirror publisher Trinity Mirror considered running an ad campaign highlighting how its papers opposed her policies during the 1980s.

Trinity Mirror, which publishes the Labour supporting Daily and Sunday Mirror titles and the Sunday People, created a mock-up ad that takes aim at its Conservative supporting and pro-Thatcher rival The Sun.  

The Guardian, Margaret Thatcher and Marmite

This is quite inspired work from BBH London for the Guardian, which has created this ad to trail Posy Simmonds’ take on the life of Margaret Thatcher in Saturday’s paper.

It features a headline at the foot “One woman, a nation divided”, but it is hardly needed when you have such a strong image that sums up perfectly how many feel about the former Prime Minister — loved by some and hated by others. Great advertising. 

The ad, trailing Posy Simmonds take on the life of Thatcher in Saturday's Guardian, features a headline at the foot

Nurse in Lib Dems ad revealed as underwear model

Louise Cole on Berlei photo shootIs there anything the Liberal Democrats can do right? The party currently has an ad running on its Welsh site featuring a nurse and the strapline “A £600 tax cut for every ordinary worker in the country?”.

Except the woman featured is Louise Cole who is an underwear model for brands like Berlei and  Nike, Gossard, Wonderbra, Toyota, Harley Davidson and M&S.

Guardian launches striking first US only ad campaign

The Guardian has this week launched its first US advertising campaign, which builds on the acclaimed “Three Little Pigs” and “Own the Weekend” efforts, with a set of ads that seek to spark debate on controversial American issues.

The Guardian partnered with BBH New York to launch the new #VoiceYourView campaign which cleverly merges the Guardian’s editorial voice with its distinctive strategy of open journalism and social media.

Something special today? How about an atheist Bus Campaign

The British Humanist Association to sell of its ‘There's Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life' adsDo you remember that controversial bus advertising campaign from 2009? Ads from The British Humanist Association appeared promoting atheism on London buses following an effort to raise money funded by members of the public and the scientist and author Richard Dawkins.

The bus ads, which carried the tagline ‘There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life’, provoked 326 complaints to the ad watchdog.

Now they are for sale on eBay.

Sunday Times acting editor to apologise to Jewish leaders over Netanyahu cartoon

A bad start to his new job for acting editor of the Sunday Times, Martin Ivens. He is to apologise personally to the Board of the Deputies of British Jews after publishing a cartoon that has been branded antisemitic and been disowned by Rupert Murdoch, according to the Guardian.

The cartoon, by renowned cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, depicted Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu paving a wall with the blood and bodies of muslims. It was published this past Sunday, which was holocaust memorial day.

A great ad testifying to the power of newspapers

A wonderful ad here from Duval Guillaume Modem in Antwerp, which was also the agency behind last year’s viral hit for TNT Benelux “a dramatic surprise on a quiet square”. This time out the agency has set out to show how newspapers can hold our attention on behalf of its client Newspaperswork (the Belgian equivalent of Newsworks in the UK).