A celebration of the Saatchis – with one notable absentee?

A stellar cast will gather next month in honour of advertising's poster boys. But will the reclusive Charles turn up?

Fallon finished with his 'killer' racing schedule

The former champion jockey looks for quality not quantity as he adopts a more mature approach

Global growth in advertising set to lift Britain's media sector

The surprise recovery of the global advertising markets in the past three months yesterday prompted a leading media agency to boost its forecasts for industry spending this year by more than 50 per cent, and to predict a further spike in 2012.

John Rentoul: Will Cameron support electoral reform?

Time to remind you what the voting reform referendum might look like (click here for a pdf), according to the advertising agencies The Independent on Sunday commissioned last month.

OFT to investigate outdoor ad market

The Office of Fair Trading is to investigate Britain's £780m billboard advertising market.

My Way: Rita Clifton, UK chairman of Interbrand

'You should listen, ask questions and radiate a positive attitude'

Should the Gold Blend couple get back together?

In the 1980s, the Gold Blend couple kept viewers hanging on, in serialised ads that made sales soar. Nestlé may want to reheat the idea, but times have changed, says Claire Beale

DVD: Mad Men: Season 3 (15)

The penny-pinching Brits may now be running the show, but little else has changed at the Manhattan ad agency.

Claire Beale On Advertising: The creative talents of a genius emerge again

London advertising has few gods. David Abbott is one of them – a genius, a legend, a gentleman. A creative icon and a man whose legacy still infuses and enthuses adland, Abbott is quite possibly the best copywriter that we have ever had.

Negative thinking: the return of the Saatchis

The creators of Mrs Thatcher's legendarily cutting advertisements are back on the campaign trail – and gunning for Gordon Brown. Ivan Fallon reports

Campaign goes negative with Brown-baiting posters

First they went for the positive approach – posters of a fresh faced (and rather airbrushed) David Cameron offering voters a brighter and more optimistic alternative to Labour. But when that election campaign was mercilessly lampooned by bloggers, the Tories decided to adopt a different tactic: get negative and get personal.

The Tory message isn't working... so Saatchi has been called back in

Conservatives return to advertising brothers in face of closing opinion polls

Claire Beale On Advertising: Fighting crime is clever marketing

Isn’t it interesting that it’s taken vulnerable corporate balance sheets to really get big businesses thinking carefully about how to make life better for all of us.

Observations: First Capital Connect launches book club

Isn't it frustrating when you've just started the first few chapters of a new book, one that has you gripped after only several pages, and then all of a sudden you have to put it down? Maybe it's because you were on a First Capital Connect train earlier this week, and you finished reading one of the 32-page free book samples that were handed out to commuters.

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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