The shortlist for the Adidas £200m global consolidation of its Adidas and Reebok brands includes incumbents Carat, OMD and PHD, along with Starcom Group and MediaCom.
ITV has confirmed plans for a celebrity version of the The X Factor, to run in the spring. Judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh will be in the chair, although ITV is keeping the celebs' names under wraps.
Guardian Unlimited has launched a travel auction site in a bid to expand its travel advertiser portfolio. The site, launched this week in partnership with internet auction specialists Truition, allows users to bid for holidays, flights, hotels and other travel products through an eBay-style website.
The BBC's radio websites were visited by a record 8.2 million unique users in January, who listened to 17 million hours of live and on-demand radio. It beat the previous record of 8.1 million users, set in November 2005.
The Associated Newspapers-backed Centurion Holiday Group has bought holiday lettings website Trustaccommodation.com for an undisclosed fee. CHG sales and marketing director John Harding has now joined the new acquisition as group chief executive.
Seven home interest titles from IPC SouthBank are to carry a 24-page interiors guide produced in assoc-iation with retail chain John Lewis, which will run advertorials across the titles. Ideal Home will host four reader evenings at John Lewis stores around ther country, which will also stock the booklet.
In the coverage of the recent consumer magazine ABC results for July-December, Media Week omitted Haymarket titles Classic FM - The Magazine and Gramophone from the list of top-10 music titles. Classic FM - The Magazine, which is 93.7% actively purchased, came ninth with a total circulation of 44,279. Gramophone, which is 92.0% actively purchased, was 10th with a total circulation of 43,523. Also, we inaccurately reported the circulation change to Emap's Bike as a fall. Bike had actually recorded a rise in circulation of 1.9% year on year, which is in contrast to its claim of an average fall of 8% in the motorcycle magazine sector. As reported, Bike's circulation is 91,045.