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MediaPost: Ad Hoc ‘Trust’ Group Wants To Be Neutral Ground, Will Use UN As Its Venue

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At a time when the world seems more divisive than ever, a group of individuals from agencies, advertisers, the media, government and academia will meet next month to kick off what is expected to be a series of open forums tackling transparency and trust issues in the advertising industry. In an effort to symbolize its neutrality, the first meeting will take place at the United Nations in New York City.

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Marketing Magazine: Head to Head: Transparency, Ethics and Media Agencies in a Digital World

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The irony of media agencies being quick to deny there is a media transparency problem is that there has always been a transparency problem in regards to media buying.

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Digiday: Confessions of a Chinese programmatic exec.: ‘Trading desks are 10 times shadier here than in the U.S.’

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If the ad tech market is a mess in the U.S., it is worse in China.

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Mumbrella: Five of Australia’s six media agency groups condemn plan to charge fees to facilitate client relationships

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Five of Australia’s six major media buying groups have condemned the idea of asking media companies to pay for help building closer relationships with advertisers.

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The Wall Street Journal: Ad Agencies Probed Over Contracts to Produce Commercials

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The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether advertising agencies inappropriately steered business for producing commercials to their in-house units over independent firms by rigging the bidding process for those contracts, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Campaign US: Latest Agency Bid-rigging Scandal Centers On In-house Production

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Ad agencies may have been funneling work to their in-house production units by pressuring independent production companies to bow out of contract bids, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The US Department of Justice is investigating the allegations, which, if true, would be violations of American antitrust law.

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Mumbrella: Is Australia falling behind the world in industry accountability?

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Our industry is constantly engaged in discussions about accountability, transparency and metrics that can be trusted in ad trading.

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Campaign: Ex-Havas trading chief launches consultancy to tackle ‘lack of trust’ in agencies

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Scott Moorhead, the former head of digital trading at Havas Media Group, has launched a media consultancy to “deal with the lack of trust” between advertisers and agencies.

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