TELECOM ALLTEL AWARDS CREATIVE ACCOUNT TO DDB

$51 Million Assignment Covers National and Regional Advertising

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Wireless and telecommunications carrier Alltel Corp. has awarded the $51 million creative portion of its national and regional advertising account to DDB Worldwide, Chicago, according to the Omnicom Group agency.

DDB bested sibling Martin/Williams, Minneapolis; independent Richards Group, Dallas; and two Interpublic Group of Cos. agencies, Campbell-Ewald, Warren, Mich. and the Martin Agency, Richmond, Va., the incumbent.

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return calls seeking comment. Rojek Cutcher Group, Cleveland, was the consultant handling the review.

Based in Little Rock, Ark., Alltel has about 12 million customers in 26 states and reported $8 billion in revenues. Alltel provides wireless, local telephone, long distance, Internet and high-speed data services to residential and business customers.

Observers considered DDB a front-runner for the business because of its work on Dell and Qwest Communications. DDB won the consolidated $100 million Qwest business in April 2002 but lost it four months later to runner-up Interpublic Group of Cos.' Foote, Cone & Belding.

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Tobi Elkin contributed to this report.

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