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181: Campaign podcast: Nationwide, National Express, Valentine's Day ads

Season 3, Ep. 181

Campaign's journalists Gurjit Degun, Imogen Watson and Charlotte Rawlings discuss some of the latest news.

They cover the Advertising Standards Authority investigating Nationwide's ads; the latest pitching activity from brands including National Express, Molson Coors and USwitch; and the shops shortlisted for the Agency of the Year Awards.

The trio also talk about brands' activity around Valentine's Day.

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