Media: Things we like
campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 29 May 2009 12:00AM
Grazia's charity shop
When money's too tight to mention, it's easy to put charitable thoughts on the back burner. So top marks to Grazia magazine and Mary "Queen of Shops" Portas for opening a pop-up charity clothes shop at Westfield to raise money for Save the Children. Open from 4 to 27 June, the shop is called "Mary's Living and Giving Shop", but don't let that put you off. Designers such as Luella Bartley and Savannah Miller will donate and Sarah Mower of American Vogue has offered designer stuff, while Harvey Nichols is donating clothes and dressing the windows. Everyone's invited to drop off their donations at Grazia HQ from 19 May to 4 June.
The return of Sport magazine
We were sad when Sport, the free magazine, was forced to cease publication last month after its parent company went bust. So it's good news that its acquisition by UTV, the owner of talkSPORT, has been confirmed. Not only does this protect 20 jobs at Sport, but could also prove an inspired move by UTV. The company is really investing in its sport radio product and could now be building the beginnings of an interesting cross-platform offering. UTV's access to big sports names could also mean that the title becomes less reliant on PR-driven interviews provided by the likes of Adidas.
Saint And Greavsie's revival
We used to love the 80s football show Saint And Greavsie, hosted by the former players Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves. So we reckon it's an inspired move by Setanta to bring back the partnership for this weekend's FA Cup final. The pair may be knocking on a bit, but they combine a passion for the game with a talent for joking and banter. Saturday's pre-match build-up will definitely be worth watching.
Media's capacity for a good time
Despite the downturn, it's reassuring that media professionals have lost none of their appetite for a party. The average media worker downs four bottles of wine or more than 19 pints of beer a week, according to the latest Department of Health survey. Worrying for people's health, perhaps, but a sure sign that enjoying a pint after work is still firmly part of media culture. We'll drink to that.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
The potential sale of Cobra beer
We're big fans of the Indian lager Cobra. Once a curry-house staple, the beer has become a favourite of ours since it has been available in supermarkets and off-licences, and due to a brewing agreement with Wells & Young's (which brews its own quality ales), it has always tasted good. Now all this could be under threat as Cobra considers a sale of its UK operations to the US beer giant Molson Coors, which owns the Bass Brewery in the UK and produces confections such as Carling and Worthington's. We can only hope and pray that quality doesn't suffer should a deal go through.
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