Diary: Hotcakes

If giving people days off whenever they fancied them seemed naive in a publishing business, then inviting the cameras into Cabal could definitely be deemed crazy.

If giving people days off whenever they fancied them seemed naive

in a publishing business, then inviting the cameras into Cabal could

definitely be deemed crazy.



The BBC 2 docusoap Trouble Between the Covers (Hotcakes preferred the

original working title, Tears in the Toilet), did not do Cabal too many

favours.



Rumours of the company’s urgent need for ad revenue were candidly

reinforced in last week’s first episode when Charmian Denison (pictured)

confessed she would willingly trade blow jobs to close a deal. Hotcakes

is assured this was irony.



And the pressure seemed to be getting to her boss Sally O’Sullivan.

Tired and emotional, she was seen ranting in Turkish at passers-by in

the street.



Meanwhile, Front editor Piers Hernu (pictured) redefined smugness as he

mugged for the camera while manoeuvring himself into bed with a couple

of slappers. He said he was sacked from IPC because everybody hated

him.



Can’t think why.



What Hotcakes would like to know is whether the television cameras are

ever going to get a look at O’Sullivan’s fellow majority

shareholders.



Last week, Media Business uncovered the fact that a certain Jeffrey

Archer has 30,000 shares in the business.



Everyone knew O’Sullivan had a few big-name backers, but no-one seemed

to know exactly who. The Scotsman recently wrote an interesting little

piece on O’Sullivan, which included the statement that her backers are

’a lawyer, two publishers, a gambler and a very successful

entrepreneur’.



Which of those descriptions belongs to Archer is anyone’s guess.



If the Daily Star were to pursue Archer for the pounds 500,000 libel

pay-out he won from the paper based partly on a now-flawed alibi, he may

be asking O’Sullivan for his money back. What tangled webs.



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