Diary: On the QT ...

Pioneer was the proud sponsor of the Baftas on Sunday night, so it was a shame that its tables were among those that felt the need to talk loudly throughout the evening's speeches.

And it was a terrible night for whoever was responsible for the sound engineering - so low was the volume that much of the audience took to reading the presenters' autocue in order to understand what was going on ...

This week's Cosmopolitan party celebrating ten years of its naked male centrefolds feature is being talked up as the event of the month for every woman in media. Given the male-to-female ratio at last year's party (where women outnumbered the disappointingly fully dressed centrefolds by about 10:1), this year's party needs an added draw.

However, the organisers have pulled out all the stops by offering the chance to win a £2,000 diamond and watch Duncan (from the boy band Blue) launch his solo career ...

Chariot, the company behind the Monday Lotto draw, the UK's newest lottery game, may be ruing spending so much money on its media coverage. Following an almost blanket advertising campaign on 8 May, its first day of business, eager players were thwarted in their attempts to gamble by the company's website crashing ...

The Communications Agency is attempting to shoot down clients' fears that agencies tell the odd porkie pie, by sending around a web-based game it has created. As some of the industry's most-used whoppers, including "we're not interested in awards", float up the screen, the player gets the chance to shoot flying pigs out of the sky ...

News reaches us that Aldbury's domination of modern media might be coming to an end. According to the rumour mill, the new Thinkbox chief executive, Tess Alps, is looking to sell up and move on, leaving The Newspaper Society's Robert Ray as the sole trade body representative living in the village.


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