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John Tylee

John Tylee

Associate editor

18 November 1945, London


Career history
1963-1965 Junior reporter, Enfield Gazette.
1965-1973 Evening Echo, Hemel Hempstead (general reporter, education correspondent, assistant news editor)
1973-1983 Thomson Regional Newspapers, chief assistant to the London Desk.
1983-1985: Senior information officer, Post Office
1985 – present Campaign


Favourite ad
Health Education Council poster “This is what happens when a fly lands on your food” by Cramer Saatchi. The most succinct and effective piece of copywriting I’ve ever seen.


Favourite book
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy by John Le Carre.
No other writer combines such thrilling plots with such utterly believable and well-rounded – and often tragically flawed - characters. Dan Brown eat your heart out.


Favourite album
September Of My Years, Frank Sinatra.
The greatest popular singer of all time at the height of his powers. A selection of beautiful, wistful songs that reflect on bygone youth without mawkishness. It strikes a chord.


Favourite TV programme
Talking Heads, the series of monologues written by Alan Bennett. All masterpieces of characterisation and observation.


Most humbling experience
The number of industry top bananas who showed up for the Groucho bash celebrating my 20 years at Campaign.


The lowdown
Campaign’s resident Grumpy Old Man and its last remaining link to the days of typewriters and Tippex, when a fax machine was as high-tech as it got and when WPP just made supermarket trolleys. Diehard tie-wearer. Hates achingly trendy wine bars. Loves Davidoff cigars and good brandy.

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Latest Articles From This Author

Former Ogilvy & Mather chief Peter Warren dies aged 74

- Peter Warren, the former Ogilvy & Mather chief who guided the UK agency through one of the most successful periods in its history before continuing his famous double act with Michael Baulk at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, has died aged 74.

HAT kicks off search for director as Chloe Veale departs

- The History of Advertising Trust is starting the search for a new director in the wake of Chloe Veale's decision to resign after two years in the job.

'If Cameron ran posters to say he believed in the NHS, people would believe him'

- Lord Bell was a driving force behind some of the UK's most memorable and impactful political ads in the 70s and 80s. Here, he tells John Tylee why the outdoor medium can still decide the fate of an election

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