While this is a posthumous award, it is only right that this column
recognises possibly the most impressive example of a media man literally
crashing and burning.
The award goes to the now deceased, but fondly remembered, Ian Carter, a
long-time director of the now defunct Poster Media.
Ian was one of those slightly accident-prone characters. But perhaps his
finest hour came one afternoon after he had been out on a large More
O’Ferrall jolly. Arriving back at the office in a state of inebriation,
he was spotted by his managing director, who suggested he retire to his
Once safely inside the said office, he settled back to have a cheeky
cigarette. Unfortunately he fell asleep and the ciggie fell from his
hand onto some papers -setting the office alight.
Fortunately - a single lucky break for our hero - he awoke and decided
to bunk out of his window to escape being engulfed in flames. Leaving
the smouldering office, he jumped in his car and raced home.
But he did not get very far before he piled into a car. Disastrously,
the motor he ploughed into was a police car, and Carter received a court
summons. He went on to receive a three-year ban. Top that.