DIARY: HOTCAKES

’A star is born’ was the cry at the staff cabaret that closed BBC Worldwide’s recent annual sales conference in Prague. As befits the Beeb, the show gets more and more ambitious each year.

’A star is born’ was the cry at the staff cabaret that closed BBC

Worldwide’s recent annual sales conference in Prague. As befits the

Beeb, the show gets more and more ambitious each year.



Being a drama queen herself, Hotcakes knows a thing or two about glam

productions. This year the frustrated luvvies excelled themselves by

staging a medley of musicals featuring backdrops, costumes and lasers

that would befit any West End stage.



Produced by Alfie ’Cameron’ Lewis, highlights included Louis Haywood as

The Lion King’s Simba (pictured) and Lorna Ko and Tim Robinson

performing a duet from West Side Story.



But the climax came when Justine ’Evita’ Southall sang a show-stopping

rendition of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina. We’re told there wasn’t a dry

eye in the house.



Industry insiders are starting to wonder about Nigel Reeve and his

choice of employees for the fledgling outfit Fusion Radio. A press

release was recently issued naming a list of recruits. The most

formidable in terms of sales experience was Alan Bluman, hired as London

and regional sales manager.



What the press release failed to say was that Bluman - well respected as

he is - had left his previous media employer GWR some time ago to fulfil

a long-standing ambition to work in furniture sales.



The GWR informant who imparted this information went on to say he had

never heard of any stations in Fusion’s portfolio. ’Are you sure he’s

(Reeve’s) not making them up?’ he asked. ’While I respect Reeve and what

he did at Classic FM, I can’t help thinking he’s getting too much press

coverage for the size of his company.’ This could, of course, be a case

of sour grapes.



You can trust Media Business to get to the bottom, so to speak, of all

the top stories. This time we have unearthed the truth of the Mike

Hope-Milne striptease fiasco.



You may recall (Media Business, 19 June), that MediaCom’s head of radio

was offered pounds 60 to strip at the Stella Artois tennis championship

a few years back.



Being a good sport, Hope-Milne not only shed his entire kit but stood on

a chair and rubbed imaginary oil into his body, according to female

observers.



It now emerges that our stripper was offered an equal sum not to strip

by Western’s deputy managing director Gary Birtles, but went ahead

anyway.



’He just wanted to get his bits out,’ said an insider.



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