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