’I expect you’re wondering why I’ve called you here today ... I’m
afraid to say there’s been a murder.’
The crew at MediaVest’s annual golfing tournament were a little
surprised when the event shaped up to be more Poirot than Faldo.
Clients and industry luminaries arriving at the Buckinghamshire Golf
Club were stopped in their tracks by police investigating a murder in
It appears police had earlier discovered a dead body in a car. The
victim had been shot in the head, but there was no sign of the gun.
’The weapon is missing, so I can only assume it was murder,’ Media- Vest
managing director Robert Ray said slowly, in his thick Belgian
’A couple of our guests left suspiciously early for ’lunch meetings’,’
he added, with a twiddle of his finely-waxed moustache. ’Definitely
Then again, maybe it was suicide - perhaps he was a media owner involved
in a long and fruitless negotiation with us.’
But our own sleuths are on the scent - it’s just the links-effect.
If you want Ray Kelly, chief executive of Carat, to come to one of your
parties, try to give him advance notice - about 18 months should do
Last year, Granada threw a large launch party for TV3, Granada’s Irish
channel, and all the big noises in the media industry were invited along
to the Dublin bash.
Exactly a year later, Granada Media Sales got a call from Ray Kelly’s
newly appointed PA with a response to the invite. ’Ray Kelly sends
apologies in advance, but he won’t be attending the TV3 party.’
GMS was a bit taken aback, such a response being as out-dated as Noddy
Holder’s kipper tie.
It seems that Kelly’s previous secretary had experienced a few problems
keeping up to speed with the mail - God knows what she was like at the
more complicated tasks - and left mountains of unopened post behind
As Kelly’s new PA is only just tackling letters dating from a year ago,
it may be wiser to correspond with Kelly via phone or e-mail.