If giving people days off whenever they fancied them seemed naive
in a publishing business, then inviting the cameras into Cabal could
definitely be deemed crazy.
The BBC 2 docusoap Trouble Between the Covers (Hotcakes preferred the
original working title, Tears in the Toilet), did not do Cabal too many
Rumours of the company’s urgent need for ad revenue were candidly
reinforced in last week’s first episode when Charmian Denison (pictured)
confessed she would willingly trade blow jobs to close a deal. Hotcakes
is assured this was irony.
And the pressure seemed to be getting to her boss Sally O’Sullivan.
Tired and emotional, she was seen ranting in Turkish at passers-by in
Meanwhile, Front editor Piers Hernu (pictured) redefined smugness as he
mugged for the camera while manoeuvring himself into bed with a couple
of slappers. He said he was sacked from IPC because everybody hated
Can’t think why.
What Hotcakes would like to know is whether the television cameras are
ever going to get a look at O’Sullivan’s fellow majority
Last week, Media Business uncovered the fact that a certain Jeffrey
Archer has 30,000 shares in the business.
Everyone knew O’Sullivan had a few big-name backers, but no-one seemed
to know exactly who. The Scotsman recently wrote an interesting little
piece on O’Sullivan, which included the statement that her backers are
’a lawyer, two publishers, a gambler and a very successful
Which of those descriptions belongs to Archer is anyone’s guess.
If the Daily Star were to pursue Archer for the pounds 500,000 libel
pay-out he won from the paper based partly on a now-flawed alibi, he may
be asking O’Sullivan for his money back. What tangled webs.