DIARY: Ogilvy legacy hard for 'gentlemen' to honour

Ogilvy & Mather has gone a long way on its image of "gentlemen with brains", famously cultivated by the late, great David Ogilvy. Three cheers for that. But now top brass at the network are worried that, despite their best efforts, they might be about to further piss off powerful government figures - not just on both sides of the Atlantic, but, well, pretty much anywhere, actually.

In the US, the agency was accused by the White House of over-billing the government, and last week in the UK, COI Communications broke the news that the creative directors of O&M London had cheated in the Campaign Press Awards.

O&M chiefs are now nervously awaiting the next call and rewriting their recent statements to this magazine about the agency's "frank, open and honest culture".


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