Diary: On the QT ...

It emerges that somebody quite high up the MediaCom food chain had an unusual first job before entering the media - providing frustrated housewives with telephone sex.

QT will not divulge names but, with this up its sleeve, no wonder the agency has a reputation for going that extra mile on a pitch ...

As the festive season approaches, adlanders are dusting off their party gear ready for the relentless procession of parties and piss-ups. Despite Clemmow Hornby Inge and Publicis snapping up 14 December, Beattie McGuinness Bungay has also gone for this date. However, considering BMB's invite included a list of everyone else who had been asked to come - and it features many senior BSkyB clients (including Charlie Ponsonby) - this may be the one for new-business people to attend ...

The global 20th Century Fox pitch is testing agencies' resolve. In addition to network presentations in the US, there have been regional agency meetings, all needing international flights. Agencies reckon the only winner in this process is British Airways ...

As the last piece in the strategy to win the South African Tourist Board business, Ogilvy & Mather's Rory Sutherland (who is English) and Malcolm Poynton (a New Zealander) had to write gushing letters to the South African government, outlining how much they love the country.

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