Diary: On the QT ...

Yet again, the industry is faced with the conundrum of deciding when inspiration turns into plagiarism. Anyone who wants to ponder this should look at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj0uvl5kbhw. The clip shows an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman from 1996, where he films hundreds of bouncy balls being thrown down a hill in San Francisco. Sound familiar? ...

Also, while on YouTube, Diary recommends that readers who are having problems sleeping should check out Howard Draft's welcome speech to employees following the merger with FCB ...

Last week, the ITV sales chief, Gary Digby, called in at PHD to present ITV's future programming schedules. However, before he could get the presentation going, the computer equipment decided to have an off-day. The newly installed PHD chief executive, Morag Blazey, commented that problems with ITV2 had caused the glitches, which raised a few chuckles. But, quick as a flash, Digby replied that problems with IT2 were to blame. Touche ...

And, staying with ITV, it has come to Diary's attention that Malcolm Wall, whose ntl is one of the prospective buyers of the broadcaster, gets involved in white-collar boxing - the Fight Club-inspired club where people can punch each other to pieces. Let's hope Wall still has some fight left in him if he takes over at ITV - he'll need it.

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