Diary: On the QT ..

While times are hard in the media market,the downturn doesn't seem to have hit Viacom Brand Solutions as hard as its rival TV sales houses.

Word has it that the VBS managing director, Nick Bampton, is still planning to host his annual golf event in Barbados. Given the lack of good jollies around right now, we're willing to bet the trip will be even more oversubscribed than usual ...

The pilot test for the UK version of The Gruen Transfer kicked off last week, but there was one member of the panel who was absent, Georgina Murray-Burton, a senior planner at DDB London. Having been lined up as an original panel member alongside Saatchi & Saatchi's Richard Huntingdon, Murray-Burton was chomping at the bit to get her moment in the limelight. Unfortunately, excitement got the better of her and a few days before filming was due to commence, Burton fell into a cupboard (apparently while sober) breaking her arm in the process ...

Also joining this week's casualty list is Jonathan Burley. Well refreshed with rose at the Leo Burnett Friday night drinks, the executive creative director insisted he could bear the full weight of the group managing director, Paul Lawson, his PA and an agency account manager. Alas, this was one account manager too many and Burley is now hobbling around with a crutch and a dislocated knee ...

It was Z-list celebrities a-go-go at MediaCom last week. The X-Factor loser Chico took time out from singing at Butlins to visit the agency's Holborn HQ. Why? MediaCom isn't saying. Let's hope it isn't the start of a Chico revival ...

Speaking about his long-running "mind games" with Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has this to say: "It's a little bit like advertising - it is needed but what impact it has on sales you never know." Diary thinks the IPA should dispatch a copy of Advertising Works 17 to the Emirates Stadium right away.

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