Diary: Water-Cooler Monitor

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THE TALK TIME SPENT How lucky is Clemmow Hornby Inge? The sudden 3 hrs 15 mins exit of the British Gas marketing chief and number-one CHI fan, Nick Smith, could have meant trouble. His replacement with Amanda Mackenzie, who at BT was a founding member of the CHI fan club, is therefore fortuitous. It's almost chocs-away time on the BA pitch. But who 1hr 2 mins will win? DDB London is the frontrunner, but Bartle Bogle Hegarty's dogged pursuit of the business may win the day. However, M&C can't be counted out. How long before News International enters the 48 mins freesheet fray? The capture of Mike Anderson, the Evening Standard's managing director,who launched Metro and Standard Lite, may mean it happens sooner rather than later.

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