Diary: Water-cooler monitor

WHAT TOPICS HAVE THE INDUSTRY BEEN DISCUSSING THIS WEEK? THE TALK TIME SPENT The France Telecom pitch. What must have been one 1 hr 13 mins of the biggest briefing sessions of all time appears to have gone off without a hitch in Paris last week. TBWA is the hot favourite, but it's early days ... Campaign's new self-assessments for the Top 300 2hrs 58 mins report. Agencies are feeling distinctly nervous about summing up their own performances. Maiden. Will the company's management secure 43 mins 18 secs backing for a management buyout? Stella Artois and Lowe. Tesco has abandoned ship, 1 hr 57 mins will Stella Artois follow suit? The departure from Lowe of Vince Squibb, the creator of many of its best ads, will weaken the agency's position. Sources close to the business predict a global pitch.

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