Pinning down a real ladies man

Ad agencies hoping to get to grips with Sunday Express deputy editor Ian Birrell as he and editor Sue Douglas look for a new shop would be well advised to heed a word of advice from The Diary.

According to industry sources, many years ago Birrell could be found slaving away as a junior hack on a free weekly paper in the darkest corner of the West Midlands.

Bound by his apprenticeship, but unable to resist the lure of London, the quick-thinking youngster told his employer he had girlfriend trouble, simply had to stand by her, and managed to spring from his contract.

Perhaps agencies could take a leaf out of the Lesbian Avengers’ book. It seems one of the few times Birrell had to pause for breath was during his spell at The Sunday Times.

Several young ladies from the aforementioned pressure group “invaded” the newsroom to protest at allegedly distorted reporting and chained themselves to the filing cabinets.

Latest from Marketing Week

PLEASE SIGN IN OR REGISTER. IT'S FREE, QUICK AND EASY!

Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and inspiration that will help you develop as a marketer and leader.

Register and receive the best content from the only title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work, so we can make Marketing Week more relevant to you.

Register now

THE BEST CONTENT

Our award winning editorial team and columnists will ask the biggest questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.

THE BIGGEST ISSUES

From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we will be your guide.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Dedicated to developing your skills and helping you achieve marketing excellence. Find guidance on leadership, professional development and the latest industry jobs.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3711 or email subscriptions@marketingweek.com

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here