There’s nothing worse than being stitched up by a journalist! Especially if you are one yourself, as Mortgage Strategy reporter Lee Jones found out recently. Jones has appeared in The Londonpaper a total of three times so far, thanks to a so-called friend who works on the paper and has on occasion found himself short of a ‘vox pop’ quote. Lee has appeared with various job titles, though most worrying of all has to be that of estate agent – despite the fact he begged his friend not to stitch him up in such fashion. We at Hush Hush of course deplore the crude use of such tactics simply to fill up some space.
Esteemed MD group editor Robyn Hall says 2007 will be the year he quits smoking. Hush Hush feels that such an aim should be applauded. However, it should be noted that he has failed to say when this year he intends to quit, so anyone wishing to take bets on Hall’s willpower could do very well. Obviously we can’t do this ourselves – something about professionalism and a possible conflict of interest – but if anyone decides to run a book on this particular subject, they should feel free to let us know (quietly) – we reckon odds of 50:1 he’ll do it.
Poor old Pyam Azardi, The Mortgage Times’ head of marketing seems quite concerned his staff will jump ship at the first opportunity. Given the chance to appear in the first “Meet the Mortgage Desk” photo-spread (on pages 58 and 59 in case you missed it – Ed) Azardi said no stating concerns about the possibility one of his competitors might try and poach his staff. Either The Mortgage Times isn’t paying its staff enough or its staff are the best in the business. Hush Hush feels in no position to comment so we’ll let you decide for yourselves.
Word reaches Hush Hush that PR guru Richard Hurst (well it wouldn’t be a gossip column without Hurst, would it? – Ed) has furthered his ambitions for total world domination, announcing this month that he was ready to expand his PR empire into Europe. The announcement – in the pub to be fair so not necessarily official – followed news that a mortgage distributor is considering European expansion itself. Not that Hurst is chasing a free trip to Spain or anything.