JOHN SPILLANE has a question. “Have you heard my new single, ‘Life In An Irish Town’?” he asks, leaning forward in his armchair. “I think it has the potential to be a hit. I mean, it’s not for me to say. But I think it could do well. It is about to go to radio so we’ll find out.”
Max Clifford, 69, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences, is one of the most influential publicity agents in Britain who has represented everyone from OJ Simpson to Mohamed Al Fayed, working closely with the press to manage, break, and stop stories about his clients.
EU antitrust regulators opened an indepth investigation yesterday into a bid by Vivendi’s Universal Music to buy EMI’s recorded music unit for $1.9bn (€1.4bn), saying the proposed deal could reduce competition to the detriment of consumers.