Diary: Birt finds the rhythm of life is a powerful thing

The annual Communication Directors Forum included one unforgettable highlight - oddly enough it wasn’t former BBC director general Lord Birt’s opening address.

The annual Communication Directors Forum included one unforgettable

highlight - oddly enough it wasn’t former BBC director general Lord

Birt’s opening address.



Rather it was the ’entertainment’: a nightly cabaret in the Horizons

bar. Hindered only by limited singing talent and questionable PVC

costumes, the stunning tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen caused a

real stir.



On the second night the troupe received a standing ovation for a

selection of songs including a version of Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick,

featuring one of the male dancers dressed as a headmaster with a cane,

while several of the female troupe paraded around dressed as

schoolgirls.



In comparison, Lord Birt’s talk on ’The future of digital media’

received a lukewarm response and was publicly lambasted in the event’s

closing debate: ’Seeking always to be honest in corporate communications

is nothing but pious rubbish’.



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