Wooding denied big Max debate by boss

The absence of Blanc & Otus staffer Paul Wooding from PRWeek's Ethics Debate last week caused much chatter amid rumours he had been banned from the event.

It was Wooding's letter to this magazine that prompted Max Clifford to challenge the industry to the debate (PRWeek, 10 Feb 2006).

Diary can now end the rumour mill's grind: Wooding was indeed banned from attending - by his boss, Blanc & Otus MD Simon Glazer.

'I think a senior account director up against Max would have been a little one-sided, so I was protecting him,' Glazer tells us. 'Max is a skilled orator. Our work and his are from different ends of the PR spectrum.'

As we reported last week, Wooding was disappointed he couldn't attend, but enjoyed his evening watching a horse-loving Daniel Radcliffe in Equus.

Presumably, then, when Wooding asked if he could attend the Ethics Debate, Glazer's response was a simple 'neigh'?

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