What The Papers Say: Sotheby’s stitched up by the Italian job

It took the might of the American chief executive and the British managing director to shore up the Sotheby’s defence against the attack of their Channel 4 nemesis Peter Watson. Channel 4’s Dispatches on 6 February, set the agenda for the auctioneers and while Diana Brooks and George Bailey forcefully protested that the programme content was ’blatant entrapment’, the item sent tremors throughout the European art world.

It took the might of the American chief executive and the British

managing director to shore up the Sotheby’s defence against the attack

of their Channel 4 nemesis Peter Watson. Channel 4’s Dispatches on 6

February, set the agenda for the auctioneers and while Diana Brooks and

George Bailey forcefully protested that the programme content was

’blatant entrapment’, the item sent tremors throughout the European art

world.



The Times on 8 February cautioned Sotheby’s against ’silence and

secrecy’ but postulated that Brookes and Bailey were risking ’shooting

the messenger’ rather than restoring public faith in the company’s

integrity. In contrast to the Telegraph and a number of the broadcast

media, the Times seemed determined to pillory Bailey.



Rival Christie’s, although offered the same ’honey-trap’ in Rome,

refused to play ball with Victoria Parnell, the Australian wired for

sound and vision by Watson, and consequently escaped being tarred with

Sotheby’s brush.



Evaluation and analysis by Carma International.



Cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers

Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma.



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