Lord Brett wrote:
Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
Ford have pulled their advertising from News International. Others are considering their position.
They may expect Wade's head to get them back - and, of course, some healthy discounts, so their motives might not be 100% pure.
Alas, no. A statement from Ford on BBC News 24 makes it clear that they are pulling advertising on NOTW, not the entire News International group.
Pathetic, Ford - not even close to good enough.
It is probably a practical and contractual impossibility for them to pull. They will have a deal right across NI, News Group, News International (Scotland) Ltd et al
and which ties in to Sky annorll. I am nigh on certain that they will not have a "no-scandal" clause written in to the contract. Yet.
I would imagine that the commercial department at NI are working on damage limitation as we speak and helping them to shift money sideways so as to keep the relationship mutually cosy, placate the Twitterati and keep selling vehicles to punters whose standards are such that they are prepared to actually buy, or worse, have the screws delivered in the first place.
I doubt too that Ford will be able to demand Wade's head on a silver platter. When Rupe is attacked, he is forced to show the intense loyalty that he demands from others and will back "the family" - at least in public. Remember, this cunt has governments in his pocket so it unlikely to yield to a near-bankrupt auto maker.
Step forward Nero Coulson. And keep an eye on which way his thumb is edging towards. (And look at who is pulling the strings.)