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  • January 29, 2010 03:39 AM UTC by Liz Claman

    The "Mad Men" original in Davos: WPP's Sir Martin on Whether Banks Can Gussy Up Their Image

    Or is it too late?  Advertising icon Sir Martin Sorrell was as colorful as his rainbow-hued scarf he was wearing when he arrived at our live shot location this morning.  The advertising and marketing genius whose conglomerate includes Ogilvy & Mather, Young and Rubicam and Grey Advertising immediately took aim at bankers, musing whether it’s “too late” for them to suddenly show they’ve found religion.  The key to cooling down the heated anger about bank bonuses, he says, lies in making an obvious attempt to spend profits on being good corporate citizens.

    As he was leaving, he also told me the best thing banks could do is suspend bonuses for at least one year, and return the money to shareholders in the form of a new or higher dividend, the thinking being that many employees of those banks hold the company stock in their portfolios anyway.

    I couldn’t resist asking him about the push by media companies, including our parent company News Corp, to force people to pay for content.  He said the biggest mistake was giving it away for free in the first place but that if your product is of the highest quality, then readers should absolutely be forced to pay for  it.

    But can you really ‘put the genie back in the bottle’ I ask?

    His answer on Fox Business at 2pET.

    Sun’s out in Switzerland, we’re gearing up for Bill Gates in a few hours. Hope you can hang with us!


    CHILD NAMED ADOLF HITLER ‘TAKEN AWAY FROM PARENTS’ go to web site easton express times

    Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India) January 14, 2009 Report from Asian News International brought to you by HT Syndication.

    New York, Jan. 14 — (ANI): A young boy named Adolf Hitler, who grabbed attention when a local supermarket refused to make a birthday cake with his name on it, has reportedly been removed from his parents’ home by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.

    Holland Township police chief David Van Gilson told that Adolf and his two sisters – one-year-old JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and 8-month-old Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell – were taken away from his parents by the authorities. see here easton express times

    It is unclear why the kids were removed from their parent’s home. Gilson said his department did not receive any reports of abuse or negligence.

    In December, the boy’s parents, Heath Campbell and Deborah, were outraged when a local ShopRite refused to provide them with cake for Adolf’s birthday.

    “They’re just names, you know. Yeah, they (the Nazis) were bad people back then. But my kids are little. They’re not going to grow up like that,” the New York Daily News quoted Heath, as telling the Easton Express-Times in December.

    However, Heath reportedly denies the Holocaust and their home is decorated with swastikas.

    Heath and Deborah Campbell, the children’s parents, were scheduled to appear for an undisclosed hearing, but it was postponed, according to the web site. (ANI) Published by HT Syndication with permission from Asian News International.


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  • Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Her debut included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett.

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