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John Tylee

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Born
18 November 1945, London

 

Career history
1963-1965 Junior reporter, Enfield Gazette.
1965-1973 Evening Echo, Hemel Hempstead (general reporter, education correspondent, assistant news editor)
1973-1983 Thomson Regional Newspapers, chief assistant to the London Desk.
1983-1985: Senior information officer, Post Office
1985 – present Campaign

 

Favourite ad
Health Education Council poster “This is what happens when a fly lands on your food” by Cramer Saatchi. The most succinct and effective piece of copywriting I’ve ever seen.

 

Favourite book
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy by John Le Carre.
No other writer combines such thrilling plots with such utterly believable and well-rounded – and often tragically flawed - characters. Dan Brown eat your heart out.

 

Favourite album
September Of My Years, Frank Sinatra.
The greatest popular singer of all time at the height of his powers. A selection of beautiful, wistful songs that reflect on bygone youth without mawkishness. It strikes a chord.

 

Favourite TV programme
Talking Heads, the series of monologues written by Alan Bennett. All masterpieces of characterisation and observation.

 

Most humbling experience
The number of industry top bananas who showed up for the Groucho bash celebrating my 20 years at Campaign.

 

The lowdown
Campaign’s resident Grumpy Old Man and its last remaining link to the days of typewriters and Tippex, when a fax machine was as high-tech as it got and when WPP just made supermarket trolleys. Diehard tie-wearer. Hates achingly trendy wine bars. Loves Davidoff cigars and good brandy.

Latest articles from John Tylee

Adland bids its final farewell to David Abbott
10 December 2014
Adland yesterday bade its final farewell to David Abbott, one of the greatest creatives of his generation, at a packed memorial service that included some of his favourite literature and music as well as moving tributes from some of those closest to him.
Calls to Nabs' advice line jump 21 per cent
03 December 2014
Rising fears about the cost of living and the price of housing among people working in the ad industry is helping fuel the number of calls to the industry's charity advice line.
Media agency pioneer Ray Morgan dies, aged 82
27 November 2014
Ray Morgan, who has died aged 82, may have been credited with killing off the full-service agency. But he was a most unlikely assassin.
History of Advertising Trust calls for help with 70s project
24 November 2014
People who worked in advertising during the 70s or who have vivid memories of the industry during that decade, are being asked to help a project that wants to bring the history of that period to life.
Media pioneer Ray Morgan dies aged 82
21 November 2014
Ray Morgan, one of the most influential figures in the professionalisation of media planning and buying, has died aged 82.
Headhunter Jan MacGregor dies aged 71
12 November 2014
Jan MacGregor, one of adland's most respected headhunters during a career spanning almost three decades, has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
Sonos captures New York's beats and streets with giant 3D screen
01 October 2014
Sonos, the wireless hi-fi brand, is claiming a sound and vision first with a giant 3D screen allowing New Yorkers to explore the soundscape of their city.
Razorfish adds strategy director to London office
01 October 2014
Razorfish, the Publicis Groupe-owned digital agency, has hired James Buchanan to the newly-created role of strategy director.

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