Berner said she was "delighted" to get the board back: "I totally expected him to do it." She reciprocated with a bottle of Champagne and a rhyming poem, though neither could remember its content beyond "Roses are red, violets are blue." As for reports Berner had gone after Wackermann in her raid on Condé Nast execs, she called it a rumor. "I didn't have anything that was right for him," she said. — Irin Carmon
SLOWGOING AT EMAP: It's looking increasingly unlikely that Emap, the London-based media group and parent of WGSN, Grazia, FHM and Retail Week, will have new owners by the end of the year. The company said in a first-half results statement Tuesday that it's been seeing "good interest from both private equity and trade buyers for all parts of the group." Emap said in July that it was launching a strategic review of the group. However, Alun Cathcart, executive chairman of the company, added Tuesday, "We hoped to complete [the review of the group] by the end of the year. If it takes a little longer than that to ensure that we get it all right and achieve good prices — so be it."