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A bad few months for Lord Hollick, the boss of the South Bank Cente (SBC). Problems started earlier this year with a spat triggered by accusations Hollick wanted to increase rent for the site of Marks Barfield's London Eye by some astronomical rate. This led to Ken Livingstone calling the SBC chairman a 'prat'.

Now rumours abound that Allies and Morrison's overhaul of the Royal Festival Hall has hit a series of problems, including asbestos, that have set the project back six months. The national papers are bringing Hollick's name into this fresh controversy. Considering Tony Blair appointed Hollick because he was media-savvy, it all seems odd that it is going so wrong.

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