'Hi George, just checking you got my press release' - PR industry reacts to Osborne's Evening Standard appointment

The PR world has reacted with shock, intrigue and, of course, humour to the surprise appointment of George Osborne as editor of the London Evening Standard.

It was announced earlier today (17 March) that the former Chancellor would be the next editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, while remaining an MP. The news came as a surprise to most, leaving PR professionals with plenty to get off their chests.

It's fair to say the CIPR president isn't a fan of the move:

Burson-Marsteller's Andrew Clark pointed out that two jobs might be one too many:

Some big agency names reacted with pure disbelief:

...as did 'Chief Monkey' Angie Moxham:

Angie Moxham tweet

The Lib Dems highlighted a potential conflict of interest:

While the director of comms for NHS Providers thought the news could be a joke:

...and others blamed a (bad) dream:

However, there were those who thought the move could be a shrewd one:

Even the (Labour) Mayor of London gave it the thumbs up:

And there were those who wondered how the traditional hack/flack dynamic would pan out:

Finally, in an even bigger shock, the former leader of the opposition tweeted that he will soon be taking up a similar position in publishing:


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