Bell Pottinger news hits front pages as PR professionals praise PRCA expulsion

Bell Pottinger's manic Monday got the PR industry discussing the PRCA's decision to throw out the agency - and also attracted the interest of the mainstream media, with two nationals running the story on their front pages.

The firm has been thrown out of the PRCA and seen its CEO resign over a campaign it ran in South Africa that helped to promote racial division in the country.

The story has been trending on Twitter, with 10,700 tweets on the subject.

Both the Financial Times and City AM splashed the story on its front cover, with the former carrying a weighty comment from PRCA director general Francis Ingham, suggesting that Bell Pottinger's work had "set back South Africa by possibly 10 years".

Ingham has spent much of this morning at the BBC undertaking a number of interviews, including on BBC Breakfast and on Radio 4's Today programme (listen to Ingham at one hour and 50 minutes here).

Bell Pottinger co-founder Lord Bell was interviewed on Newsnight last night, and told the programme he agreed that it was the "curtains" for the agency.

PR professionals welcomed the news of Bell Pottinger's expulsion on Twitter:

This morning the CIPR released a statement explaining why it had not made public comments on the case. It said it would never comment on cases where a complaint had been received, and said that three Bell Pottinger employees were members of the body, but that the company itself was not, and is therefore outside of its jurisdiction.

The body's president for 2018 said that the PRCA's decision was correct, in her "personal view".

Others in the industry focused on the unapologetic tone of Henderson's comments when he announced his resignation as CEO - he said he felt "deeply let down by colleagues who misled me" and added that he "neither initiated nor was involved in the Oakbay work". 

However, one former colleague of Henderson submitted a more sympathetic comment under the news of his resignation.


Read next: From the editor-in-chief - how can Bell Pottinger move on from its South African scandal?

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