Google appoints Newsnight editor as comms chief

Google has appointed BBC Newsnight editor Peter Barron as head of communications and public affairs for the UK, Ireland and Benelux regions.

Barron: leaving the BBC
Barron: leaving the BBC

The BBC man jreplace DJ Collins who recently vacated the role to become Google’s European comms director.

Collins replaced Rachel Whetstone who in turn became Google's V-P of global communications and public affairs.

Whetstone, partner of Conservative Party strategy guru Steve Hilton, will be based at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters - initially on a fixed-term six-month posting.

Barron is expected to start in September and will report to Collins.

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