Diary: ATOC PR director finds a like-minded rolling stock fan in ITN man

The diary can reveal an astonishing vice linking Association of Train Operating Companies communications director David Campbell-Bannerman and ITN royal correspondent Nicholas Owen - trainspotting.

The diary can reveal an astonishing vice linking Association of

Train Operating Companies communications director David

Campbell-Bannerman and ITN royal correspondent Nicholas Owen -

trainspotting.



The revelation came last week when, stepping over the empties at Planet

Hollywood after an Oscars party, 50 senior in-house PR people attended a

morning conference organised by the London Chamber of Commerce.



The early risers had come to hear presentations on how ITN and the BBC

were reviewing their broadcast news strategies. Attendees included

Diageo head of media relations Murray Loake, Dixons corporate affairs

director Lesley Smith and Department of Health senior information

officer Cathy Thompson.



Among the speakers were former ITN news editor Simon Bucks and Owen.



The latter had come to explain to delegates how news coverage had

changed following News at Ten’s demise.



Despite the select company and serious subject at hand,

Campbell-Bannerman and Owen were overheard talking trains. Thrilled to

discover a mutual interest, they were left to indulge themselves,

swapping notes on train times, numbers and platforms.



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