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