NEWS: Cable firm United Artists hires Bond

Bristol-based cable TV company United Artists Communications has appointed Simon Bond as its new director of public affairs chief, replacing Allan Robertson, who quit in September.

Bristol-based cable TV company United Artists Communications has

appointed Simon Bond as its new director of public affairs chief,

replacing Allan Robertson, who quit in September.



Bond will take up the post next week after spending three years with

rival cable firm Nynex, where he was head of corporate public relations.



At UAC he will head an in-house public relations team of 20, with

overall responsibility for press relations, sponsorship initiatives,

community links and lobbying work with local authorities.



Last month the company expanded its franchise area to become the largest

geographical operator by merging the Avon and Cotswolds regions to

include Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Cheltenham - a potential 500,000

cable users.



Owned by Telewest, UAC is likely to face a stream of bad publicity over

the coming months as it expands its network by digging streets to lay

new cable lines. It is also facing increasing competition from BT which

has launched an aggressive push into the multi-media market.



‘The work will be very people-oriented and more hands-on.’ said Bond.

‘It’s a chance to get in touch with customers and have a hand in a range

of different activities for a company which has really grown over the

last few months.’



Bond replaces Allan Robertson, who quit UAC two months ago to become

director of public affairs for ITV franchise holder Meridian (PR Week 8

September).



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