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Edinburgh Council's outburst at PCC, Bristol appoints communications director.

Peter Holt: moving to Bristol
Peter Holt: moving to Bristol

Edinburgh Council media manager Stewart Argo dubbed the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) 'pathetic' at the CIPR Local Public Services Annual Conference. Edinburgh challenged the Daily Mail over its coverage of a children's services story. Argo said: 'The PCC was useful in demonstrating that we were prepared to challenge coverage, but we were never going to change the Daily Mail's approach.'

The Guardian associate editor Michael White said at the awards in Edinburgh that MPs had handled comms around the expenses scandal 'appallingly'. 'You're not going to fight it by law,' said White. 'You haven't got a leg to stand on. It makes them look out of touch and foolish.'

Anchor Trust head of corporate comms Mario Ambrosi has stated that care providers will have to create greater brand awareness and trust among older people, as people take more responsibility for buying their own care: 'Organisations will have to work hard to improve the sector's reputation. That will call for tailored comms focused on individuals who often don't see themselves as old at all.' For the full column, go to

Bristol City Council has appointed Peter Holt as its new director of comms. He moves from being director of comms and marketing at Newcastle City Council. Holt is a former director of comms at the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

The Cabinet Office has appointed Michelle Dixon as interim director of comms. She replaces Jenny Grey, who has gone on maternity leave.Grey will return next April. Dixon joins from The King's Fund, where she was director of comms.

CORRECTION: Last week's edition of PRWeek stated that Caroline Wright is handling media enquiries for Sir Thomas Legg, the man charged with auditing MPs' expenses. This is not the same Caroline Wright who is currently on maternity leave from her post as director of comms at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, as we incorrectly stated.

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