Diary: Branson finds himself at centre of news story that’s not of his making

Virgin’s PR team in London was at the centre of international news last week. But this time it was not because Richard Branson had been up to his old PR tricks again.

Virgin’s PR team in London was at the centre of international news

last week. But this time it was not because Richard Branson had been up

to his old PR tricks again.



For the last two weeks the police have been checking the identity of and

escorting all 25 PR staff to and from the Virgin press offices.

Corporate Development, Virgin Entertainment and Virgin Group are all

housed just down the road from the Greek embassy which, as you know, has

been occupied by more than 80 Kurdish protestors, furious at the capture

of fugitive Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan. Virgin Group press

officer Paul Moore told PR Week that staff had been taking out cups of

tea and cans of Virgin Cola to hundreds of police and firemen

outside.



Moore added: ’We must be have been on the safest street in London given

the amount of police and fire brigade that have been camped here.’ He

added that Branson did not need an escort because his house neighbours

the Virgin press office in Holland Park.



’One of the highlights for the police officers was when Richard came to

the office although they had an extra plus the other day because Chris

Eubank had a meeting here,’ Moore added.



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