BSkyB has recruited a corporate communications head to replace Tim
Allan from its affiliate company, the interactive TV operator Open.
Julian Eccles, 42, will now be the top communications professional
within BSkyB, running a team of five that will deal with all press
liaison aside from programme publicity. He will report directly to
BSkyB’s chief executive, Tony Ball.
Eccles joined Open as corporate communications director in December
1998, after a spell as special adviser to the Culture Secretary Chris
Between 1993 and 1997 he was a consultant at Hill and Knowlton.
BSkyB has been looking to fill the new post since Allan, another former
Labour party apparatchik, announced he was to take a year off to do an
MBA. He leaves this week.
Eccles is credited with having overseen the successful launch of the
interactive company last October, and of developing a profile for the
organisation within media, government and City circles.
Among the issues Eccles will deal with in his new job is the possibility
of a digital licence fee being introduced - something Sky opposes.