BSkyB recruits PR head from Open

BSkyB has recruited a corporate communications head to replace Tim Allan from its affiliate company, the interactive TV operator Open.

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

Smith.



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.



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