Cable and Wireless dissolves UK PR division

Telecoms company Cable and Wireless Communications has broken up its PR division following completion of the sale of part of its business to rival NTL.

Telecoms company Cable and Wireless Communications has broken up

its PR division following completion of the sale of part of its business

to rival NTL.



C&WC, the UK arm of C&W plc, has sold its consumer interests to NTL and

folded its business-to-business elements into the newly-named C&W

Global, now a subsidiary of the plc and focused on internet and data

services.



The firm’s seven-strong PR team has dispersed in the wake of the sale to

NTL.



Corporate communications head Roy Payne who has worked with C&WC since

1997, this week started at Fleishman-Hillard heading a pan-European

telecoms, IT and media industries practice.



Jacqueline Aldridge, formerly head of C&WC’s consumer PR, has joined NTL

in the same role. Martin Graham-Scott, who ran broadcast PR for C&WC is

starting next month at UPC Media as business development director.



Caroline Kepple-Palmer who headed public affairs and investor relations

at C&WC is also understood to have left.



The sole remaining PR staff are Felicity Bull and Bob Thomas. Bull now

heads worldwide PR for C&WG, while Thomas continues to handle

Europe-wide agency relations and in-house staff. Bull is understood to

be reviewing C&WG’s global PR needs.



UK agency relationships with Brunswick and Jackie Cooper PR have come to

an end, although Brunswick continues to work for the plc.



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