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