Capital Radio has consolidated its PR, appointing Finsbury on a
public affairs brief to complement financial work the agency already
The agency replaces incumbent Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and reports
to Sally Oldham, director of strategy and development at Capital.
At Bell Pottinger PA the account had been handled on a day-to-day basis
by former deputy chairman Kevin Bell and senior consultant Nick
Both left the agency last month (PR Week, 7 July).
Neither the incumbent or client was willing to comment on the reason for
An undisclosed source told PR Week that the agency move surrounded
Capital’s submission to the Government’s forthcoming Communications
Oldham’s brief has recently extended to cover public affairs in
preparation for Capital’s submission to the Paper.
Following the departure of Bell and Williams, Oldham decided to appoint
Finsbury without a competitive pitch because it already had experience
working with Capital.
According to the source, she is believed to have been disappointed at
the preparation for the White Paper undertaken by Bell Pottinger PA.
At Finsbury, Capital’s PA account will be headed by Rory Chisholm, who
joined the agency three months ago (PR Week, 19 May) to head its
regulatory affairs practice.
The PA brief covers issues such as the White Paper and also involves
work on future acquisitions. Last month Capital added Beat 106 to its
stable of 19 commercial stations.