The Isle of Man Government is considering appointing its first
dedicated PRO to help manage its reputation as an offshore tax
Details of the role and responsibilities are still under discussion but,
if approved, the postholder is expected to deal with journalists’
inquiries and direct them to appropriate officials or politicians.
The Isle of Man already employs a tourism PRO, but the post is geared to
attracting visitors rather than dealing with investment and political
The island’s Council of Ministers - the Manx Cabinet - has set up a
sub-committee investigating the pros and cons of having a dedicated PRO
for government issues.
Parliamentary members, local journalists and PR chiefs have been asked
for their views and the sub-committee is due to deliver its findings at
the end of September. The council will make a final decision in
Tim Craine, senior officer for the council, said: ’The island’s
international profile is increasing and this has resulted in an
increased media attention.’
The Isle of Man is an internally self-governing Dependent Territory
within the British Isles, and is not part of the UK. Its 1,000-year-old
parliament makes its own laws.