Bell denies losing influence at BA

Sir Tim Bell this week denied reports that he had been ousted as lead PR adviser to British Airways on its current industrial dispute.

Sir Tim Bell this week denied reports that he had been ousted as

lead PR adviser to British Airways on its current industrial

dispute.



’Absolutely nothing has changed,’ Bell insisted on Wednesday, the day

after the airline’s AGM.



BA brought in financial PR firm Brunswick over the weekend to advise on

the dispute and handle media relations at its AGM. Brunswick has

appointed a team of six, headed by partners James Hogan and Simon

Walker, to advise BA. The airline continues to retain Lowe Bell.



’All we’re doing is bringing Brunswick in to give extra advice,’ said BA

communications director Kevin Murray.



British Airways has attracted negative publicity over its handling of

the industrial dispute, which hit the headlines last month just after

the launch of its new logo and livery. Cabin crew went on strike after

BA announced a package designed to save pounds 42 million from their

salaries.



Brunswick, which has advised BA on projects including the fifth terminal

campaign at Heathrow, is now playing an ’enhanced advisory role’, as one

insider put it.



Lowe Bell’s contract with BA is thought to be worth over pounds 200,000

in fees.



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