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