Media House, the Scottish PR and public affairs agency, has been
appointed on pounds 100,000 fees to publicise Keep the Clause, the
campaign aimed at preventing the scrapping of Clause 28, which bans the
promotion of homosexuality in schools.
The work is an extension of the publicist role Media House plays for the
campaign’s main backer, Stagecoach millionaire Brian Souter. It also
coincides with the agency winning the PR account for the Scottish School
Board Association, which represents 2,400 of Scotland’s 3,000
The four-strong team appointed to work on the pounds 1million campaign,
will be headed by Media House chairman Jack Irvine and chief executive
David Macaulay. The team launched Keep the Clause at a press conference
in Edinburgh on 18 January and will remain involved for the next three
The work involves media relations and co-ordinating radio and TV
interviews, as well as ’presenting a united front’ of business leaders,
churchmen and community figures.
Clause 28 was inserted into the 1988 Local Government Act, but is being
scrapped by the government on the grounds that it is discriminatory and
prevents teachers from dealing with homosexual bullying in school. The
separation of education systems between Scotland and the rest of the UK
means that Scottish schools can opt to maintain the ban.
What the Papers Say, p6.