News International’s newly-appointed corporate affairs director
Alison Clark has announced that she plans to expand the organisation’s
Incumbent director Jane Reed last week indicated her intention to step
down at the end of March. News International confirmed this week that
her successor would be Clark - who is currently external affairs
’We will be taking on more people and making changes, but I have not
done a full analysis of the department so I can’t say exactly what those
changes will be,’ Clark told PR Week.
Reporting to News International’s executive chairman Les Hinton, Clark
assumes the corporate affairs role when Reed, who received a CBE in the
new year’s honour’s list, stands down.
Before joining News International in 1993, Clark worked as a public
affairs consultant at Rowland Sallingbury Casey.
Clark was appointed director of external affairs last summer, reporting
to Reed and with direct responsibility for regulatory issues and
governmental relations. From March her brief will expand to include
media relations and community affairs.
She will lead a team of eight, overseeing communications for the Rupert
Murdoch-owned News Corporation’s UK subsidiary. However, her remit does
not cover Sky, which has its own corporate affairs team.
News International does not retain a single PR consultancy, but its
constituent parts, such as the Times, the Sunday Times, the Sun and the
News of the World, and other publishing interests, use PR agencies on a
project basis for specific campaigns or products.
As PR Week went to press, no successor had been appointed to take over
Clark’s external affairs role.