SYDNEY: A director of Turnbull Porter Novelli (TPN) in Australia has quit after he was exposed as the author of letters to the media criticising one of his client's commercial rivals.
TPN chairman Noel Turnbull admitted that Ken Davis wrote letters condemning the Australian government for awarding a hotly-contested licence for an FM stereo station in Sydney to the UK-based Daily Mail and General Trust group.
At the time, Davis was running the account of Austereo - a firm which owns a chain of radio stations, and was also bidding for the FM licence.
The letters were sent to politicians and papers over a two-year period stating that the Daily Mail group was guilty of taking scarce resources from radio stations.
The Government launched an inquiry into the state of Australian rural radio.
Turnbull apologised for Davis' actions but said they were in no way authorised by the company or clients and involved third parties outside the agency.
The Daily Mail group is set to take legal action over the affair.
Edited by Holly Williams.