Flack: Flack's week

BBC director of comms Ed Williams may not be starting his new role as Edelman CEO until October, but don't expect to see him around TV Centre any time soon.

Word has it that Williams was instructed to take gardening leave after news emerged that his future employer was representing News International over the phone hacking scandal. 'It was too much of a conflict of interest,' said Flack's source ...

Meanwhile, former Fleishman-Hillard lobbying boss Kevin Bell has been putting his own gardening leave to good use - by hosting a drinks reception on the terrace of his rather nice riverside flat. As we revealed online, the bash was to launch 'Conservatives in Communications'. A mole tells us that the new group's chairman Lord (Guy) Black used his speech to stress that it would be far bigger and better than the Lib Dems' equivalent offering. So much for those harmonious relations between the coalition partners ...

Flack was contacted this week by an amused Steve Falla, chair of the CIPR's Channel Islands group. While trawling through wealth management news website The Wealthnet, he spotted the headline: 'Spain's Duchess of Alba gives up fortune to marry PR man'. 'A no-brainer, I would have thought,' Falla mused. Flack was more curious as to why The Wealthnet is part of his everyday reading in the offshore haven - something you want to tell us, Steve ...?

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