British Sky Broadcasting has handed its public affairs, corporate
and financial PR accounts to a start-up consultancy headed by former
BSkyB communications chief Tim Allan.
Allan's firm, which will unveil its name at an official launch next
month, replaces incumbent Bell Pottinger after ten years handling the
Chime Communications chairman Lord Bell and Bell Pottinger will continue
to be retained as high-end strategic corporate advisers to BSkyB chief
executive Tony Ball and director of communications and corporate affairs
Allan - a former BSkyB comms chief and deputy press secretary to
Alastair Campbell from 1994 to 1998 - will take over the accounts early
May following Sky's next set of financial results.
Reporting to Ball and Eccles, Allan will work on a remit to cover
financial results and other corporate communications activity as well as
advise on the forthcoming Communications Bill.
Allan has recruited a team of five ahead of his agency's launch, to
handle the BSkyB work and confirmed he will be pitching for business and
recruiting further, in particular for senior partners, once the
consultancy is up and running.
'The aim of the agency will be to provide integrated communications
advice to clients, offering a bespoke high quality service to senior
execs both in the corporate, financial and public affairs sphere,' said
He is currently acting as BSkyB strategic planning manager - a role he
took on following his graduation with an MBA from INSEAD last December.