RJH memo leak sparks PRCA hunt for mole

The PRCA has launched a mole hunt to find which of its board

member's actions led to an internal memo from director-general Chris

McDowall being leaked to the press.

Chairman Tom Watson will ask his board to declare next week that they

were not the source of a leak to the Mail on Sunday which saw McDowall's

personal memo - on the chances of RJH PR joining the body - enter the

public domain.

RJH chief executive Jack Cassidy denied reports his agency had been

refused membership, attacking the body for appearing to claim his firm

had been blackballed.

The Mail quoted a memo from McDowall to his 21 management board members:

'I was asked to consider whether we would like Sophie Wessex to become a

member. I said no... in my view it would give the wrong message since we

represent best practice.'

RJH took this to mean that someone at the agency had asked McDowall to

consider the firm for membership. In an angry response, Cassidy said no

request had been made and that he was 'flabbergasted' at the suggestion

his agency had been rejected.

PRCA chairman Tom Watson said: 'I will be asking my board next week if

any member distributed it more widely than to other members of the


If a person fails to admit it and is subsequently found to have done so,

I will take a dim view of it.'

'Leaking private correspondence is a very smelly business indeed,'

McDowall added.

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