The BBC is to lose Radio 1 and BBC Choice publicity head Paul
Simpson, as he takes up the top communications role at the Government's
new Children and Young People's Unit.
Working across government departments, the body will co-ordinate policy
towards young people and seeks to increase their involvement in
The unit supports minister for young people John Denham and is led by
director Althea Efunshile.
Simpson joined the BBC four years ago to promote Radio 1, and assumed
the mantle of BBC Choice publicity manager in April this year as part of
a new youth-oriented team (PRWeek, 20 April).
He previously worked in Westminster as a press officer for the Liberal
Democrats, having assisted the party's former leadership contender Simon
The BBC is hoping to fill the publicity manager post in the coming
weeks, ahead of Simpson's departure for Whitehall towards the end of