Ex-Radio 1 Ravenscroft joins THC

Media and entertainment PR firm Taylor Herring Communications has

recruited BBC Radio 1's former head of press Polly Ravenscroft.

Ravenscroft will join the two-month-old agency in the role of senior

account director.

She joins after taking maternity leave and then voluntary redundancy

from her position as head of press and publicity at BBC Production, a

role which disappeared following a reorganisation under director-general

Greg Dyke in the summer of 2000.

THC joint MD James Herring said she would be working on accounts

relating to TV and celebrities such as the Channel 4/Endemol

Entertainment contract to promote the show Bar Wars and work for

Talkback Productions.

'She is regarded highly by senior editors and was at the top of the list

for this position. I think she will fit in as it is a complete match

with her skill set,' he said of her appointment.

Ravenscroft said: 'It is exciting to work for an agency focusing solely

on entertainment.'

Her most recent role involved running a five-strong team on strategic

programme PR and talent-related PR. This involved, for example,

supporting the corporation's activity at the Montreaux TV Festival and

handling crisis PR.

Previously at Radio 1, in 1994 she handled the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show


The appointment takes the agency to eight staff. Ravenscroft will sit

between the two joint MDs - Herring and Cath Taylor - and the agency's

three account managers.

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