BBC dissolves top PR job in internet division reshuffle

BBC Worldwide has scrapped its top internet and interactive PR post

following a divisional shake-up.

Former internet and interactive head of press and PR Matt Turmaine has

left the corporation to go freelance.

Turmaine's role has since been dropped, coinciding with a review of the

internet and interactive division, which has seen all units aside from

beeb Ventures realigned within different areas of BBC Worldwide, the

BBC's wider commercial arm.

Former internet and interactive press officer Andrew Widger has been

promoted to head of press and PR for beeb Ventures, taking on the bulk

of Turmaine's responsibilities.

He confirmed his initial priorities include a review of all

communications for beeb Venture - which comprises ISP and

shopping portal

'I'm looking at recruitment and communications strategies, working

closely with BBC Worldwide's press and PR department,' said Widger.

He added the division does not currently use external PR agencies, but

has been considering building a roster for some months. 'The idea is

that we would look at using agencies on a project basis, but I'm

reviewing that alongside future plans,' he said.

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