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 beeb.net and
shopping portal beeb.com.
'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.