SYDNEY: Geoffrey Crawford, the Queen's former press secretary, has been named director of corporate affairs at leading Australian TV network ABC.Crawford replaces Victoria Buchan, a reportedly close ally of Jonathan Shier, ABC's recently departed managing director.
Crawford, who spent more than 12 years at Buckingham Palace and nearly three years as media adviser to Diana, Princess of Wales, starts at ABC in two weeks' time, reporting to the deputy managing director.
His responsibilities will include overseeing corporate communications, marketing, media relations, audience and consumer affairs, corporate policy, and corporate planning and governance.
Crawford returned to his native Australia at the end of 2000, and most recently worked in Sydney as Edelman PR Worldwide's head of public affairs and corporate communications.
Edelman will not directly replace Crawford when he departs. His team will take over his client roster.
The former career diplomat joined the Palace in 1988 as assistant to the Queen on temporary release from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.
In 1993, he became press adviser to the Princess of Wales, but is reported to have resigned in 1996 after Diana failed to tell him in advance of the notorious BBC TV interview, in which she admitted to adultery.
Crawford is widely credited with having been instrumental in helping steer the Royal Family through the crisis after Diana's death in 1997.