NTL on hunt for PA chief as Lowry goes to Ofcom

NTL, Britain’s largest cable group, is on the hunt for a top lobbyist after Roger Lowry’s departure to join Ofcom.

Lowry starts at Ofcom, the super-regulator headed by former NTL managing director and chief operating officer Stephen Carter, at the end of January as head of public and political relations.

Lowry has been NTL director of public affairs for two-and-a-half years, during which time he worked on issues such as the Communications Bill – the legislation that created Ofcom.

Lowry said NTL, which emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year, had ‘really bounced back’ and was ‘leading from the front in moving forward the Government’s Broadband Britain agenda’.

Lowry said he had worked on ‘liaison with government departments’ over the financial restructuring and also speechwriting work.

NTL has used LLM Communications on ‘strategic work’ for two years, and Lowry said he anticipated no change to this relationship.

One issue on which NTL is currently lobbying is the Traffic Management Bill, which was being debated in the Commons this week. Lowry said NTL was pushing specifically on the streetworks element, to ensure the Government recognised that it strove to minimise disruption during the roadworks needed to ‘build Broadband Britain’.

Lowry, who has worked for the Liberal Democrats and Burson-Marsteller, will lead a team of four at Ofcom.

Ofcom last month hired former Cable & Wireless vice-president for public policy Daniella Goldman as head of industry relations.

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