Diary: Ripples of Jackson trial felt in the UK

The ongoing Michael Jackson trial shone its lurid light on London firm Bell Yard Communications (BYC) last week, with the megastar's one-time PRO Ann Kite recalling a transatlantic pow-wow with agency co-founders Melanie Riley and Richard Elsen.

Elsen and Riley were handling PR around the eccentric star's UK suit against documentary maker Martin Bashir.

Kite had been talking to BYC on how best to handle UK PR around the Bashir case, which BYC says has since been put on hold 'until other issues are dealt with'.

Elsen is without regret and tells PRWeek that BYC was 'very pleased with what we did in the UK' and that he would continue to handle PR around Jackson's case against Bashir 'if (Jackson) feels he has the need'.

But Elsen points out that BYC does not have a role spinning Jackson's current ordeal as 'we don't do criminal cases'.

Given the hammering that Jackson's PROs must be taking, that's surely just as well for the former Labour press man.

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