News in brief

A brief look at some of this weeks leading PR news stories.

The BBC has moved head of brand and planning Helen Kellie to the new role of head of marketing, communications and audiences for BBC Vision. She effectively replaces former head of TV publicity Vanda Rumney, who has been handed a new part-time role called head of change.

‘Magic circle' law firm Allen & Overy has appointed General Motors' European manager of business affairs David Crundwell as its first global head of comms.

Bolton Wanderers FC manager Sam Allardyce has drafted in Max Clifford to advise on media handling following the BBC's Panorama investigation into ‘bung' allegations, aired last month.

Downing Street director of government relations Ruth Turner was last week questioned by police over the cash for peerages inquiry. Downing Street this week confirmed that she remains in Havas, owner of the Euro RSCG brand and Maitland, suffered a £12.8m drop in operating income to £37.7m in the first half of 2006. The figures, affected by its advertising and direct marketing interests, sent shares tumbling last week.

Clogau Gold, the Welsh firm that produced Princess Diana's wedding ring, has appointed Paul Ridley Ltd as its first Adventis, the AIM-listed group that owns property and financial PR agencies, posted a 52 per cent profit hike to £799,000 in its first-half results. It has earmarked £2m to acquire more agencies.

Mastercard Europe head of comms Paul Vandermoere joined from Lufthansa, not from the Association of European Airlines as reported (29 Sep). He had been secon­ded to the AEA but had returned to Lufthansa briefly before joining Mastercard. AEA general manager, comms, is now Francoise Humbert.

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