Al Jazeera English loses comms job

Al Jazeera English has scrapped its lead European in-house comms role in favour of agency support.

The news channel’s European PR manager Katie Bergius left in March for a role as director at public sector firm Insights UK.

Rather than replacing her, the channel plans to use strategic comms agency Brown Lloyd James to handle comms work in both the UK and the US.

The agency had provided support prior to Bergius’ ­departure, but is now responsible for all PR and media relations work. According to Brown Lloyd James senior consultant Debbie Coleman, there are no plans ‘at this stage’ to replace Bergius.

The team at Brown Lloyd James reports to Al Jazeera English head of PR Charlotte Dent, who is based in Doha. Al Jazeera English’s Middle Eastern offices rely on in-house comms teams.

Al Jazeera English launched in November 2006 to media fanfare, with its roster of high-profile broad­casters such as Sir ­David Frost and Rageh Omaar.

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