Hanover, headed by MD Charles Lewington, was hired to run a UK press office two months ago (20 September 2007).
All media enquiries are now going through the family’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, a former BBC journalist.
Mitchell was temporarily appointed spokesman to the McCanns by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in May (PRWeek, 24 May 2007). Sheree Dodd and Justine McGuiness have also worked temporarily in the position.
Mitchell later quit his government position to lead the McCanns’ comms on a permanent basis.
Mitchell said: ‘Without the support of Hanover we simply would not have been able to cope with the level of international press interest.’