Manchester City Council has poached local government specialist
Janine Watson from the Manchester Evening News as its head of press.
Watson oversees a team of four press officers and reports directly to
chief executive Howard Bernstein. Previous incumbent Jane Price, who
reported to special projects and marketing manager Penny Boothman, left
the council in April to head PR at Manchester 2002, the organiser of the
Commonwealth Games. Jacqueline Meenan had filled the role as acting head
of press in the interim and now returns to her role as press officer.