Sir Tim Bell’s PR firm Lowe Bell Communications has ended its
relationship with the BBC after ten years.
The firm’s contract - worth around pounds 125,000 - ended last month and
has not been renewed at the request of Sir Tim himself.
It is thought that the decision was prompted by increasing evidence of a
conflict of interest between the BBC and another Lowe Bell client BSkyB.
The issue thought to be at the heart of Bell’s decision to resign the
acount is that of digital broadcasting.
The BBC and terrestrial broadcasters are lagging behind the satellite
companies in the race to develop digital technology and there is hot
debate about whether the technology should be developed collaboratively,
or independently and then subcontracted.
The BBC also wants all new cable and satellite delivery systems in
future to be obliged to carry public service channels such as its own.
Bob Dulson, the BBC’s head of corporate PR said: ‘We’re sad to see them
go, they have been valuable advisers on a range of corporate issues. We
are considering our position but it is unlikely they will be replaced