BBC News media and PR controller Michele Grant has appointed three
communications heads and is looking to appoint a roster of PR and public
Neil Martinson has been appointed media relations head at BBC News, the
division which produces and commissions news and current affairs
programmes across BBC television, radio and online services.
Martinson joins from Millennium Dome operating company the New
Millennium Experience Company, where he was London PR manager.
Alison Jackson, currently a senior publicist at BBC News, has been made
head of publicity. Jackson worked under Lolly Walters, former head of
press and publicity across radio and TV at BBC News, who has left the
corporation to work as a freelance consultant.
Mary Wimbury has been made head of public relations, and joins from BBC
Corporate Affairs, where she was public affairs manager reporting to
public affairs head Michael Hastings.
Martinson, Jackson and Wimbury report to Grant, who was appointed this
spring to oversee a 35-strong department at the Television Centre. Their
posts were created in a reorganisation initiated by Grant.
Grant is looking to roster an unspecified number of PR and public
affairs agencies, and is also said to be seeking firms with specialist
expertise in areas such as new media and youth PR. Grant will begin
shortlisting agencies in the autumn.
The communications reorganisation at BBC News began when the marketing
functions handled by Grant’s predecessor, marketing and communication
controller Richard Peel, were hived off to head of strategy Richard
Grant’s remit includes media relations, programme publicity and public