Robinson leaves Ludgate for MGN Ireland
Ludgate Communications director Simon Robinson is leaving the agency to
become managing director of Mirror Group Newspapers Ireland. Robinson,
who helped found the agency in 1991, will also be MD of Belfast-based
Century Newspapers, which is 90 per cent owned by MGN Ireland.
Two PR chiefs for Turner Broadcasting
Turner Broadcasting System has named Claudia Coles as director of PR for
its Turner Entertainment Group and Nigel Pritchard as PR director of CNN
International. Coles was formerly PR manager of TEG while Pritchard
worked for the BBC as a bi-media press and publicity officer.
Red Rooster keeps Red or Dead account
Red Rooster PR is to continue to work for ex-Facia brand Red or Dead
following its purchase by the Pentland Group. However, other agencies
retained by the collapsed retail giant: Ogilvy Adams and Rinehart (Sock
Shop and Oakland) First Financial (Facia corporate), and Barclay
Stratton (Salisbury, Mayfair Trunks and Torq) have ceased working on the
Murgatroyd quits FD for rival Finsbury
Financial Dynamics account director James Murgatroyd is leaving after
four years for rival Finsbury. He joins next month as one of three
directors alongside former Financial Times journalist Roland Rudd and
Rupert Younger. Finsbury’s client list includes Kingfisher, Williams
Holdings, Jefferson Smurfit and Merrill Lynch.
Atkinson to continue working for Diana
Jane Atkinson has denied press reports that she plans to resign as press
secretary to the Princess of Wales. Atkinson dismissed the claims by the
Sunday Express as media gossip. ‘It is a demanding job,’ said Atkinson,
‘but I get on well with the client.’
Illness forces Caves’ retirement
Ann Caves, Greater Manchester Police’s deputy force information officer,
has retired on medical grounds, after being on sick leave for almost a
year. Caves, who joined the force seven years ago as press office chief,
was sidelined in 1993 after criticism of her department led to the
appointment of a more senior force information officer, Richard Flynn.
Flynn left last month to become communications manager of the NHS
Executive in the West Midlands.
Stonborough plans conference attack
TV journalist turned PR adviser John Stonborough plans to launch a
fierce attack on investigative TV journalism at next week’s Hard
Commercial Edge of PR conference. He will argue that spurious ‘public
interest’ justifications are regularly invoked to run roughshod over
guidelines on impartiality, and that unwary businesses are often the
target. The conference takes place on 8 July in Westminster. Last minute
bookings are available from Gillian Tyler on 0171 413 4116.
Fanthorpe joins Westminster Strategy
David Fanthorpe has joined Westminster Strategy as an associate director
after five years with Charles Barker. He was previously deputy director
of the Conservative Research Department.
The IBM account is handled by A Plus, not Text 100 as reported in last
week’s Hi-tech PR feature (PR Week, 28 June).