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Robinson leaves Ludgate for MGN Ireland

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

accounts.



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.



IBM clarification



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).



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