Diary: Dando murder pushes PR director into spotlight

The murder of BBC presenter Jill Dando has made life very public for one PR agency director.

The murder of BBC presenter Jill Dando has made life very public

for one PR agency director.



The home of Millbank PR director Sue Youngman has been featured

repeatedly on national TV and in the press. She lives on Gowan Avenue,

West London, opposite the home of the late presenter. A police cordon

ran just metres from her door and the railings outside her home have

been covered in flowers, as the police designated it the place for

mourners to express their affection and sorrow.



Since the murder, Youngman has been inundated with calls from

journalists on national daily papers who know her from when she handled

PR for the Wimbledon Championships when working for the All England Lawn

Tennis Club.



’I went to put the rubbish out and three journalists who recognised me

called out my name,’ she says. Hacks who contacted her included Times

reporter Mike Harvey and the Daily Express’ Mike Streeter. She has even

been interviewed on camera by a BBC Breakfast TV crew.



’My brother in law in Melbourne, Australia, saw it and nearly choked on

his cornflakes,’ she adds.



Youngman informs me that the street is a lot quieter now the cordon has

been lifted, leaving just mourners and fans to pay their respects away

from the press spotlight.



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