Janet Street-Porter, the ebullient former head of Live TV, has emerged
as a surprise candidate for the top public affairs job at British
According to sources close to BA, Street-Porter is on a shortlist for
the position - thought to have a salary of pounds 150,000 and a seat on
the BA board - alongside acting head of public affairs Peter Jones.
BA’s chief executive Bob Ayling, who is masterminding the company’s PR
shake-up, has been using headhunters to find a suitable candidate to
head BA’s internal communications and PR departments, which merged in
He is known to have met with Princess Diana’s media adviser Jane
Atkinson last year to discuss the job but talks went no further.
Jones was made acting head in January but one insider said he had done a
tremendous job and was now the most likely candidate.
Although Street-Porter is not a PR specialist, she is thought to have
been recommended by headhunters because of her knowledge of the
PR Week was unable to contact Street-Porter before going to press and BA
declined to comment.