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Bell pulls out of IGA deal

Bell pulls out of IGA deal



Sir Tim Bell has pulled out of talks with Ian Greer Associates, aimed at

moving staff and clients from the collapsed lobby firm to his company,

Lowe Bell Communications. Industry sources suggest that Adele Biss, co-

founder of Biss Lancaster and past-chairman of the British Tourist

Authority, is now tipped as the front-runner to pull off a similar deal

with IGA. Meanwhile Burson-Marsteller and APCO have joined the body of

companies expressing interest in IGA Europe.



Law Society set to reveal communicator



The Law Society is set to announce this week the appointment of its

director of communications. The role combines the posts of director of

corporate and regional affairs and head of PR, previously held by Andrew

Lockley and Sue Stapely respectively. Both quit the society this year

following disagreements with former president Martin Mears.



Cohn & Wolfe switches to Young & Rubicam



Burson-Masteller-owned agency Cohn and Wolfe will switch its reporting

line from B-M to parent company Young and Rubicam from 1997. The

decision follows B-M’s metamorphosis away from a traditional PR agency

structure to a ‘perception management’ firm with management consultancy-

style global client practices.



PR staff fear job cuts at British Energy



Communications staff at British Energy, the newly-privatised nuclear

generator, are waiting to hear how they will be affected by plans to axe

1,300 jobs. ‘Clearly there will be an impact on corporate communications

but the precise scale will be worked through’ said Barry Culmer, PR head

at Nuclear Electric. There are five PR staff at British Energy, 14 at

Nuclear Electric and nine at Scottish Nuclear.



Microsoft hires Shandwick for interactive



Microsoft Corporation in the US has appointed Shandwick to run a PR

campaign for its interactive media division. Working initially in the

US, Shandwick will eventually assume an international role in promoting

Microsoft’s computer games, educational products and on-line

publications accessible via the Internet. Edelman, and Copithorne and

Bellows also pitched for the business.



TUFF picks Westminster to target MPs



The Telecommunications UK Fraud Forum (TUFF) and the Federation of

Communications Services have hired Westminster Strategy to support their

bid for legislation against phone fraud. The two telecoms associations

want one of the MPs placed highly in this month’s private members’ bill

ballot to take up their cause.



Qureshi leaves BBC to join the police



Warwickshire Constabulary has named Jamil Qureshi as its new head of PR.

He replaces Francesca Hanikova who left last month to join the Royal

Mail. Qureshi was previously press and PR manager for the BBC in

Nottingham where he was responsible for TV and radio in the East

Midlands.



New Competitive Edge to Business for free



PR Week has 20 free tickets for ‘The New Competitive Edge to Business’

conference on video and data conferencing. Organised by the Financial

Times,and sponsored by BT, the conference takes place at the London

Hilton onPark Lane on 21 October. The first 20 PR Week readers to call

the hotline will get tickets, worth pounds 150 each. The hotline number

is 0171 465 7040, and callers need to key in extension number #096 using

a touch tone phone.



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