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Forestry Commission appoints Grayling... Restructuring at the Central Office of Information...

George Osborne: immediate comms cuts
George Osborne: immediate comms cuts

Alex Aiken, director of communications at Westminster City Council, writes that council publications should not be blamed for the demise of local newspapers in his column this week. For the full column, go to

Buckinghamshire New University has hired journalist Dean Valler as a communications officer. Valler has previously worked for national titles including The Sun, The Times and Daily Star Sunday. His role will include raising the profile of the university.

The Forestry Commission has appointed Grayling's Southampton office to handle comms for the New Forest District. The Forestry Commission selected the consultancy, previously known as Trimedia, after a six-way competitive pitch.

The Central Office of Information (COI) is being restructured around six client themes. A briefing from the COI suggests that the reason is planned cuts in public spending. The move will see the COI make 12 new appointments - six group directors and six group strategy directors. They will offer the COI's clients a constant point of access to all COI services.

Shadow chancellor George Osborne has identified 'advertising and consultants' as one of the first areas that will be cut by the Tories, should they win the general election.

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