Diary: The first lunch that could well have turned out to be the last supper

He might be the top communication man at the UK’s second largest telecoms firm, but Roy Payne (see profile) has been known to slip up on the information control front.

He might be the top communication man at the UK’s second largest

telecoms firm, but Roy Payne (see profile) has been known to slip up on

the information control front.



News reaches PR Week’s Diary of an unfortunate incident two weeks ago,

just after Payne was appointed by the about-to-depart marketing director

Ruth Blakemore. Clearly excited about his new job, Payne let slip

details of his move over lunch to a Daily Telegraph journo. Said hack,

despite being sworn to secrecy, obviously couldn’t resist the bottle of

champagne handed out to Diary contributors, and wrote of Payne’s

appointment in the following morning’s City Diary. Cue much horror in

the press office at Cable and Wireless who hadn’t intended to release

details of Payne’s arrival until the following week. A hastily written

press release was sent out and Payne, realising the need to keep the

press office on his side, took acting head of communications Martin

Reddington out for a slap-up breakfast to apologise.



Everything would have ended up fine at C&W if the press office hadn’t

had to deal with the unexpected departure of Blakemore just a week

later.



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