[IWAR] UK Royal image makers

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Date: Tue Apr 21 1998 - 09:46:20 PDT

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    Buckingham Palace seeks royal image-maker
          Copyright  1998 Nando.net
          Copyright  1998 Scripps Howard
       LONDON (April 21, 1998 09:13 a.m. EDT http://www.nando.net) --
       Buckingham Palace is asking Britain's biggest companies to supply a
       public relations supremo to help overhaul the palace's out-of-touch
       A head-hunter has written to the chairmen of 100 leading companies to
       ask if they will provide a senior communications expert to the palace
       for at least three years.
       The new communications director would have direct access to the Queen,
       with a brief to advise her on presentation and dealing with the media.
       Tyzack & Partners, selected from five companies to recruit a suitable
       royal spin doctor, had to make presentations to the palace on how they
       would find the right person to revive the monarchy's flagging public
       Managing director Nick Watkins said: "The palace felt there could be a
       top-class communications director in a top company who had dealt with
       important issues and advised on strategy."
       A former senior royal aide said that the skills involved in handling
       press relations for a huge company such as Glaxo, ICI or British Telecom
       were not dissimilar to those required by the royal "firm."
       Although a palace spokesman denied that the appointment was triggered by
       deficiencies exposed in the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of
       Wales, he did admit that the palace wanted to recruit from "broader
       life" and "to get away from the idea that we are all stuffed with
       retired colonels."
       Many captains of industry have already politely rejected the approach,
       Whitbread, the brewing and leisure group, said it had told Tyzack it
       could not spare one of its three-strong public relations team for so
       long, while BG, the gas supply company, also said it had no one
       However, NatWest.said it would consider Tyzack's request, and the
       chairman of a leading leisure group has already set up a meeting with
       the head-hunters.
       Candidates for the post will be interviewed by a four-member panel, and
       the Queen will interview and sanction her would-be image-maker.
       By LISA BUCKINGHAM and JULIA FINCH, The Guardian

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