Arun Sudhaman

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Beleaguered News Corp Calls In Edelman For PR Counsel

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LONDON–News Corp has called in Edelman to help it deal with the debilitating crisis brought about by the phone-hacking scandal.

Edelman EMEA CEO Robert Phillips told the Holmes Report that the agency had been retained by News International’s management and standards committee, which has been set up to oversee its response to the unfolding crisis.

The committee is comprised of News International GM Will Lewis, corporate affairs director Simon Greenberg, and general counsel Jeff Palker. The trio report into Joel Klein, the News Corp lawyer that has been charged with clearing up the hacking allegations, the police criminal inquiry into phone hacking and the range of civil actions that beset the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Phillips told the Holmes Report that Edelman’s support was primarily “logistical”. “Edelman is working with the management and standards group of News Corp on general comms support and public affairs counsel,” he said.

Phillips declined to elaborate further. The News Corp crisis has continued unabated, despite the company’s  dramatic decision to shut down the News of the World tabloid last week. Earlier today, News Corp shelved its bid for full ownership of BSkyB.

News Corp deputy chairman Chase Carey said that the bid had become “too difficult to progress in this climate”.

News Corp’s decision came as MPs were about to debate a motion supported by all major parties – calling on Murdoch to scrap the bid. The motion was approved without a vote.


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July 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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Edelman names Robert Phillips as EMEA chief

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Edelman has promoted UK chief Robert Phillips to the role of EMEA CEO, as revealed by the Holmes Report earlier today.

The development concludes a lengthy search to fill the vacancy triggered by the departure of former EMEA CEO David Brain, who becomes Edelman Asia-Pacific CEO this month. Phillips’ ascension means that Edelman is now searching for a CEO of its UK operations, with deputy CEO Susan Eastoe taking over interim leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Analysis: Richard Edelman shuffles the deck on his “pirate ship”

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This story is posted to the Holmes Report website here

In an industry that often seems helplessly addicted to staff turnover, a pair of regional moves would not normally raise too many eyebrows. But Richard Edelman’s decision to shift Alan VanderMolen and David Brain into new roles stands out, if only because of the long tenures that each of these executives has brought to their positions.

The pair’s track records are a little like mirror images, characterized by wholesale expansion of under-performing networks. By the time he leaves London for New Zealand, Brain will have spent seven years in charge of Edelman’s presence in EMEA. VanderMolen, meanwhile, heads from Hong Kong to Chicago after a nine-year run as Asia-Pacific president. Inevitably, the interruption of this kind of stability will cause some upheaval; it also offers a useful moment to take stock of progress at the last of the big independents. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 11, 2010 at 7:22 am