Andy Coulson stepping down as communications director must have come as a blow for PM David Cameron, but Coulson’s not the first communications advisor to find himself sharing the limelight.
When Alastair Campbell held the post for former labour leader and PM Tony Blair, he also found himself with a fair share of the headlines. It’s interesting that a BBC executive has now been chosen for the role, despite the fact, or perhaps because of the fact, that his name wasn’t featured in the speculation around Westminster as to who would succeed Andy Coulson.
Craig Oliver is one of very few television executives to have worked at the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Perhaps Downing Street has decided that a former BBC employee and broadcast journalist is a safer bet than taking a potential risk with ex-newspaper journalists in such a pivotal role, and one when the past can come back to haunt them.
Let’s see how Craig Oliver gets on, but I suspect he may have a big job ahead in the coming months.