Ray Hall leaves top ABC post following talks with Copeman

Ray Hall, the director of bureau at the Audit Bureau of Circulations, has left the company by mutual consent after a meeting with the ABC chairman, Geoffrey Cope-man. He has no job to go to.

Ray Hall, the director of bureau at the Audit Bureau of

Circulations, has left the company by mutual consent after a meeting

with the ABC chairman, Geoffrey Cope-man. He has no job to go to.



The ABC has appointed a headhunter to look for an external candidate and

will advertise Hall’s post in the next few weeks.



However, there are rumours that Chris Haslum, former deputy managing

director of the Telegraph, has been approached for the job.



Anthony Peacham, head of operations at the ABC, will take over Hall’s

role until a successor is found.



Industry sources say there had been doubts over Hall’s future for some

time. One newspaper group’s head of circulation said: ’Dissatisfaction

wasn’t confined to national newspaper groups. Copeman took soundings

from ABC customers about whether Ray was seen as the man for the job. It

was a case of a square peg and a round hole.’



Hall, who has been with the ABC since June 1995, was made director of

bureau in November 1996.



He was responsible for negotiations during the bitter row between News

International and the Telegraph group over reduced-rate

subscriptions.



The dispute, which began in November 1996 and dragged on to such an

extent that it significantly dented the credibility of the ABC, which

found itself caught in the crossfire.



Hall was unavailable for comment as Campaign went to press.



Media Perspective, p17.



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