Bell Pottinger in administration
The international PR and reputation agency Bell Pottinger has gone into administration. In recent weeks Bell Pottinger’s chief executive resigned, it was expelled from the Public Relations & Communications Association and high-profile clients deserted the agency following revelations of its activities in South Africa, where it was accused of inciting racial hatred. Bell Pottinger was set up in 1987 and currently employs around 180 people in London. Tim Bell, Margaret Thatcher’s PR adviser was one of its founders. Now Lord Bell, he said that the firm would almost certainly not be able to survive the scandal.