Headlines: October 5th, 2000

The Government has appointed its first Director of e-communications aimed at ensuring the Government itself has a first class internet presence. With companies being encouraged to get on the net and help make the UK one of the best places to do conduct e-business, the Government wants to set a leading example.Lucian Hudson, aged 40, will be based in the Cabinet Office and will report to the Prime Minister’s e-envoy. He will head the team responsible for developing new content for the UK online government portal and co-ordinating work across departments and agencies to improve quality of Government websites.

Mr Hudson has 17 years of journalism, branding and senior management experience. He was previously Editorial Director of Justpeople.com and Leader Intelligence Ltd, producing and publishing material on careers and for business leaders. Before that he was Head of Programming at BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, responsible for editorial direction and branding of joint venture channels.

The appointment further strengthens the Office of the e-envoy, which has been re-organised into three teams with a total of around 60 people. The teams are – the E-Government group, ensuring all Government services are online by 2005, the E-commerce group, co-ordinating work across Government to make Britain a leading e-commerce nation and the E-communications group, described above, led by Mr Hudson.