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I'm a journalist, ex-national papers, now working in what we call "new" media.

Quite interesting to read that Peter Barron of Newsnight is to join Google in a PR role. More interesting to me was the discovery that Google's European head of PR is one D-J Collins. I assume this is the same D-J who once ran the press office at the Department of Education and is, according to Rachel Sylvester in The Times, apparently part of the unofficial campaign team forming around David Miliband who is increasingly tipped to mount a challenge to Gordon Brown before too long.

An odd wrinkle to this is that D-J's boss at Google is Rachel Whetstone, who was one of the inner circle around David Cameron, when he was jockeying to become Tory leader a little while ago.