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BPI appoints new lobbying man

By | Published on Friday 3 June 2011


The British Recorded Music Industry, or the BPI to its slightly illiterate friends, has only gone and appointed a brand new lobbying chief to go bug those tedious Tories and laughable Libbers about flagging three-strikes and off-the-agenda website-blocking-orders and that old chestnut, copyright extension. And the new man, Ian Moss, comes from the other side of the lobbying fence, having most recently worked as a Director at the government’s Ministry Of Justice.

Confirming the new appointment, BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: “We are delighted that Ian is joining the BPI as Director of Public Affairs. Ian is a thoroughly accomplished Whitehall operator with a strong background in developing and delivering policy at a senior level in government. His strategic experience and passion for music will help us ensure that music companies maintain a persuasive voice in the ongoing debate about the role of creative industries in the digital age”.

Moss himself added: “I started out from university as a failed rock star and ended up in politics and policy. Hopefully I can use what I have learnt in that time to help some successful ones. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to working to support one of Britain’s great global industries”.

Moss replaces the BPI’s incumbent lobbying man Theo Blackwell, who was recently elected Cabinet Member of Finance at Camden council, which sounds like great fun, doesn’t it?