Arts Council England, which can do little right at the moment, proudly announced yesterday morning a new partnership with News International, by which arts organisations could obtain press sponsorship and preferential coverage in such great publications as The Times, The Sun and The News of the World.
It seemed too good to be true.
Later that day, News International sacked an assistant editor at the News of the World over his alleged involvement in phone hacking. It also handed ‘significant’ new evidence to the police.
Almost immediately, the ACE put out the following statement on its website
Statement regarding Arts Council and News International
- Date: 26 January 2011
- Region: Arts Council England
The Arts Council apologises for any confusion that has been caused by its posting about News International. There was no partnership with News International and there has never been approval for a partnership between the Arts Council and News International on either side.
You really couldn’t make it up.