Government Communication Network

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The Government Communication Network (GCN) is the British government's central public relations organisation servicing most government departments in the United Kingdom. At present, there are around 4,000 communicators registered with the GCN website.[1]

The GCN is the new name for the Government Information and Communication Service which was dissolved following the Phillis Report in 2004.[2] The Report was supposed to investigate the Blair administration's spin machine and to herald an end to spin. In fact the result has been that spin has been entrenched, old restraints on private sector spin techniques have been abolished and government has been opened up to private sector PR consultancies.

The GCN became the Government Communication Service following an announcement in late 2013.[3]

Following the priorities set out in the Communications plan for 2013 to 2014, the 11 point plan for reform of the GICS to create the GCN includes:

creating a new Government Communication Service
mandatory evaluation to track effectiveness and justify value for money
aligning departmental communications strategies with government priorities
revising and improving communications spending controls
improving governance through a new Government Communication Board
creating group communication structures to align work of departments and their major arms-length bodies
improving cross-government internal communications
improving regional communication services
enhancing existing communications hubs to improve joint working between departments
providing additional central resource to support departments
integrating social media and digital channels within all communications functions, including the press office [3]

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