Government Communication Network
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.
The GCN is the new name for the Government Information and Communication Service which was dissolved following the Phillis Report in 2004. 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.
- Cabinet Office, "Government Communication Network", http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/government%5Fcommunication/gcn/index.asp
- Cabinet Office, "New Communications Network for Government", http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/newsroom/news_releases/2005/050120_govcomm.asp?ID=57