It's Business as Usual for the 08 Team; MOVING FORWARD ARCHER DEPARTURE Sam Lister on the Immediate Aftermath of Robyn Archer's Sudden Departure

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It's Business as Usual for the 08 Team; MOVING FORWARD ARCHER DEPARTURE Sam Lister on the Immediate Aftermath of Robyn Archer's Sudden Departure


Byline: Sam Lister

THE head of Liverpool Culture Company last night insisted there was still plenty of time to market the 08 programme across the globe, despite the sudden ousting of artistic director Robyn Archer.

Marketing sources told the Daily Post they were concerned about the timetable for promoting Capital of Culture internationally, particularly in light of such a key player leaving at this crucial time and as events will coincide with the Euro 2008 football championships and the Beijing Olympics.

But last night chief executive Jason Harborow dismissed the claims and also categorically denied suggestions that any events already booked would be cancelled.

He told the Daily Post: "The preparations are well ahead of any other Capital of Culture and we have timed the 08 highlights announcement deliberately to coincide with the World Travel Market at London.

"That is when the industry is looking to find out what is going on across the world in 2008.

"My background is sports and events marketing. For the Manchester Commonwealth Games, we only released the tickets in October the year before.

"The Olympics and the Euro 2008 are three and a half week-long events so they will not have an impact on what we are doing.

"No one knew that England would have been out of the World Cup by last night a few weeks ago, but Deacon Blue at the Summer Pops was still a sell-out.

"We are well on track."

Culture company supremo Robyn Archer was forced to quit on Tuesday after a series of crisis talks about her role in the city's 08 celebrations. …

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