XV Olympic Winter Games, Communications Group

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XV Olympic Winter Games, Communications Group

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A "Communications" section was part of the organizational structure of OCO'88 from its formation, although it sometimes appeared on early organizational charts under various other names, such as "Public Affairs" or "Public Relations." The title "Communications" was most frequently used, however. Frances Jackson, the first Vice President of Communications, was among the very first appointments to the administration of OCO'88 in 1982. Initially, she was to report to the Vice President of Marketing, although this reporting structure was soon changed if it ever existed in practice. Her mandate was to be "accountable for the provision of a group of communication services related to the positive identity and image of the XV Olympic Winter Games through the expertise and leadership provided to professionals and administrative staff that achieves the images being sought for this unique event." These duties included public relations, publicity, press, radio and television services and the cultural programme for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, and extended into Language Services, a Library/Archives programme, and developing the graphics for the 1988 Games. An organizational chart of the Communications "Group" distributed these tasks among five Departments: Media Relations, Public Relations, Culture, Language Services and Archives. The records of this series do not clearly reflect the existence of these separate Departments, but they do reflect the importance given to OCO's relations with the media right from the onset of its work. For more information regarding the XV Olympic Winter Games, Communications Group administrative history, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.


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