Flack: Flack's Week

Media House director of operations Andy Lines has made a brief return to journalism to write a special series of articles for the Daily Mirror in the run-up to the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Lines covered the disaster as the Mirror's US editor in 2001, helping it to gain the Newspaper of the Year award. 'You can't keep an old hack tied down,' said Media House executive chairman Jack Irvine ...

River PR owner Paul Smyth is publishing a book entitled Blogging from the Battlefield on 20 September. No, it's not about the fight between advertising and PR for ownership of social media - it's an account of Smyth's time during his Territorial Army tour of Afghanistan, working in the Army's specialist media unit. What a trooper ...

The Max Clifford home for the besieged welcomed another guest this week in the guise of under-fire Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook. As Flack was going to press, Cook was set to board a plane to Clifford's Marbella villa to seek refuge from headlines about an unfortunate email from his 'hacked' account joking about the cancer-suffering mother of City player Nedum Onuoha. The never-sarcastic Guardian is already supporting the PR fightback: 'Garry is as much the victim here as anyone else,' the paper thundered. 'Perhaps some kind of government taskforce should be set up into this new kind of "hacking"?' Case closed. Another happy client.

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