Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

News Corporation senior vice-president of government affairs and public policy for Europe Frederic Michel told the Leveson Inquiry last week that he believed Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was 'supportive' of the BSkyB takeover bid. 'My view is that he was probably supportive on some of the arguments,' said Michel.

Keith Johnston has hit out at Peter Bingle following the soap box article he wrote last week. The CIPR board member criticised Bingle for stating 'we can't even agree on the definition of a lobbyist.' Johnston said: 'The sensible approach would be to define the act rather than the person and the CIPR has offered a definition that does just this. Bingle's attempt at a definition is hopeless, not the industry response to the register.'

Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has appointed Chris Nelson as a senior vice-president in the agency's New York corporate and public affairs group. Nelson has served as a member of the board of directors of the Public Affairs Council.

The Tokyo 2020 bid committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has called in Weber Shandwick as its global agency. Weber Shandwick provided advice for Tokyo's applicant city phase, handling strategy and PR.

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