BlackBerry parts ways with Good Relations but retains Frank after global review

BlackBerry will continue to work with Frank PR in the UK but has ended its relationship with Good Relations following a worldwide review of its communications line-up.

BlackBerry 10: launched at Selfridges
BlackBerry 10: launched at Selfridges

The majority of BlackBerry’s comms has been consolidated with Text100 and APCO Worldwide on a global scale, including in the UK.

A minority of work, estimated to be 20-25% of its total global activity, will remain with other firms.

Frank PR’s existing consumer work is encompassed in this minority. The agency's remit, which also includes celebrity outreach, is understood to be unchanged. Frank handled the launch of BlackBerry’s Q10 handset at Selfridges last week.

Addressing the effect of the review on its UK line-up, BlackBerry vice-president of corporate comms for EMEA and APAC, Meigan Terry, said: ‘We are appointing APCO and Text100 in the UK and a number of markets across EMEA and we believe that their team is a good match for BlackBerry and our culture.

‘We have enjoyed a very positive relationship with Good Relations - they have provided tremendous support to us and we are hugely grateful for their contributions to the BlackBerry brand. We would like to thank them for their work, particularly around the recent launch of BlackBerry 10, and we wish them every success for the future.’

Good Relations picked up BlackBerry’s consumer tech and b2b comms account from Hotwire in 2011.

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