Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 4.20.2015

BuzzFeed wipes out three posts for advertisers, according to internal memo; Elmo helps the surgeon general encourage vaccinations; IPG buys a TV analytics firm.

1. BuzzFeed deleted three posts at the request of angry advertisers Microsoft, Pepsi, and Axe body spray, according to an internal review released over the weekend. The website wiped out more than 1,000 posts in all for reasons from duplicated work to technical errors.

2. The surgeon general and Elmo have teamed up to assuage children’s fears about getting a vaccine shot, shaming parents who are anti-vaccine in the process. The Sesame Street character also appeared in a 30-second PSA on the Department of Health and Human Services’ website on Friday encouraging vaccinations.

3. Interpublic Group has bought a minority stake in Samba TV, an analytics startup, in an effort to better understand how consumers are watching television.

4. Target’s website went down on Sunday morning due to customer demand for clothing from a Lilly Pulitzer collection being sold at marked-down prices. The retailer apologized later that day.

5. Money in politics is becoming a hot topic in the early stages of the 2016 presidential race, driven in part by the buildup to the release of the book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich next month.

Clinton, who is going out of her way to align herself with progressives this time around, has a more-than-healthy lead among presumed Democratic entrants, while Jeb Bush is barely out in front on the GOP side, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday morning. South Carolina Senator and foreign-policy hawk Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, has said there’s a 91% chance he’ll enter the race.


6. Executives from Comcast and Time Warner will meet with Justice Department officials on Wednesday to address concerns about their pending $45 billion merger. The federal government believes the combination would give one company too much control over the broadband Internet market.

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