11 things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 6.2.2015

Consumers not happy with cable providers; Cinnabon picks Finn Partners as new AOR; Caitlyn Jenner debut makes Twitter history; Jake Tapper's new job.

Image via Cinnabon's Facebook account
Image via Cinnabon's Facebook account

1. US consumers are not happy with their cable TV, phone, and Internet providers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, released Tuesday morning. The industry scored lower than hospitals, banks, airlines, and gas stations.

2. Cinnabon has a new PR AOR. The bakery chain picked Finn Partners as its new firm, replacing Fishman Public Relations on the account.

3. The transgender community and advocates for it are taking advantage of Caitlyn Jenner’s debut on the cover of Vanity Fair to gather support. Jenner gained more than 1 million Twitter followers in five hours on Monday after the Annie Leibovitz-shot cover was unveiled.


4. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke allegedly made $10 million from bank transactions that are a central part of the investigation into corruption at the international soccer body, US authorities told media outlets. Valcke is a top aide to newly reelected FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

5. Malaysia Airlines is planning to rebrand in September as officials say the carrier is "technically bankrupt." One of the airline’s flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down over Ukraine last July; all 283 passengers on-board died.

6. More people have an unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton than at any time since 2001, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday morning. It shows declines in various ratings for the Democratic frontrunner since she launched her campaign in April.

7. Apple is planning to launch a streaming music competitor to Spotify, with subscriptions priced at $10 a month. The company plans to announce the service next week at its developers conference, according to The Wall Street Journal.

8. Run Warren Run, the group urging Elizabeth Warren to throw her hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination, will shut down on June 8, as the Massachusetts senator shows absolutely no indication that she will run for president in 2016.

9. Jake Tapper will take over as the host of CNN Sunday morning show State of the Union on June 14, he said on Monday. He’ll continue to host The Lead on weekdays. Tapper told PRWeek what he looks for in a compelling story in an interview last March.

10. Ellen Pao will appeal her gender-discrimination lawsuit against Silicon Valley VC powerhouse Kleiner Perkins. A jury denied all of the Reddit CEO’s claims against the firm in late March.

11. Acting TSA Administrator Melvin Carraway was reassigned late Monday after a report found undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and other weapons through airport checkpoints. Mark Hatfield, acting deputy director, will take over the Department of Homeland Security agency in the interim. 

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