News in brief

MEDIA RELATIONS: BAFTA has hired Freud Communications to promote the BAFTA TV Awards following a three-way pitch (PRWeek, 29 October). Freuds, which has handled BAFTA’s Orange British Academy Film Awards for seven years, will look to expand press facilities at the event next April.

ICCO: The International Communications Consultants Organisation (ICCO) has added a facility to its website – www.iccopr.com– that allows agencies to quickly find a reputable overseas partner.

CONSUMER: Betting exchange betbull has hired Firefly Communications to handle its consumer PR in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with a view to expanding into the UK and Scandanavia. The agency will target sports fans and city traders via consumer lifestyle media and promotional tours.

STREET MARKETING: Cunning this week launched a street marketing campaign to launch the 2005 USA & Canada brochure for British Airways Travel Shops. A branded 1940s Cadillac will encourage people in four cities to visit the shops to plan their own American road trip.

AWARDS: Chandler Chicco Agency, Weber Shandwick and Lansons Communications are among the six firms shortlisted for this year’s Pathfinders’ Media Employer of the Year award (formerly known as Media Boss of the Year). The award will be presented on 17 November.

CONSUMER: Household cleaning goods firm Mapa Spontex UK has hired Hill & Knowlton , ending Lawson Dodd’s hold on the account. H&K has been retained to promote the firm’s baby -feeding equipment, manufactured under the Nuk brand, as well as Mapa’s cleaning products.

AWARD: Discovery Networks Europe has set up an annual award in memory of its press officer Sara Newman, who died last year. The award, which recognises outstanding achievement among Bournemouth University PR students, went to Freya Aitken-Turff last week.

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