News in brief

A brief look at some of this weeks leading PR news stories

PUBLIC AFFAIRS White House press secretary Scott McClellan is to resign as part of the ongoing shake-up of President Bush's senior staff. It is speculated that Dan Senor, ex-spokesman in Iraq for the Coalition Provisional Authority, will replace him.

CONSUMER Buyagift.com has replaced Saffron PR with Kudos PR as it bids to boost its profile in national press. It is also looking for more business coverage of its corporate arm Experiencemore.com, positioning it as a handy resource for client entertainment and team building.

CORPORATE Brian Lewis, SV-P corporate comms at Fox News, has been handed an expanded brief, also assuming control of comms for Fox TV and its syndication group. His New York-based role involves responsibility for a new US business channel 'if launched', the firm said.

AGENCY Golley Slater's five-month-old Edinburgh office has poached Glenmorangie Co comms manager Annie Pugh after three years at the whisky group. Pugh will manage the five-strong office alongside Lorna McKee, who joined in January.

AGENCY Frank & Earnest Communications has lured Bruce Palling, ex- travel editor of Tatler and India correspondent for The Independent, as part-time adviser on travel and luxury goods.

CONSUMER Dubai property firm key2dubai has brought in First Public Relations to help boost property sales in the Gulf state. The firm's range includes small apartments and £2m  properties in high-profile developments. First PR will run a consumer and trade campaign promoting investment opportunities.

AGENCY Wienerberger, the world's largest brick producer, has hired its first retained UK agency. Bell Pottinger North will promote Wienerberger's brand, products and services across the UK. The brief is worth £60,000.

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