The Week

John Bercow, the new Commons speaker, has hired Tim Hames as a special adviser. Hames is director of comms for the British Venture Capital Association.

Air France-KLM, Europe's largest airline group, has appointed Consolidated PR as its retained PR agency for the UK and Ireland.

Davina McCall and Louis Walsh have both taken on entertainment specialist Hackford Jones to handle their personal profiles.

The British Video Association has appointed Blue Rubicon to launch a campaign aimed at educating consumers about the Blu-ray format.

British Airways has confirmed its appointment of Fleishman-Hillard to handle global PR duties, as revealed earlier this year by PRWeek.

Denis O'Brien is using Tavistock Communications in the UK for media relations around his battle for Independent News & Media, advised by Powerscourt.

John Smythe and Jerome Reback are leaving Engage Group with immediate effect and will continue to trade independently as Engage for Change.

Gap Adventures, the Canadian adventure company, has brought in Rooster PR to boost its profile in the UK.

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