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Wikipedia blocks 381 paid advocates, but CIPR warns PRs have 'zero to gain' from breaking rules

Wikipedia blocks 381 paid advocates, but CIPR warns PRs have 'zero to gain' from breaking rules

The CIPR has warned PRs that they have "absolutely zero to gain" in subverting the rules around editing Wikipedia articles on behalf of an employer or client.

Bell Pottinger litigation support helps secure Suzuki court victory in four-year Volkswagen case

Bell Pottinger litigation support helps secure Suzuki court victory in four-year Volkswagen case

Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation has won a major decision against rival manufacturer Volkswagen in the International Court of Arbitration with help from the litigation support team of comms firm Bell Pottinger.

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners takes on Montfort Communications after five-way pitch

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners takes on Montfort Communications after five-way pitch

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners, the newly merged group offering wealth management and other support to wealthy families, has appointed Montfort Communications as its comms adviser.

Cicero appoints Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew for corporate PR

Cicero appoints Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew for corporate PR

Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew is to join Cicero Group as a senior counsel working in its corporate PR and public affairs practices.

In brief: Supermarket baker Finsbury hires Beattie, Ranieri works with Smarter, Weleda takes on Pegasus, Ketchum, Matter PR

In brief: Supermarket baker Finsbury hires Beattie, Ranieri works with Smarter, Weleda takes on Pegasus, Ketchum, Matter PR

Supermarket baker Finsbury hires Beattie; Ranieri works with wifi coffee machine maker Smarter; Weleda takes on Pegasus for consumer comms; Ketchum's London office retained by dwell and more from PRWeek UK.

Edelman grows 8.5% in 2014/15 financial year

Edelman grows 8.5% in 2014/15 financial year

Global revenues at the world's largest PR firm rose to $833 million in the 12 months to June 30, 2015, while the US was up 9% to $504.7 million in the same period.

In brief: Globalisation boost for Bluefocus, charity sector PR firms ally, Movember partners with Premiership Rugby, Reputation Institute

In brief: Globalisation boost for Bluefocus, charity sector PR firms ally, Movember partners with Premiership Rugby, Reputation Institute

Globalisation brings 30 per cent growth for Bluefocus; charity sector PR firms Slack and Third Sector ally; Movember partners with Premiership Rugby for men's health awareness and more from PRWeek UK.

Revenue no guarantee of publicity in legal industry, research finds

Revenue no guarantee of publicity in legal industry, research finds

Law firms with the biggest revenue do not necessarily have the highest media profile, according to a study.

What game day is like for New York Yankees PR director Jason Zillo

What game day is like for New York Yankees PR director Jason Zillo

Yankees Director of Media and Publicity Jason Zillo walks PRWeek though the ins and outs of game day from a PR perspective.

Four Communications snaps up Broadgate Mainland after £10m funding boost

Four Communications snaps up Broadgate Mainland after £10m funding boost

Four Communications Group has bought financial PR agency Broadgate Mainland, its first acquisition since receiving a £10m investment from the Business Growth Fund.

Met Office comms chief will emphasise non-BBC activities after contract loss

Met Office comms chief will emphasise non-BBC activities after contract loss

The Met Office head of comms says she will emphasise the broader role the weather forecasting agency plays in UK life after the well-publicised loss of its BBC contract - but says there is no need for a major overhaul of its PR strategy.

Paddy Power and Betfair to keep dual brands following merger

Paddy Power and Betfair to keep dual brands following merger

Betting firms Paddy Power and Betfair will keep their individual brands if the £5bn merger deal of the two companies goes ahead.

Survey: who comes out of the McWhopper PR stunt best - McDonald's, Burger King, or neither?

Survey: who comes out of the McWhopper PR stunt best - McDonald's, Burger King, or neither?

Burger King grabbed media attention across the world yesterday when it held out a supposed olive branch to McDonald's ahead of next month's International Day of Peace - but did McDonald's win the day with its pithy response?

In brief: Manifest London hired by glue maker, We Are Social's new US boss, Tangerine, Lotus UK

In brief: Manifest London hired by glue maker, We Are Social's new US boss, Tangerine, Lotus UK

Manifest London hired to increase Sugru awareness and sales; We Are Social US founder departs; Inspiresport appoints Lotus UK to support global expansion and more from PRWeek UK.

Last chance to complete gender pay gap survey

Last chance to complete gender pay gap survey

Today is the final chance to complete our gender pay gap survey.

H+K pushes Duracell's power and endurance messages in Rugby World Cup tie-up

H+K pushes Duracell's power and endurance messages in Rugby World Cup tie-up

Duracell has signed up Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton as a brand ambassador as it announces Duracell #PowerCheck, a stats service created in partnership with Opta Sports for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Opinion and features

The top three diversity challenges facing the PR industry

The top three diversity challenges facing the PR industry

Education, role models and investment are the top three diversity challenges facing the PR industry, argues Andrew Barratt of Ogilvy Public Relations.

Winning new business requires a mixture of the personal and the technological

Winning new business requires a mixture of the personal and the technological

It might surprise you to hear that the potential for new business has never been greater, but only for those agencies that can devise and deploy the right strategy, writes Shaun Varga of Ingenuity.

Welcome to the world of competitive PR pitches

Welcome to the world of competitive PR pitches

You wouldn't treat your tailor or your new lover this way so why is it OK in competitive pitches, asks Hamish Thompson of Houston PR.

Diversity is good for company profit and credibility

Diversity is good for company profit and credibility

The PR industry knows something that many populist politicians find hard to accept, which is that diversity matters both for company credibility and competitiveness, writes financial and corporate PR specialist Imran Khan.

White hat hackers: carrot or stick?

White hat hackers: carrot or stick?

So-called 'white hat' hackers could just be the guardian angels you never knew you had, so should corporations punish or reward 'good' hackers, asks Robert Bownes at data science consultancy Profusion.

Bezos, Amazon execs defend workplace culture after New York Times article

Bezos, Amazon execs defend workplace culture after New York Times article

Jeff Bezos: "I strongly believe that anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay. I know I would leave such a company."

HMRC threat of reputational damage may do more harm than good

HMRC threat of reputational damage may do more harm than good

HMRC's threat to 'name and shame' tax avoiders is not the best way to motivate them to pay up and could even backfire, writes Simon Maule of Linstock Communications.

How to pitch to journalists: It's the story, stupid

How to pitch to journalists: It's the story, stupid

For PR professionals who are tired of having their pitch shot down in flames by journalists, it's a good idea to get the basics right before making contact, writes Hanover PR consultant Charlie Simon.

The Big Interview: Yahoo's senior director, product and tech comms Arunav Sinha

The Big Interview: Yahoo's senior director, product and tech comms Arunav Sinha

The global PR team has become "a catalyst" as the company strives to target milennials and boost its mobile platforms. But is CEO Marissa Mayer's strategy working?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.

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Shazam brings on Grooveshark's James Pearson for global comms

Shazam brings on Grooveshark's James Pearson for global comms

Pearson succeeds former Shazam comms leader Brendan Lewis, who left the music app in June.

Barclays hires Tesco's Tom Hoskin to head media relations

Barclays hires Tesco's Tom Hoskin to head media relations

Tesco group media relations director Tom Hoskin is to leave his role to join Barclays in the new position of MD for group media relations.

In brief: Made in Chelsea and Frank PR, Red, Ketchum, Albion Drive, TVC

In brief: Made in Chelsea and Frank PR, Red, Ketchum, Albion Drive, TVC

Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing hires Frank PR for candy brand; Crest Nicholson hires Red; Nick Darken moves into Albion Drive creative directorship; Gretchen Huestis moves from London to launch Ketchum Change in Asia; and more from PRWeek UK.

PR moves at Porsche and Mercedes after Paul Buckett takes new VW role

PR moves at Porsche and Mercedes after Paul Buckett takes new VW role

In-house PRs have moved roles between vehicle retailers Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, after a new more senior role was created at the latter firm.

New comms chiefs appointed at Cabinet Office and Department for Education

New comms chiefs appointed at Cabinet Office and Department for Education

Both the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office will bring in experienced Whitehall figures as their new heads of comms in the coming weeks.

Maitland partner George Trefgarne quits to set up financial comms firm

Maitland partner George Trefgarne quits to set up financial comms firm

George Trefgarne, a partner at Maitland, has left to set up his own financial comms firm, which will be launched later this year.

Sadoun on new MSL CEO Guillaume Herbette: 'We wanted someone who is truly international'

Sadoun on new MSL CEO Guillaume Herbette: 'We wanted someone who is truly international'

PRWeek chatted with Publicis Worldwide president Arthur Sadoun on what the holding company was looking for in MSLGroup's next CEO and how the firm will collaborate more with other agencies under the Publicis umbrella.