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Grilled: Jay Rayner, food critic, The Observer

Grilled: Jay Rayner, food critic, The Observer

PRWeek features editor Alex Benady talks to the food critic about covering a murder and shameless celebrities

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Latest interviews and features

Flack on Friday: Liverpool boss dobs in PR man, Heineken press release spoof, Mike Ashley

Flack on Friday: Liverpool boss dobs in PR man, Heineken press release spoof, Mike Ashley

In Flack this week: Liverpool boss Klopp plays foul with PR guy, one Tory's big problem with the Tory Conference, Mike Ashley puts his foot in it (again).

Flack on Friday: Michael Stewart's successor at Edelman, Firefly's fire flight, a cute PR puppy

Flack on Friday: Michael Stewart's successor at Edelman, Firefly's fire flight, a cute PR puppy

In Flack this week: PR chiefs speculate over Michael Stewart's replacement as Edelman Europe CEO, influencer experts struggle with influencer definition, and some PR puppy love.

Inside in-house: Direct Line - big things with a small team

Inside in-house: Direct Line - big things with a small team

Direct Line's comms heads explain to PRWeek how the firm keeps its PR approach proactive and why its relationship with external agencies is like a marriage.

Flack on Friday: Sir Philip Green, APCO, aubergine condoms and #AskFarah

Flack on Friday: Sir Philip Green, APCO, aubergine condoms and #AskFarah

In Flack this week: APCO's Margery Kraus' preparing to be president, Sir Philip Green hit by nautical PR mischief, and why did Durex turn its back on aubergine flavoured condoms?

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Havas CEO: Self-professed 'Carrie Bradshaw of PR' talks trends, targets and future of PR

Havas CEO: Self-professed 'Carrie Bradshaw of PR' talks trends, targets and future of PR

Alex Benady goes 'hyperlocal' with Marian Salzman, the all-seeing, all-doing wonderwoman of PR.

Shell VP talks Greenpeace, reputation, Arctic drilling and renewable energy

Shell VP talks Greenpeace, reputation, Arctic drilling and renewable energy

Shell has faced reputational problems for years, largely caused by environmental campaigners and the oil giant's reluctance to engage in public debate. Its vice-president for media relations tells Alex Benady why drilling in the Arctic is not as destructive as it sounds and how the company is embracing engagement to convince the world that hydrocarbons are the future.

NFL's gateway to the world

NFL's gateway to the world

NFL UK Alistair Kirkwood chief wants to use the UK as a springboard to help the sport score a comms touchdown internationally.

Lord Seb Coe talks sponsorship, Olympics, politics and FIFA

Lord Seb Coe talks sponsorship, Olympics, politics and FIFA

Former Olympian Lord Coe brings the ideal mix of political nous and business acumen to his role as chairman of sports-marketing firm CSM, which now incorporates Chime's PR shop Good Relations. He tells PRWeek how geopolitics and cultural differences will transform the sporting landscape and why the balance between sport and commerce must be preserved.

Nissan's Jeff Kuhlman on creating clarity in a world of confusion

Nissan's Jeff Kuhlman on creating clarity in a world of confusion

Nissan's vice-president of comms has a fiendishly complex task on his hands. His job is to present a coherent global brand expression for the car giant at a time of rapid technological and social change, all overshadowed by the threat of global warming. He tells Alex Benady how he does it.

Why Golin's Fred Cook is waging war on convention

Why Golin's Fred Cook is waging war on convention

The Golin CEO met up with Alex Benady in London to explain why three years ago he decided to do away with the traditional PR consultancy model and create the 'agency of the future' - and how his gamble is paying off today.

Sir Martin Sorrell on PR's place in the new wave of integration

Sir Martin Sorrell on PR's place in the new wave of integration

The world's most successful marketing services entrepreneur and self-styled 'bean counter' talks to Danny Rogers about the new wave of integration and why comms finally deserves to be at the centre of things.

Key features

2015 Christmas campaigns: The winners and losers

2015 Christmas campaigns: The winners and losers

The crucial Christmas trading period for the major retailers is over, their financial directors have counted up the gold in the coffers and they have released the official trading figures.

Game changers: the campaigns defining the future of the comms industry

Game changers: the campaigns defining the future of the comms industry

An in-depth look at four transformational campaigns and the integration, bravery and purpose that they share.

Rules, ransom and radio: Islamic State's multifarious assault on the media

Rules, ransom and radio: Islamic State's multifarious assault on the media

Islamic State is controlling both traditional and social media as it tightens its grip on parts of Syria and Iraq, finds John Owens in Beirut.

Integration report: one vision

Integration report: one vision

A new report identifies the emergence of the chief comms and marketing officer (CCMO) and predicts greater convergence between disciplines.

Grilled: Journalist Q&As ...

Grilled: the Daily Mirror's deputy 3am editor Hannah Hope

Grilled: the Daily Mirror's deputy 3am editor Hannah Hope

Hannah Hope, deputy 3am editor at the Daily Mirror, on the showbiz life and her favourite PR people.

NBC foreign correspondent Keir Simmons talks poor pitches and avoiding biscuits

NBC foreign correspondent Keir Simmons talks poor pitches and avoiding biscuits

Keir Simmons, NBC's London-based foreign correspondent, talks to PRWeek about his job and how he relates to PRs.

ITV News' Jess Brammar on simplifying stories and why a sense of mischief is essential

Creative inspiration

Creative inspiration: Martin Loat, founder, Propeller Group

Creative inspiration: Martin Loat, founder, Propeller Group

Film noir, silk cravats, Joy Division and Spitfires all provide inspiration for the founder of Propeller.

Creative inspiration: Hope&Glory's creative director talks about his love for Peppa Pig and Waterstones

Creative inspiration: Hope&Glory's creative director talks about his love for Peppa Pig and Waterstones

Gavin Lewis also talks about how trips to the zoo and visual gags inspire him.

Creative inspiration: James Nester, Weber Shandwick

Creative inspiration: James Nester, Weber Shandwick

The executive creative director of Weber Shandwick EMEA talks us through the things and people who inspire him.

Key features

Global PR360 Festival takes shape as awards deadline looms

Global PR360 Festival takes shape as awards deadline looms

High-profile festival speakers announced; final deadline for PRWeek Global Awards is Thursday, January 14.

PRWeek UK Awards 2015: Winners revealed

PRWeek UK Awards 2015: Winners revealed

Golin, TfL, Taylor Herring and Diabetes UK were among the award winners at the prestigious PRWeek Awards, which took place during a gala evening at London's Grosvenor House.

Watch: PRWeek UK Award Winners - 2015

Watch: PRWeek UK Award Winners - 2015

What does it mean to win a PRWeek Award? We caught up with some of the winners to find out...

PRWeek launches Secret Top 150

PRWeek launches Secret Top 150

PRWeek is launching a series of networking events for junior PR professionals that will be held at secret venues across London, featuring expert comms industry speakers.

PRWeek UK Awards 2015 shortlist unveiled

PRWeek UK Awards 2015 shortlist unveiled

PRWeek has revealed which campaigns, agencies and in-house comms teams have been shortlisted in the prestigious PRWeek UK Awards 2015.

Mentoring Scheme Diary: Bouncing back from redundancy

Mentoring Scheme Diary: Bouncing back from redundancy

Earlier this year, PRWeek and Women in PR (WPR) relaunched the Mentoring Scheme to tackle the lack of female leaders in comms. In the first Mentoring Scheme Diary, we hear from Shelley Facius and her mentee Amy Stevens about how they reacted after the latter was told she would be made redundant.

Sector raises £2,200 for NSPCC by entering PRWeek's Best Places to Work Awards

Sector raises £2,200 for NSPCC by entering PRWeek's Best Places to Work Awards

Generous PR agencies and in-house comms teams have donated more than £2,000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) by entering PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards.

PRWeek UK Top 150 PR Consultancies Report - submit your figures now

PRWeek UK Top 150 PR Consultancies Report - submit your figures now

PRWeek UK is inviting agencies to submit their figures for the Top 150 PR Consultancies Report 2015.

Entry deadline for PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards moved to 7 January

Entry deadline for PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards moved to 7 January

The deadline for entry to PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards 2015 has been extended to Wednesday 7 January.

Enter PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards 2015

Enter PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards 2015

Are you one of the PR's industry's best and most progressive employers? Do you run great and effective teams in the UK PR industry? Now is your chance to prove it - as entries open for PRWeek's prestigious Best Places to Work Awards 2015.

Four more agencies sign up to PR Internships For All

Four more agencies sign up to PR Internships For All

Hanover, Whitehouse Consultancy, Freedman Brown and Jargon PR are the first PR agencies to sign up to PR Internships For All since the scheme was expanded to smaller agencies and in-house departments last month.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

The PR industry gathered at an exclusive awards night at Grosvenor House to celebrate the best people, agencies and campaigns of 2014. Here's the full list of winners.

PR Internships For All seeks whole industry backing

PR Internships For All seeks whole industry backing

With 16 of the top 25 PR agencies now supporting PRWeek and the PRCA's initiative to bring a more diverse pool of graduates into the industry, all PR agencies and in-house departments are being invited to get involved.

Top 150: WPP streaks ahead of rival groups

Top 150: WPP streaks ahead of rival groups

WPP has strengthened its position as the top performing group, widening the lead on its rivals, according to figures from PRWeek's Top 150.

How CEOs see comms ...

Justin King: "Perhaps PR does need to rebrand itself"

Justin King: "Perhaps PR does need to rebrand itself"

Ask the ebullient former CEO of Sainsbury's what he really thinks about PR and he refuses to answer. "I reject the premise of your question," he says, "because there's an inherent negativity to it."

Hiut's Clare Hieatt acts smart to take on denim's big boys

Hiut's Clare Hieatt acts smart to take on denim's big boys

Clare Hieatt, the managing director of UK jeans-maker Hiut, says her company competes with bigger brands via smart social media and 'brand purpose'.

YO! Sushi boss Robin Rowland on retaining brand voice despite constant innovation

YO! Sushi boss Robin Rowland on retaining brand voice despite constant innovation

It slid into public consciousness on a conveyor belt of modernity in the late 1990s, helping to bring Japanese food to the masses. Yet YO! Sushi's CEO Robin Rowland maintains that the brand remains just as innovative today.

Postcards from ...

Postcard from Cuba: evolution within the Revolution?

Postcard from Cuba: evolution within the Revolution?

Cuba's 'new, innovative and creative' industry emerging from the underworld means there's a PR market worth exploring.

Postcard from Angola: An emerging African powerhouse on the path to rapid reform

Postcard from Angola: An emerging African powerhouse on the path to rapid reform

The African country has been transformed since the civil conflict ended in 2002, but still has issues with maintaining trust, says Mitchell Prather, MD of Djembe Communications.

Postcard from Qatar: A young, growing powerhouse where patience is a virtue

Postcard from Qatar: A young, growing powerhouse where patience is a virtue

Infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with meteoric economic development but opportunities exist for those with patience and local understanding.