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Publicis Groupe chief Lévy bemoans "unsatisfactory" revenue growth of 0.2%

Publicis Groupe chief Lévy bemoans "unsatisfactory" revenue growth of 0.2%

Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of MSLGroup parent company Publicis Groupe, has described the company's weak first-half revenue growth as "not satisfactory by our standards".

Copyright Licensing Agency rebuffs PRCA call for dialogue over "unjustified" arrangements

Copyright Licensing Agency rebuffs PRCA call for dialogue over "unjustified" arrangements

The Copyright Licensing Agency, which covers UK business magazine clippings, has sidestepped an invitation by the PRCA to the CLA board to explain its "confusing and unjustified" new licence to its members.

Business lobby group London First hires Victoria Bacon as comms director

Business lobby group London First hires Victoria Bacon as comms director

Victoria Bacon, the head of comms at the Association of British Travel Agents, is joining London First in October, replacing Rob McIvor as director of comms.

Weber Shandwick hires Murray Cox as EMEA Mediaco head

Weber Shandwick hires Murray Cox as EMEA Mediaco head

Weber Shandwick has appointed Murray Cox to head up its content creation, production and distribution offering Mediaco in the UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa.

John Lewis' director of communications Peter Cross suspended

John Lewis' director of communications Peter Cross suspended

Peter Cross, the director of communications at John Lewis, has been suspended from his post, PRWeek understands.

Mario Ambrosi and Simon Francis to lead PRCA not-for-profit group

Mario Ambrosi and Simon Francis to lead PRCA not-for-profit group

Mario Ambrosi and Simon Francis have been appointed as chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the PRCA's not-for-profit and charity group.

Guy Newey on the move as Ovo raids think-tanks to boost external affairs team

Guy Newey on the move as Ovo raids think-tanks to boost external affairs team

Ovo Energy is expanding its external relations team with a series of new appointments, including Guy Newey, head of the energy and environment practice at centre-right think-tank Policy Exchange.

Blinkbox appoints Up Communications for corporate PR drive

Blinkbox appoints Up Communications for corporate PR drive

Tesco-backed movie and TV streaming, music and ebook service Blinkbox has appointed Up Communications to support a new focus on corporate comms.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: the shortlist

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: the shortlist

With under three months to go before the PRWeek Awards winners are revealed at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 14 October, the shortlisted entries are revealed today.

Riverside Communications hires Mark Adams as senior counsel

Riverside Communications hires Mark Adams as senior counsel

Public affairs agency Riverside Communications has hired the former managing director of Foresight Communications, Mark Adams, as senior counsel.

SIA finds itself in a spot over tweet

SIA finds itself in a spot over tweet

Singapore Airlines issues an apology over an update that was seen by many as being 'insensitive' to the victims of MH17

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

A team from UK PR agency Perowne Charles Communications (PCC) is in Amsterdam to assist Malaysia Airlines with communications around the MH17 disaster, PRWeek understands.

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli promotes Fenella Grey to UK MD

Porter Novelli has promoted Fenella Grey to managing director of its UK office.

How companies are keeping their PR cool in the heatwave

How companies are keeping their PR cool in the heatwave

As the weather heats up, a number of organisations are using social media and PR stunts to raise their brand's profile. Here are our favourites...

WHO expresses "deep sadness" at media officer's death on downed aircraft

WHO expresses "deep sadness" at media officer's death on downed aircraft

The World Health Organization has paid tribute to one of its media officers, Glenn Thomas, who was among those killed yesterday on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Kreab Gavin Anderson handles Chinese chemical company's IPO comms

Kreab Gavin Anderson, the financial PR specialist, is handling corporate and financial PR for GTS Chemical Holdings as it prepares to float on AIM.

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Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Initial reaction to yesterday's extensive Cabinet reshuffle suggests that the promotion of women did not resonate with the public as much as the Conservatives might have hoped.

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

The Vatican, an institution not best known for its culture of openness, has announced the formation of an 11-strong committee to be led by Chris Patten that will oversee the modernisation of its communications.

Businesses voice fear over "ticking time bomb" of social media

Businesses voice fear over "ticking time bomb" of social media

A new study of 500 UK businesses has revealed the extent to which social media are viewed as a "ticking time bomb", with three-quarters of firms flagging up negative content as their biggest single problem online.

Is Freuds' six-figure public health contract facing the end of the line?

Is Freuds' six-figure public health contract facing the end of the line?

Freuds, one of the great survivors of government budget cuts, is having to fight to keep hold of public health communications work that has earned it at least £700,000 in recent months.

How Walmart decided to take a red pen to a New York Times op-ed

How Walmart decided to take a red pen to a New York Times op-ed

Walmart's comms team lives by the mantra "no free shots." So when it read an op-ed in The New York Times it felt was unfair, the retailer punched back in a unique way.

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Describing David Cameron as "bumbling" and Craig Oliver as "just clueless" seems to be in character for a man whom people describe as a "tribal" operator.

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Americans' news-consumption habits are changing quickly, and with them, so is the job of White House press secretary.

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

The future of the Internet hangs in the balance due to an ongoing battle between telecoms giants and the technology industry - and each side is taking a very different approach to telling their story.

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Post-pitch staff churn still an agency issue, survey finds

Post-pitch staff churn still an agency issue, survey finds

Four in ten agencies may change teams between pitching for a brief and working on it, a new study has found.

Property giant CBRE reviews EMEA relationship with FTI

Property giant CBRE reviews EMEA relationship with FTI

Global real estate powerhouse CBRE is reviewing its 14-year-old relationship with FTI Consulting for PR across EMEA and the UK.

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

The NHS is considering creating an additional comms roster as the service continues to shift in the wake of last year's structural reforms.

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Global banking giant HSBC has kicked off a review of its UK public affairs agency requirements, which have been handled by Quiller since 2009.

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Malaysia Airlines uses social media for first public comments on plane crash in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines uses social media for first public comments on plane crash in Ukraine

After a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, the airline went straight to Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public about the situation.

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has won out in the pitch for Visa Europe's region-wide strategic comms work.

Grayling owner Huntsworth issues profit warning

Grayling owner Huntsworth issues profit warning

Huntsworth, the holding company for Grayling, Citigate and Red, has warned investors that its first-half profits will be below expectations.

Company behind NASA super computer hires Atomic PR

Company behind NASA super computer hires Atomic PR

The company that built the first super computer at NASA has appointed Atomic PR to drive awareness of its expertise in developing the world's most powerful computers.

PETA to target bull run tourists with Grim Reaper protest

PETA to target bull run tourists with Grim Reaper protest

Animal protection charity PETA is targeting tourists and other festivalgoers with a 100-strong protest tomorrow ahead of the Running of the Bulls at the San Fermín festival in Pamplona.