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Gettin it wrong? Stronger In's #Votin campaign for the youth falls flat

Gettin it wrong? Stronger In's #Votin campaign for the youth falls flat

Britain Stronger In Europe's online campaign to get young people registered to vote in the UK's upcoming referendum has attracted criticism on social media and in the press.

Twitter makes @name tweets public and drops multimedia from 140-character count

Twitter makes @name tweets public and drops multimedia from 140-character count

Twitter has confirmed that it will drop multimedia from its 140-character word count and has announced it will make some direct tweets more public.

In brief: Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes

Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes and more from PRWeek UK

Mark Glover succeeds Iain Anderson as APPC chairman

Mark Glover succeeds Iain Anderson as APPC chairman

Bellenden boss Mark Glover has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants, taking over from incumbent Iain Anderson.

National BBQ Week fires up with campaign and video competition

National BBQ Week fires up with campaign and video competition

UK consumers will be urged to clear the patio and dust down the BBQ from next Monday as National BBQ week returns for its 20th year.

Porta FY fee income grows 39 per cent but EU referendum brings 'slowdown'

Porta FY fee income grows 39 per cent but EU referendum brings 'slowdown'

Porta Communications saw fee income rise 39 per cent to £26.9m in 2015 - with growth of 14 per cent on an organic basis - although it experienced a slowdown in some project work this year ahead of the EU referendum.

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

He is replacing Maggie FitzPatrick, who left the healthcare giant earlier this year, in the company's top communications role.

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and Hering Schuppener hired for Bayer's $62bn Monsanto bid

Finsbury and its WPP partner agency Hering Schuppener have been appointed to handle corporate comms around the proposed $62bn (£42.8bn) bid by German life sciences firm Bayer for American agrochemical giant Monsanto.

Bacardi Group hires Ogilvy PR for seven-figure Europe-wide brief

Bacardi Group hires Ogilvy PR for seven-figure Europe-wide brief

Bacardi Group has hired Ogilvy PR for a new Europe-wide consumer PR brief believed to be worth seven figures, following a four-way competitive pitch, PRWeek has learned.

Marketing budgets shifting to rely 'less on words and more on images'

Marketing budgets shifting to rely 'less on words and more on images'

Marketing spend on visual content is set to increase this year, according to a survey by the agency Lewis, which says companies need to "rely less on words and more on images".

In brief: Instinctif wins rent-to-buy homes firm, Lansons' health hire, VFS recruits

Instinctif taken in by Rentplus, Lansons' health hire, VFS hires comms chief

Watch: Huawei snaps up Hollywood A-listers for first UK TV campaign

Watch: Huawei snaps up Hollywood A-listers for first UK TV campaign

The Chinese technology firm Huawei will kick off a major UK marcoms drive for its new premium P9 Android smartphone with a TV spot debuting during today's Britain's Got Talent live semi-final.

PROI names Richard Tsang new global chairman

PROI names Richard Tsang new global chairman

Founder of Strategic Public Relations Group moves on from APAC regional role at the network to become first Asian chair.

WPP moves to dismiss 'frivolous' Johnson discrimination suit

WPP moves to dismiss 'frivolous' Johnson discrimination suit

Erin Johnson "twisted the facts and distorted the context" of former JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez's behavior, say lawyers.

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

The WPP firm's European arm is providing comms support to the country on issues related to its participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

MSLGroup names Stephanie Smith to global client, development role

MSLGroup names Stephanie Smith to global client, development role

The firm credited her with growing its relationship with Netflix from project-based work to a global account.

Communicating EU benefits at heart of new Government Communication Service plan

Communicating EU benefits at heart of new Government Communication Service plan

The Government Communication Service has set out its priorities for the coming year in a plan that includes communicating economic and national security, as well as the benefits of staying in the EU.

Eurozone exchange market Euronext appoints Montfort for strategic comms

Eurozone exchange market Euronext appoints Montfort for strategic comms

Pan-European exchange Euronext, which had more than 1,300 listed issuers and is worth a total of more than €3tr (£2.3tr, $3.37tr) at the end of 2015, has appointed London's Montfort Communications as its UK strategic comms adviser.

Nissan restructures European comms team with new hires and wider remit

Nissan restructures European comms team with new hires and wider remit

Nissan has announced a restructure of its pan-European comms team, with several senior appointments and promotions alongside the transfer of corporate responsibility to the comms division.

In brief: Chinese airline calls on Rooster, Westminster Advisers hires, Nobu books VIP

Chinese airline calls on Rooster, Westminster Advisers hires from Energy UK, Nobu books VIP Worldwide and more from PRWeek UK.

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Forster launches mental health toolkit to support 'pressured' PR industry

Forster launches mental health toolkit to support 'pressured' PR industry

Forster Communications has launched a mental health toolkit for employers - with a special emphasis on the PR industry - following a joint commission from the charity Business in the Community, and Public Health England.

Healthcare group UDG buys UK's second largest health PR firm Pegasus for £16.8m

Healthcare group UDG buys UK's second largest health PR firm Pegasus for £16.8m

Pegasus, the UK's largest comms firm outside of London and second largest in healthcare nationally, has been acquired by FTSE 250-listed healthcare outsourcer UDG Healthcare.

In brief: Former London Mayor PR joins Hull 2017, Typhoo hires Spider, win for TopLine

Hull hires from London Mayor's office, Spider appointed by Typhoo, TopLine wins back recruiter and more from PRWeek UK.

Michael Prescott prepares to leave BT after Ofcom review concludes

Michael Prescott prepares to leave BT after Ofcom review concludes

BT's group director of corporate affairs, Michael Prescott, will leave the business later this year after nearly seven years at the company.

Sky's director of external comms to leave after 16 years

Sky's director of external comms to leave after 16 years

Sky's director of external comms, Robert Fraser, is to leave next month after more than 16 years with the company, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Way to Blue launches beer, Rain recruits, Edelman's health hire, Zeitgeist

Way to Blue brings Super Bock to UK, Rain recruits campaign director, Edelman's health hire, M&C Saatchi gets Movember man and more from PRWeek UK.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell joins public affairs agency JBP

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell joins public affairs agency JBP

Clarence Mitchell, a man familiar to UK audiences as a former BBC royal correspondent and later spokesman for the family of disappeared child Madeleine McCann, has been appointed as a director at public affairs firm JBP.

DONG Energy hires Powerscourt ahead of one of Europe's biggest IPOs this year

DONG Energy hires Powerscourt ahead of one of Europe's biggest IPOs this year

Powerscourt has been hired to handle international comms for the upcoming $11bn (£7.6bn) IPO of Denmark's state-backed energy giant DONG Energy, which is expected to be among the biggest flotations in Europe this year.

OPEN Health acquires international medical comms agency

OPEN Health acquires international medical comms agency

Chicago, Dubai and London medical comms agency Choice Healthcare Solutions (CHS) has been acquired by Chime-owned OPEN Health and will become part of its Succinct operation.

In brief: Livermore to Britain Thinks, QVC hires, easyCar Club appoints, Ruder Finn

Spencer Livermore appointed partner at Britain Thinks, QVC UK's new comms chief, easyCar Club appoints PHA Media and more from PRWeek UK.

Omnicom PR Group acquires healthcare shop Rabin Martin

Omnicom PR Group acquires healthcare shop Rabin Martin

It is the group's first acquisition since it was assembled in February under CEO Karen van Bergen.

Ruder Finn names Burson's Keith Hughes to lead corporate; Rachel Spielman takes new role

Ruder Finn names Burson's Keith Hughes to lead corporate; Rachel Spielman takes new role

Ruder Finn has hired Keith Hughes as the new head of its corporate practice and formalized its EVP of storytelling and media position with Rachel Spielman.

Charlotte Street Partners moves into healthcare and IR with new hires

Charlotte Street Partners moves into healthcare and IR with new hires

London and Edinburgh agency Charlotte Street Partners, whose board includes Roland Rudd and Scottish entrepreneur Sir Angus Grossart, is expanding into the healthcare and investor relations markets.