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Neil Wallis cleared of phone hacking

Neil Wallis cleared of phone hacking

Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World, has been cleared of conspiring to illegally intercept voicemail messages.

City has 'patchwork' approach to social media, says Bell Pottinger's Greg Wood

City has 'patchwork' approach to social media, says Bell Pottinger's Greg Wood

The City's approach to using social media is a "patchwork" and "less advanced" than the US, according to Bell Pottinger partner and former broadcast journalist Greg Wood.

Brands show their light-hearted side with 'hottest day of the year' hashtag

Brands show their light-hearted side with 'hottest day of the year' hashtag

The hottest day in the UK for decade has given brands the perfect opportunity to engage with customers via social media.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment partners with Heineken for Rugby World Cup campaign

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment partners with Heineken for Rugby World Cup campaign

Official Rugby World Cup 2015 partner Heineken is preparing a two-pronged campaign devised by PR agency M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment plus creative and digital firms St. Lukes, RPM, Possible and Publicasity.

Protein World 'beach body ready' ad not offensive, ASA rules

Protein World 'beach body ready' ad not offensive, ASA rules

Protein World's controversial "beach body ready" poster is not offensive, according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Forensiq hires GingerMay PR for UK push

Forensiq, the fraud detection provider for the online ad industry, has appointed GingerMay PR as it looks to roll out in Britain.

Joyce Lorigan to head global comms arm at science publisher Springer Nature

Joyce Lorigan to head global comms arm at science publisher Springer Nature

Recently formed science publishing giant Springer Nature has created a 40-strong global comms team headed by former Macmillan comms director Joyce Lorigan, which will work alongside a new policy and external relations department.

Michael Mullen named global comms chief in new Kraft Heinz Company

Michael Mullen named global comms chief in new Kraft Heinz Company

Michael Mullen, SVP of corporate and government affairs at Heinz, is to take the same role at the new, enlarged business following its expected merger with Kraft that will create one of the world's largest food and drink companies.

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace has produced a new campaign film that celebrates electronic motor sport Formula E.

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

The UK Public Affairs Council has announced that it is closing with immediate effect and handing over responsibility for its register of lobbyists to the CIPR.

Japanese food supplier V&H signs up Palm PR amid retail drive

Japanese food supplier V&H signs up Palm PR amid retail drive

V&H, the supplier of Japanese food to well-known restaurants and restaurant groups, has appointed Palm PR as its first comms agency as it launches a retail offering.

Tonic Life secures comms role with European Connected Health Alliance

Tonic Life Communications has been appointed as strategic comms partner for the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), the not-for-profit alliance of organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Tech company chief executives elusive on social media

Tech company chief executives elusive on social media

Tech company chief executives are almost as elusive on social media as those from the UK FTSE 100, according to a new study.

Cirkle hires Diageo veteran Kate Blakeley to deputy MD role

Cirkle hires Diageo veteran Kate Blakeley to deputy MD role

Cirkle has appointed Kate Blakeley, Diageo's former head of reputation management for Western Europe, to the newly created role of deputy managing director.

Way to Blue boosts social media analytics with Screenburn purchase

Way to Blue boosts social media analytics with Screenburn purchase

Global comms agency Way To Blue has acquired UK-based marketing apps business Screenburn Media to strengthen its social media and analytics offerings.

Hotwire adds IntechnologyWiFi account to tech division

Hotwire adds IntechnologyWiFi account to tech division

Hotwire has won a three-way pitch to provide strategic media relations and content creation services for IntechnologyWiFi, the end-to-end provider of free Wi-Fi.

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Flexible hiring is the new Holy Grail so could it become the norm any time soon?

Flexible hiring is the new Holy Grail so could it become the norm any time soon?

Research suggests that PR and comms are among the worst industries for offering staff flexible working conditions at the point of hire. Just two per cent of all vacancies in PR, marketing and advertising mentioned flexible working, according to the Timewise Flexible Jobs Index, the first study of its kind, which studied 3.5 million job ads across 122 national jobs boards between July and December 2014 to arrive at its findings.

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, as the group employs ever more sophisticated methods to radicalise young people online. The Government is concerned that existing programmes to combat radicalisation are failing to provide a coherent alternative message to counter the extremists, and are allowing them the space to present themselves as successful.

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

The public is looking at how FIFA's global sponsors will behave in the wake of grave corruption charges against the group's officials.

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Figures released this week in a salary survey have revealed that financial PRs are among the best-paid professionals in the industry, although corporate PRs are catching up fast, with in-house and consumer PRs bringing up the rear.

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook bears all the hallmarks of a company about to implode under the weight of public disgust. This is due to its handling of the tragedy in which two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006. The deaths, together with the ensuing inquest verdict of unlawful killing last Wednesday, in which Thomas Cook was found to have "breached its duty of care", is a nightmare scenario for a company that has previously been synonymous with family-friendly holidays.

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

It was a night that began with low expectations of a definitive result but that ended in a shock victory for David Cameron's Conservatives.

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

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Internet Matters looks for PR coverage to soar after picking Up Communications

Internet Matters looks for PR coverage to soar after picking Up Communications

Not-for-profit safety organisation Internet Matters has hired Up Communications following a five-way pitch.

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor, the UK's largest recycling firm, is in the final stages of cutting its PR agency roster from six to one amid a £1.8bn infrastructure overhaul that has also seen a shake-up in its internal comms department, PRWeek has learned.

Lexis secures consumer PR brief for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates

Lexis secures consumer PR brief for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates

Lexis has won the consumer PR business for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates, following a competitive pitch against four other agencies.

HELLO! Fashion Monthly waves in W to boost brand awareness

HELLO! Fashion Monthly waves in W to boost brand awareness

UK glossy magazine HELLO! Fashion Monthly has commissioned W to handle its PR on a retained basis after a competitive pitch.

Recent European PR news

Polish music festival Open'er hires Shine for UK PR brief

Shine Communications has been appointed to handle UK PR for Open'er, the Polish music festival.

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman has announced the appointment of Esther Busscher from FleishmanHillard as general manager of its Brussels business.

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin has opened an office in Istanbul just days after it launched an office in Moscow with Russian partner Comunica.

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Germany's minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble is the most unpopular figure in the bail-out debate and the Greek prime minister and finance minister have double the support of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, according to research by Talkwalker.