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European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

The importance of social media to European communications professionals appears to be tapering off, according to the latest European Communication Monitor report.

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 has promoted its head of corporate press James MacLeod in the wake of press and publicity director Jane Fletcher taking a job at Sky.

RLM Finsbury names Goldberg partner

NEW YORK: RLM Finsbury has tapped former FTI Consulting senior MD Kal Goldberg as partner, based in the firm's New York office.

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

The Chinese developer of One Nine Elms, a luxury hotel and apartment complex planned to open in Vauxhall in 2018, has brought in FTI Consulting.

Unity appoints Davnet Doran to managing director role

Unity appoints Davnet Doran to managing director role

Unity has appointed Davnet Doran, who joined as a director last year, to the new role of managing director, allowing co-founders Nik Done and Gerry Hopkinson more time to grow its client offering.

Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Several special advisers including former Hanover consultant James Wild are following their senior Conservative bosses to new departments.

George Pitcher: No conflict of interest in dual journalism and Jericho role

George Pitcher: No conflict of interest in dual journalism and Jericho role

George Pitcher has said there is "no conflict of interest whatsoever" in him being both editor-in-chief of the International Business Times and chairman of strategic communications agency Jericho Chambers.

Cohn & Wolfe expands into Thailand

Cohn & Wolfe expands into Thailand

The opening of its new office in Bangkok the PR firm signals new momentum for PR business in Southeast Asia as the region inches towards greater economic integration

Waggener Edstrom launches WE Infinity analytics platform

The platform, built in-house by WE, measures a comms campaign's perception, engagement, amplification, and reach, comparing its overall performance with intended objectives.

Commonwealth Games sponsors take chance to play to a wider public

Commonwealth Games sponsors take chance to play to a wider public

The Commonwealth Games opens tomorrow for 12 days of events following the opening ceremonies, but how are the official sponsors using the opportunity to promote their brands?

Former Ford digital comms lead Monty to join Shift later this month

Former Ford digital comms lead Monty to join Shift later this month

Monty left his role as global digital communications leader at Ford in May.

Omnicom PR revenue up 4.1% in second quarter

Omnicom PR revenue up 4.1% in second quarter

Omnicom Group's PR revenue was up 4.1% on an organic basis in the second quarter of this year. For the year to date, PR revenue was up 2.7% organically.

Julian Walker joins AMEC as director of comms

Julian Walker joins AMEC as director of comms

Engineering and project management company AMEC has appointed Julian Walker as director of comms on a permanent basis following an interim stint.

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 meeting over "unjustified" arrangements

Copyright Licensing Agency rebuffs PRCA call for meeting 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.

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China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

The two global fast food chains scramble to assure Chinese customers after a TV sting report accuses supplier of processing expired meat. What can these MNCs do to win back consumer trust in the wake of the latest scandal to hit their credibility?

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.

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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 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.

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.