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WPP, Ogilvy PR prep for wave of journalists at second Suez Canal opening

WPP, Ogilvy PR prep for wave of journalists at second Suez Canal opening

A coalition of WPP agencies won the account earlier this summer.

Greenpeace holds Titanic-themed musical protest at Shell HQ over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace holds Titanic-themed musical protest at Shell HQ over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace held a Titanic-themed musical protest outside Shell's offices this morning after the oil company began drilling operations in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea last week.

Procter & Gamble cuts agencies by 40 per cent in efficiency drive

Procter & Gamble cuts agencies by 40 per cent in efficiency drive

Procter & Gamble (P&G), the consumer products company, is reducing the number of agencies it works with globally in PR, advertising and marketing, to improve spending efficiency across the business.

The PR Office wins Jewish Leadership Council brief

The PR Office has won a retained brief to work with The Jewish Leadership Council following a competitive three-way pitch.

Grayling announces global creative and digital appointments

Grayling announces global creative and digital appointments

Grayling has announced two senior promotions to the new roles of global creative director and global head of digital marketing.

Journalist Jon Wynne-Jones joins Burson-Marsteller as senior media adviser

Journalist Jon Wynne-Jones joins Burson-Marsteller as senior media adviser

Burson-Marsteller has appointed former Independent, Telegraph and Mail Online journalist Jon Wynne-Jones to its UK corporate and brand team.

Global management consultancy Appirio hires Octopus

Octopus Group has secured a brief with global management consultancy Appirio to handle an ongoing PR and content marketing campaign.

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard is to split its UK public affairs and corporate arm into two divisions, and has appointed former Teneo SVP Michelle di Leo to lead the new standalone public affairs team.

To use Farage or not, that is the EU campaign question, public affairs firms say

To use Farage or not, that is the EU campaign question, public affairs firms say

As UKIP kicked off its EU referendum campaign yesterday, the campaign faces a difficult choice over how prominently to use Nigel Farage to communicate its key messages, public affairs experts say.

Chime Communications agrees to sell to WPP and Providence for £374m

Chime Communications agrees to sell to WPP and Providence for £374m

A consortium of WPP and private equity firm Providence has had its offer to acquire sports marketing and comms group Chime Communications for £374m accepted.

GoGen was not 'sunk by silence', says PR that represented under-fire fundraisers

GoGen was not 'sunk by silence', says PR that represented under-fire fundraisers

The PR firm that represented the fundraising agency GoGen before it went into administration has refuted the suggestion that the agency was sunk by its own silence in the face of Daily Mail allegations.

Agencies on board for LinkedIn's 'largest ever' UK consumer PR campaign

Agencies on board for LinkedIn's 'largest ever' UK consumer PR campaign

Brands2Life, Firstlight PR and Kallaway are supporting LinkedIn's 'Bring In Your Parents' (BIYP) initiative, a global campaign to engage parents with their child's career, in what is set to be the social networking site's largest consumer campaign in the UK to date.

Manifest London hires Trish Champeneri of M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment

Manifest London has made another senior hire with the appointment of Trish Champeneri from M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment as business director.

Hills Balfour to represent Mauritius and Tourisme Québec

Hills Balfour to represent Mauritius and Tourisme Québec

Hills Balfour has won bids to handle promotion and comms for both Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) and Tourisme Québec in the UK.

Prince William's favourite burger stunt 'creates 170m opportunities to see' in Welsh Lamb campaign

Prince William's favourite burger stunt 'creates 170m opportunities to see' in Welsh Lamb campaign

PR firm The Agency says it achieved an 'opportunity to see' (OTS) of 170 million with a PR stunt involving revealing the 'top-secret' recipe for Prince William's favourite lamb burger, as part of a campaign for its client Welsh Lamb.

Coca-Cola issues reserved rebuttal to viral infographic comparing it to heroin

Coca-Cola issues reserved rebuttal to viral infographic comparing it to heroin

A viral infographic discussing the negative effects of drinking a can of Coca-Cola has been played down by the drinks firm.

Latest news analysis

Teneo: The ambition is global

Teneo: The ambition is global

The acquisition of Blue Rubicon and StockWell by Teneo Holdings last week has sent shockwaves through the industry. The scale of the ambition is huge: to set up a global City and crisis shop to challenge stalwarts such as Finsbury and Brunswick, and become the market leaders in this field. PRWeek assesses the impact on the industry as well as what it says about the health of the mergers and acquisitions market for PR agencies in the UK and beyond.

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

A new survey shows that the stubborn issue of the gender pay gap refuses to go away, despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago. It reveals that men in the PR and comms industry are, on average, paid £10,000 more than women and that they receive a "staggering" £65,000 more in bonus payments than women in equivalent roles.

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.

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Four agencies in the running for Vodafone consumer brief

Four agencies in the running for Vodafone consumer brief

Vodafone has put its consumer and social media work up for review, with incumbent Burson-Marsteller believed to be among the final four agencies.

Virgin Wines pops the cork on 'open' pitch for consumer campaign

Virgin Wines pops the cork on 'open' pitch for consumer campaign

Online wine retailer Virgin Wines is inviting pitches from agencies for a consumer-focused PR campaign.

Six-figure New York tourism account up for grabs in the UK

Six-figure New York tourism account up for grabs in the UK

The budget on the account is worth up to $250,000 per year.

Saga considers agencies for wealth management launch

Saga considers agencies for wealth management launch

Saga is in discussion with agencies for a consumer-focused awareness-raising campaign around the launch of a wealth management business.

Recent European PR news

InterContinental Hotels Group hires Cicero for public affairs brief

InterContinental Hotels Group hires Cicero for public affairs brief

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns and operates brands including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, has appointed Cicero to a new retained public affairs brief covering London and Brussels.

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA has taken on US-based consulting firm Teneo Holdings as the world football governing body looks to deal with its ongoing crisis.

WPP buys majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications

WPP has grown its European PR footprint after buying a majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications (NWC).

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.