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UKIP's Douglas Carswell "coup" grabs media as party conferences loom

UKIP's Douglas Carswell "coup" grabs media as party conferences loom

UKIP's "coup" of luring Eurosceptic Tory Douglas Carswell has been dubbed a masterstroke of political timing, despite the best efforts of CCHQ to minimise the blow.

Veteran games PR Jonnie Bryant joins Jagex from Blizzard

Veteran games PR Jonnie Bryant joins Jagex from Blizzard

The maker of massively multiplayer online game RuneScape has hired Jonnie Bryant as head of PR as it prepares to launch Transformers Universe.

Tories slam Carswell's defection as counterproductive to referendum chances

Tories slam Carswell's defection as counterproductive to referendum chances

The Conservative Party's press operation has trained its guns on Douglas Carswell after the backbencher announced he would force a by-election in which he will stand as an MP for UKIP.

Chime chief sees growth in content production and distribution

Chime chief sees growth in content production and distribution

Chime Communications' PR and sports marketing agencies are seeing double-digit growth in revenues from content production, according to group CEO Chris Satterthwaite.

Rotherham child abuse scandal prompts warning to 'leak-chasing' councils

Rotherham child abuse scandal prompts warning to 'leak-chasing' councils

The Times journalist who helped uncover the Rotherham child abuse scandal has attacked Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of previous inquiries and warned its successors not to be "tempted to chase leaks rather than act on their failings".

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Corporate concierge company Ten Group has hired Fever PR board director Zoe Sobol to help it attract consumers to its services.

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Christie will serve as VP of international media. He will manage media relations for Alibaba outside of Greater China. Meanwhile, Kuperman will be responsible for leading international strategic comms initiatives for Alibaba.

Siegel+Gale study: Healthcare brands need to better connect with consumers

The branding firm surveyed 1,100 consumers in the US and UK, who rated healthcare areas such as primary-care physicians and specialists, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, hospitals, and pharmacies.

Bell Pottinger fails to see funny side of satirical site's claim it works for ISIS

Bell Pottinger fails to see funny side of satirical site's claim it works for ISIS

A Middle Eastern satirical website has removed a story about Bell Pottinger being hired by fundamentalist group Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) following a complaint from the agency.

Kantar study segments social media brand engagement

Kantar study segments social media brand engagement

More than half of Britain's adult population engaged in social media are 'social spectators' who do little to increase their brand interest or create positive associations with brands online, according to a study by Kantar Media.

CIPR maternity leave initiative aims to tackle "inexcusable" exodus of women

CIPR maternity leave initiative aims to tackle "inexcusable" exodus of women

The CIPR has introduced a number of measures to help members navigate the challenges of maternity leave as it attempts to stem the "inexcusable" amount of women leaving the industry.

3 Monkeys benefits as United Biscuits ends Publicasity relationship

3 Monkeys benefits as United Biscuits ends Publicasity relationship

United Biscuits has consolidated its comms arrangements, ending a long-term relationship with Publicasity by shifting its trade PR work to 3 Monkeys Communications.

PHA beats three to PhD Nutrition sports supplement account

PHA beats three to PhD Nutrition sports supplement account

PHA Media has won a brief to handle the PR for sports supplement company PhD Nutrition following a four-way pitch process.

Good Relations profits plunge but sports helps Chime achieve overall growth

Good Relations profits plunge but sports helps Chime achieve overall growth

The PR businesses of former Bell Pottinger parent group Chime Communications have reported a drop in profits in the first half of 2014.

Techne-Comm appoints Whiteoaks for NHS mail achiving brief

Whiteoaks has been appointed by Techne-Comm to provide PR and marketing for its NHS email archiving product Mailsafe.

Ecover hands Lexis European work ahead of major relaunch

Ecover hands Lexis European work ahead of major relaunch

Cleaning brand Ecover has handed Lexis a new European brief as it prepares a relaunch focused on convincing consumers its eco-friendliness does not compromise on quality.

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PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

With Malaysia Airlines contemplating a change of name following two passenger aircraft tragedies close together, PRWeek asks whether a rebrand is the right course.

Planning the evolution of press releases

Planning the evolution of press releases

Don't expect press releases to cease to exist anytime soon. But look for them to evolve rather than die out.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

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.

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Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

The multibillion-pound company pension safety net launched by the government nearly ten years ago is hunting for external PR support for the first time.

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Agency assistance is being sought to promote Portsmouth International Port, with the work potentially worth up to £750,000 over five years.

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

One of the 'big six' energy firms has begun approaching PR agencies to gauge their interest in pitching for consumer-led work currently held by 3 Monkeys and Tangerine PR.

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

UK-based domestic and European airline Flybe is in talks with agencies about its corporate and financial PR after a decade with Instinctif Partners.

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Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt is handling comms for the Bank of Cyprus, which last week secured a major funding boost following a disastrous year.

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

MSLGroup has hired former Weber Shandwick digital chief James Warren in an EMEA-wide role as the agency labels digital "a top priority".

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.

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".

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.