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Ex-Fleishman and Burson-Marsteller director Nigel Roberts dies of heart attack

Ex-Fleishman and Burson-Marsteller director Nigel Roberts dies of heart attack

Nigel Roberts, a business journalist turned senior PR figure and latterly founder of Strategic Media Intelligence, has died following a heart attack.

'We are very sorry': HIV clinic makes Twitter apology after confidential data released

'We are very sorry': HIV clinic makes Twitter apology after confidential data released

A sexual health and HIV care clinic in London has issued a public apology via Twitter and contacted individuals affected after confidential patient data was accidentally shared on email.

News UK announces return of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive

News UK announces return of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive

News Corp has announced the reappointment of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive officer of News UK, the owners of The Sun and Times titles.

CSR is good PR: charity partnerships increase consumer loyalty, finds Forster

CSR is good PR: charity partnerships increase consumer loyalty, finds Forster

Nearly two in three consumers say they feel businesses should work more with charities to tackle social and environmental issues, and just under half say they would be more likely to buy products from a firm that endorses a charity.

Industry launches updated Barcelona Principles to measure the value of PR

Industry launches updated Barcelona Principles to measure the value of PR

A new framework for measuring the performance of communications has been launched, with an aim of reflecting the changing media landscape.

Thomas Cook rebuilds PR and comms function in wake of Corfu deaths

Thomas Cook rebuilds PR and comms function in wake of Corfu deaths

Thomas Cook, Britain's best-known holiday firm, has rebuilt its UK and Ireland comms function in the wake of the damaging scandal over its handling of the deaths of two children in Corfu in 2006.

Ogilvy PR hires Blue Rubicon's Jeremy Lucas as corporate director

Ogilvy PR hires Blue Rubicon's Jeremy Lucas as corporate director

Ogilvy PR has appointed Jeremy Lucas from Blue Rubicon as director of corporate and public affairs.

Drop criminal sanctions for lobbying breaches, Scottish lobbyists tell Government

Drop criminal sanctions for lobbying breaches, Scottish lobbyists tell Government

Public affairs firms have warned the Scottish Government to drop criminal sanctions as part of measures to be introduced in a new Lobbying Bill.

Ex-Treasury economist to run Westminster Policy Institute spin-off consultancy

Ex-Treasury economist to run Westminster Policy Institute spin-off consultancy

Westminster Policy Institute launched a consultancy today led by former Treasury economist Matthew Oakley.

In brief: Cheapflights hires Bloomfield to head PR, WhatsOnStage.com chief joins Corner Shop, MHP gets McDougle, 26 Letters, FleishmanHillard

In brief: Cheapflights hires Bloomfield to head PR, WhatsOnStage.com chief joins Corner Shop, MHP gets McDougle, 26 Letters, FleishmanHillard

Cheapflights hires Bloomfield from Virgin Holidays to head PR, WhatsOnStage.com managing editor to join Corner Shop PR, MHP gets WPP's McDougle for business development, 26 Letters PR appointed for two RAF airbase regenerations, Yin leads Fleishman in Singapore and more from PRWeek UK.

Wikipedia blocks 381 paid advocates, but CIPR warns PRs have 'zero to gain' from breaking rules

Wikipedia blocks 381 paid advocates, but CIPR warns PRs have 'zero to gain' from breaking rules

The CIPR has warned PRs that they have "absolutely zero to gain" in subverting the rules around editing Wikipedia articles on behalf of an employer or client.

Google logo: 20 best Twitter reactions from agencies, designers and brands

Google logo: 20 best Twitter reactions from agencies, designers and brands

Google's logo change lit up social media, with designers, agencies, individuals and companies including the PR firm Manifest London all joining the discussion.

Bell Pottinger litigation support helps secure Suzuki court victory in four-year Volkswagen case

Bell Pottinger litigation support helps secure Suzuki court victory in four-year Volkswagen case

Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation has won a major decision against rival manufacturer Volkswagen in the International Court of Arbitration with help from the litigation support team of comms firm Bell Pottinger.

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners takes on Montfort Communications after five-way pitch

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners takes on Montfort Communications after five-way pitch

Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners, the newly merged group offering wealth management and other support to wealthy families, has appointed Montfort Communications as its comms adviser.

Farage won't lead EU 'Out' campaign but he's not out of the picture, say public affairs experts

Farage won't lead EU 'Out' campaign but he's not out of the picture, say public affairs experts

The UKIP leader's announcement that he does not want to spearhead the official campaign for the UK's exit from the EU still leaves room for him to make noise ahead of the referendum, public affairs consultants say - although they differ in their views of the implications of this.

Hack turned council PR man pens racy novel - about hack turned council PR man

Hack turned council PR man pens racy novel - about hack turned council PR man

The comms manager at a Kent council has published his debut novel, a tale of sex, scandal, intrigue, politics and death whose central character's career mirrors that of his PR man author.

Cicero appoints Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew for corporate PR

Cicero appoints Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew for corporate PR

Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew is to join Cicero Group as a senior counsel working in its corporate PR and public affairs practices.

Charities rebut accusations of wrongdoing after fundraising privacy exposé

Charities rebut accusations of wrongdoing after fundraising privacy exposé

A number of charities have defended their fundraising and privacy practices despite an investigation uncovering possible unlawful and unethical behaviour.

In brief: Supermarket baker Finsbury hires Beattie, Ranieri works with Smarter, Weleda takes on Pegasus, Ketchum, Matter PR

In brief: Supermarket baker Finsbury hires Beattie, Ranieri works with Smarter, Weleda takes on Pegasus, Ketchum, Matter PR

Supermarket baker Finsbury hires Beattie; Ranieri works with wifi coffee machine maker Smarter; Weleda takes on Pegasus for consumer comms; Ketchum's London office retained by dwell and more from PRWeek UK.

Edelman grows 8.5% in 2014/15 financial year

Edelman grows 8.5% in 2014/15 financial year

Global revenues at the world's largest PR firm rose to $833 million in the 12 months to June 30, 2015, while the US was up 9% to $504.7 million in the same period.

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Former TV correspondent Cordelia Kretzschmar joins Oxfam as head of PR

Former TV correspondent Cordelia Kretzschmar joins Oxfam as head of PR

Oxfam has appointed former Good Morning Britain news correspondent Cordelia Kretzschmar as head of public relations.

Shazam brings on Grooveshark's James Pearson for global comms

Shazam brings on Grooveshark's James Pearson for global comms

Pearson succeeds former Shazam comms leader Brendan Lewis, who left the music app in June.

In brief: Multitude promotes YouTube's Janoskians, Tess Mion to join Rain, Threepipe, CFA Marketing

In brief: Multitude promotes YouTube's Janoskians, Tess Mion to join Rain, Threepipe, CFA Marketing

Multitude Media handles The Janoskians; Tess Mion to join Rain as campaign director; Standard Chartered picks Threepipe for girls' skills campaign and more from PRWeek UK.

Havas reports 'strong' first half as PR business holds its own

Havas reports 'strong' first half as PR business holds its own

Havas saw net income rise 27.6 per cent to €77m (£56.2m, $86.6m) in the first half of 2015, with the performance of the PR business "consistent with or better than" that of the company overall.

In brief: Manifest London hired by glue maker, We Are Social's new US boss, Tangerine, Lotus UK

In brief: Manifest London hired by glue maker, We Are Social's new US boss, Tangerine, Lotus UK

Manifest London hired to increase Sugru awareness and sales; We Are Social US founder departs; Inspiresport appoints Lotus UK to support global expansion and more from PRWeek UK.

30 Under 30's Andy Silvester returns to Institute of Directors from TaxPayers' Alliance

30 Under 30's Andy Silvester returns to Institute of Directors from TaxPayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance campaign director Andy Silvester - one of the PRWeek 30 Under 30 for 2015 - will return to the Institute of Directors on 9 September as its head of campaigns.

In brief: Fila hires Three Halves, Udemy appoints CubanEight, Italy's SEC acquires Germany's Kohl, Aspectus, BRANDstand

In brief: Fila hires Three Halves, Udemy appoints CubanEight, Italy's SEC acquires Germany's Kohl, Aspectus, BRANDstand

Fila hires Three Halves to lead UK digital comms; Udemy appoints CubanEight for UK PR brief; Italy's SEC acquires Germany's Kohl PR and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Hozelock appoints The Ideas Network, The Cult PR gets street food deal, Bottle hires editor

In brief: Hozelock appoints The Ideas Network, The Cult PR gets street food deal, Bottle hires editor

Hozelock brings in The Ideas Network on year-long contract; Street food firm Magicgoal hires The Cult PR; Bottle appoints Liz Beswick as editor and more from PRWeek UK.

Barclays hires Tesco's Tom Hoskin to head media relations

Barclays hires Tesco's Tom Hoskin to head media relations

Tesco group media relations director Tom Hoskin is to leave his role to join Barclays in the new position of MD for group media relations.

Acumen PR co-founder Alistair McLean retires next month leaving Kevin Dorrian in charge

Acumen PR co-founder Alistair McLean retires next month leaving Kevin Dorrian in charge

Alistair McLean, the co-founder of Edinburgh-based agency Acumen PR, will retire at the end of September, leaving the other founding director Kevin Dorrian in sole charge of the business.

Chime shareholders to vote on WPP/Providence acquisition on 14 September

Chime shareholders to vote on WPP/Providence acquisition on 14 September

Shareholders of Chime Communications are to vote on the proposed £374m acquisition of the firm by a consortium of WPP and Providence on 14 September, with the acquisition expected to be completed in the following month.

In brief: Made in Chelsea and Frank PR, Red, Ketchum, Albion Drive, TVC

In brief: Made in Chelsea and Frank PR, Red, Ketchum, Albion Drive, TVC

Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing hires Frank PR for candy brand; Crest Nicholson hires Red; Nick Darken moves into Albion Drive creative directorship; Gretchen Huestis moves from London to launch Ketchum Change in Asia; and more from PRWeek UK.

PR moves at Porsche and Mercedes after Paul Buckett takes new VW role

PR moves at Porsche and Mercedes after Paul Buckett takes new VW role

In-house PRs have moved roles between vehicle retailers Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, after a new more senior role was created at the latter firm.