The Metropolitan Police comms operation moved into high-alert mode on Wednesday afternoon during what the force described as a terrorist attack on Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.
In brief: ex-Hammond spad joins Newgate, Cow wins Micro Scooters, Mercieca has its Weetabix, energy briefs for FTI
Newgate hires another ex-spad, Cow wins Micro Scooters brief, trio of energy briefs for FTI, Mercieca has its Weetabix as a new client and more from PRWeek UK.
PR legend Matthew Freud made a rare appearance on stage yesterday for a live interview with PRWeek UK editor-in- chief, Danny Rogers. The session was called 'Harnessing fame for the greater good.'
The Metropolitan Police's comms team is preparing for the eventuality of dealing with a terror attack in London, including taking part in a dramatic terrorist hijacking and rescue staged on the River Thames on Sunday (19 March).
Google's only solution to scrutiny and boycott over its treatment of offensive and extremist content is tangible action, having sat on the problem for too long, senior UK PR professionals agree.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is taking a more targeted approach to its comms, in response to significantly reduced resources, PRWeek can reveal.
The agency did not immediately name a successor.
The BBC's in-house creative team has collaborated with the creators of sitcom W1A to produce a special for Red Nose Day, promising "ground-breaking fundraising ideas, immediately delivered from a blue sky thinking session".
Some government comms teams have shrunk from significant cuts while others have grown bigger, according to recently released figures provided to MPs - triggering criticism of Whitehall departments that have not reduced the amount they spend on comms.
'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal
The EMEA boss of Google has offered an apology to public and private sector advertisers in a growing row over ads appearing next to extremist videos on YouTube.
West Sussex County Council has employed PR techniques to raise awareness among 159 local councils and nearly a million people within its boundaries about access to an online mapping tool to protect themselves from flooding.
Grayling "fired" a number of clients last year due to their "exploitative" practices, the boss of the agency's holding company has told PRWeek.
Previously, he had a two-year stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
For World Water Day (Wednesday 22 March), London's Houston PR and the social enterprise One Water have created a water bottle that makes its contents appears dirty.
Hermione Way, former European head of comms at Tinder, has joined blockchain-based start-up dating network Matchpool as a communications advisor.
Workspace Group, the FTSE250 owner and operator of 65 properties housing more than 4,000 companies across London, has replaced Bell Pottinger with Edelman UK as its retained corporate comms advisor.
Bar and restaurant group hires FSC, Hotwire wins video platform, Bell Pottinger joins forces with law firm and more from PRWeek UK.
David Beckham and a further 11 former and current England footballers are starring in a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness of bowel cancer - the disease that killed one of the country's greatest ever players.
Huntsworth's losses narrowed in 2016 thanks to a strong performance from the holding company's health comms arm, and despite a "difficult" year for Grayling, whose like-for-like revenue fell 17.4 per cent.
Telecoms brand Sony Mobile has appointed Fever to handle UK PR, ahead of the launch of its new Xperia range.
Account Director, Consumer Lifestyle, Central London The Foundry - Original London (Central), London (Greater)
Community Manager, Digital, Technology Brands, Central London The Foundry - Digital London (Central), London (Greater)
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PR Account Manager - Luxury Travel PR Reuben Sinclair London
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Frank hired for Chuck Norris game, chocolatier and tea brand brief Spider, Promote hires Hussain and more from PRWeek UK.
London-based W Communications has bought Newcastle's Glue PR, which will be rebranded as W North.
Manifest has promoted director Neil Hallmark to managing director of its London office, following four years at the agency.
Insurance giant Legal & General has hired former BBC and Sky journalist and presenter Dharshini David as corporate affairs director.
Milk & Honey PR hires Jo Cresswell from Rostrum, Radioactive PR wins child care site, Greenbrook appoints former IoD chief, Golin expands its digital division and more from PRWeek UK.
M&C Saatchi's PR agencies outperformed the company as a whole in 2016, which it labelled an "outstanding year" as pre-tax profit grew 18 per cent to £23.7m ($29.1m).
NHS Blood and Transplant has appointed Steve Park as its new assistant director of comms.
Senior comms experts from John Lewis, Edelman, Virgin Media, UKTV and Spark PR have been added to the stellar line up for PR360, PRWeek's must-attend conference in London next month.
Jeremy Galbraith has stepped down as Burson-Marsteller EMEA chief executive after 22 years at the agency.
Dori Pasternak-Busell is leading the firm's U.S. practice in New York.
PR firm Golley Slater has closed its office in Leeds, following a restructure of the business that will see the company focus on its work in Cardiff and London.
Digital marketing and comms agency Caliber Interactive has appointed former Grayling COO Rav Singh as its new global CEO.
Matt Ridsdale, joint CEO of PR agency Tavistock, is to join National Lottery operator Camelot as head of strategic communications, as fellow joint CEO Jos Simson is named as the agency's sole chief executive.