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Murdoch papers and PR industry welcome Matt Tee as press regulation chief

Murdoch papers and PR industry welcome Matt Tee as press regulation chief

News this morning that the former permanent secretary for government comms, Matt Tee, has been appointed as the first chief executive of the new media regulator, IPSO, has met with a mixed reaction.

Matthew Freud takes 3% stake in Huntsworth as share price languishes

Matthew Freud takes 3% stake in Huntsworth as share price languishes

Matthew Freud has bought around £4m worth of shares in Huntsworth, the owner of Grayling and Citigate, following the listed group issuing a profit warning earlier this month.

Heineken appoints Carlsberg's Joanna Dring to UK comms team

Heineken appoints Carlsberg's Joanna Dring to UK comms team

Heineken has brought in former Carlsberg Group global brand PR manager Joanna Dring as a PR and press manager.

Weber Shandwick appoints filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto to new content role

Weber Shandwick appoints filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto to new content role

Weber Shandwick has hired award-winning filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto for its new head of content and distribution role in the UK.

British Heart Foundation hires Cancer Research UK's comms head Carolan Davidge

British Heart Foundation hires Cancer Research UK's comms head Carolan Davidge

Carolan Davidge has been hired by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to a newly created director of marketing and engagement role.

HSBC's James Thorpe to fill Neil Henderson's shoes at Mastercard

HSBC's James Thorpe to fill Neil Henderson's shoes at Mastercard

Mastercard has hired James Thorpe as head of comms for the UK and Ireland following the exit of Neil Henderson in January.

Matt Tee appointed as new press regulator's first chief executive

Matt Tee appointed as new press regulator's first chief executive

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has appointed Matt Tee, the former permanent secretary for government comms, as its first chief executive.

Engineering body hires Julian Francis as policy and external affairs director

Engineering body hires Julian Francis as policy and external affairs director

Julian Francis has joined the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) as director of policy and external affairs.

Scottish Government labels UK lobbying reforms "mishandled"

Scottish Government labels UK lobbying reforms "mishandled"

The Scottish Government has criticised the handling of lobbying regulation south of the border as it refers the issue to its own parliamentarians.

Edelman revenues rise by double digits in 2013/14 financial year

Edelman revenues rise by double digits in 2013/14 financial year

Global revenues at the world's largest PR firm hit $776.5 million, with Europe, Asia, and Latin America performing particularly well.

Lake Capital to form $400m global group with newly purchased Engine at centre

Lake Capital to form $400m global group with newly purchased Engine at centre

Engine Group's confirmed sale to Lake Capital today will see the advertising-to-PR group combined with Lake's entertainment and research arms to form an independent marketing services group with more than $400m revenues and $50m in profits.

Huntsworth puts Tonic Life founders on gardening leave and installs new team

Huntsworth puts Tonic Life founders on gardening leave and installs new team

Huntsworth has put Tonic Life founders Scott Clark and Oliver Parsons on gardening leave until next January following the pair giving notice of their decision to quit the agency after failing to reach terms about their future involvement.

Neil Wallis charged over News of the World hacking

Neil Wallis charged over News of the World hacking

Former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis has been charged with phone hacking while at the Sunday tabloid.

Matthew Freud invests in Seven Dials and installs new chief at Freuds

Matthew Freud invests in Seven Dials and installs new chief at Freuds

Matthew Freud has acquired a "significant minority" stake in former Independent editor Simon Kelner's PR agency Seven Dials, as well as hiring Seven Dials chair Andrew McGuinness as CEO of Freuds.

MHP owner Engine set to confirm £100m sale to Lake Capital

MHP owner Engine set to confirm £100m sale to Lake Capital

Engine Group, the owner of PR firms MHP Communications and Mischief and ad agency WCRS, is set to confirm its sale to private equity group Lake Capital later today.

Usain Bolt accuses journalists of lies after Commonwealth Games 'gaffe'

Usain Bolt accuses journalists of lies after Commonwealth Games 'gaffe'

Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt has sought to deflect a media storm after he was reported to have said the Commonwealth Games were "a bit shit".

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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.

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.

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Starbucks offers UK agencies chance to dislodge Edelman

Starbucks offers UK agencies chance to dislodge Edelman

Edelman has been put on alert by Starbucks as the coffee company pitches out its UK consumer brief following five years with the agency.

NSA seeks strategic comms leader

NSA seeks strategic comms leader

The National Security Agency is hiring a full-time director of strategic communications.

Government kicks off search for British Business Bank PR agency

Government kicks off search for British Business Bank PR agency

The Government has launched a tender for PR support worth up to £100,000 for a bank intended to make it easier for small businesses to access funding.

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.

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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.

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.