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Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Financial and corporate comms agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson is understood to be working with Telefónica around industry consolidation as Hutchison Whampoa (HW), the Hong Kong-based owner of UK network Three, targets a £9.25bn acquisition of its UK business O2.

Global satellite group Inmarsat leaves Brunswick for Instinctif in six-figure deal

Global satellite group Inmarsat leaves Brunswick for Instinctif in six-figure deal

Inmarsat, the UK-based satellite operator that rose to international prominence when it helped plot the course of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane last March, has replaced Brunswick with Instinctif as its retained PR agency.

Charlotte Street Partners hires Robert Ballantyne as associate partner

Charlotte Street Partners hires Robert Ballantyne as associate partner

Robert Ballantyne, former deputy chairman at financial PR agency Cardew Group, is to join Charlotte Street Partners as associate partner, starting immediately

Madano promotes Nick Turton to head energy practice

Business comms consultancy Madano has promoted Nick Turton, formerly head of news for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), to head its energy practice and announced a further two appointments in the division.

Charles Watson leaves Karma Communications

Charles Watson leaves Karma Communications

Charles Watson, the group chairman at Karma Communications, has stepped down.

Digital Democracy Commission adopts key PRCA recommendations for final report

Digital Democracy Commission adopts key PRCA recommendations for final report

Parliamentarians from the Digital Democracy Commission have adopted suggestions by PRCA members as "key targets" in their final report.

Mary Portas' comms agency wins global PR account for Clarks shoes

Mary Portas' comms agency wins global PR account for Clarks shoes

Clarks has appointed Portas to manage its global PR account following a three-way pitch.

PRWeek's PR360 global industry extravaganza set for April

PRWeek's PR360 global industry extravaganza set for April

Tickets are now available for the inaugural PR360 event in London, a must-attend gathering of PR professionals from across the globe featuring insights from some of the world's leading comms figures.

Donky appoints Liberty Communications to raise UK profile

Donky appoints Liberty Communications to raise UK profile

Liberty Communications has won a three-way pitch for Donky, a mobile engagement platform, to support its launch into the UK and US markets and grow brand awareness.

Ollie Wilson leaves CLA to launch Brighton-based agency MatchFit Media

Ollie Wilson has left his role as director of comms at the Country Landowners of England and Wales (CLA) to launch MatchFit Media, a PR and contract publishing agency in Brighton.

Spotify drops M&C Saatchi PR and seeks UK consumer agency

Spotify drops M&C Saatchi PR and seeks UK consumer agency

Digital music service Spotify is looking for a new consumer PR agency as it ends its relationship with M&C Saatchi PR, which also covered Spotify's corporate and b2b accounts.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust launches Smear for Smear selfie campaign

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust launches Smear for Smear selfie campaign

A cervical cancer charity hopes to replicate the success of social media campaigns like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Cancer Research UK's No Make-Up Selfie by encouraging women to share "lipstick smear selfies".

Freuds works on Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone campaign

Freuds works on Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone campaign

Freuds is providing PR support for the launch of a high-profile new campaign for Warburtons Bakery featuring Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone.

MUSE Group acquires Yorkshire-based agency SO PR

MUSE Group acquires Yorkshire-based agency SO PR

MUSE Group, which owns We Are Native, Capricorn Rising and Mason Williams, has bought Yorkshire-based SO PR for an undisclosed sum, PRWeek has learned.

The Sun head of PR Dylan Sharpe apologises for tweet to Page 3 critics

The Sun head of PR Dylan Sharpe apologises for tweet to Page 3 critics

Dylan Sharpe, The Sun's head of PR, has released a statement apologising after he tweeted Page 3 critics with an image of the winking topless model from yesterday's paper.

Pagefield joins global network ECCO International Public Relations

Corporate comms agency Pagefield has joined ECCO International Public Relations, a global public relations and marketing services network that operates across 40 countries.

Latest news analysis

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

Tesco's recent troubles read like a horror story: an accounting scandal that has forced huge changes at the top, a plummeting share price, falling sales and lost consumer confidence as shoppers turn to discount retailers such as Lidl and Aldi.

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

It could be argued that it has never been more important for the representatives of Islam in the UK to communicate the religion's true purpose to both Muslims and non-Muslims, against a backdrop of negative media coverage and a hostile public using social media to criticise it. Three leading figures from the Islamic community in the UK have spoken to PRWeek about the comms challenge of how to improve the reputation of the religion.

Christmas trading figures: Did the big retailer campaigns deliver?

Christmas trading figures: Did the big retailer campaigns deliver?

The tinsel has been packed away for another year, the tree has been recycled and most people are reeling from festive overspend and looking at how to survive January on the contents of their freezers. With four major retailers releasing trading figures this week, PRWeek assesses how their Christmas campaigns translated into sales, with the help of Andrew Bloch, founder of consumer PR agency Frank PR.

Uber, World Cup, Huntsworth, Engine: News from 2014 in review

Uber, World Cup, Huntsworth, Engine: News from 2014 in review

2014 has been a busy year for the PR industry. Here PRWeek looks back on some of the stories that hit the headlines...

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

'Uber' is a prefix denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Unfortunately, the company of the same name has been outstanding for all the wrong reasons.

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts not cleaning behind fridges, women breastfeeding in the corner and immigrants clogging up the M4. Every time Nigel Farage or members of his party make such statements, the 'Metropolitan elite' they deride throws up its hands in horror with a look of disbelief. But what sounds like a gaffe to some is music to the ears of UKIP's supporters and plays straight into the anti-politics 'everyman' image of Farage and his party. So why has UKIP chosen this moment to up its game with the appointment of BBC veteran Paul Lambert as director of communications?

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Delhi has banned Uber after a female passenger reported she was raped by one of its contracted drivers, adding to the string of crises surrounding the San Francisco startup. We asked India-based PR experts to weigh in.

Harvey Nichols' budget Christmas campaign relies on smart PR rather than big media spend

Harvey Nichols' budget Christmas campaign relies on smart PR rather than big media spend

Ironically for a firm which sells £2,000 handbags, Harvey Nichols has unveiled a Christmas campaign with far less money behind it than other retailers have deployed, meaning that it has had to rely instead on clever PR techniques and viral shareability.

John Lewis' festive campaign is the talk of social media

John Lewis' festive campaign is the talk of social media

With a few weeks to go before Christmas, fresh sentiment analysis for PRWeek shows that the John Lewis and Sainsbury's highly integrated festive campaigns are dominating the social media conversation, leaving the other major retailers trailing.

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Airbnb appoints Hope&Glory as consumer PR agency

Airbnb appoints Hope&Glory as consumer PR agency

Hope&Glory has won a pitch to work on a community-driven brief for hospitality company Airbnb.

Skoda hunts for new UK consumer agency

Skoda hunts for new UK consumer agency

Volkswagen-owned car brand Skoda has shortlisted two consumer PR agencies after speaking with 10 agencies for a UK brief.

Tourism Australia puts out tender for international agency panels

Tourism Australia puts out tender for international agency panels

Tourism Australia (TA) has issued a PR tender following a global review, in a move to set up an international panel model.

Sainsbury's to hold chemistry meetings with agencies for three-way brief

Sainsbury's to hold chemistry meetings with agencies for three-way brief

Sainsbury's will be holding chemistry sessions today (8 January) and tomorrow as it kicks off the first round in search of new agency support.

Recent European PR news

John Doe to handle UK PR for Festival Republic's Berlin Festival, Benicassim and Lollapalooza

John Doe to handle UK PR for Festival Republic's Berlin Festival, Benicassim and Lollapalooza

John Doe has been appointed to handle UK PR for three major European music festivals from Festival Republic, the music promoter behind Reading and Leeds festivals, following a competitive pitch between five agencies.

Havas bolsters health network with Bird & Schulte buy

Havas bolsters health network with Bird & Schulte buy

Less than a month after acquiring Formula PR, Havas has bought Germany-based healthcare specialist firm Bird & Schulte Advertising.

US regulatory delays force Publicis Groupe to wait on Sapient deal

US regulatory delays force Publicis Groupe to wait on Sapient deal

The Paris-based holding company has given shareholders more time to approve the deal.

Hills Balfour wins Zagreb Tourist Board account

The Zagreb Tourist Board has hired Hills Balfour to handle its UK PR.

Zeitgeist Agency wins account with DJ Robert Miles' OpenLab radio station

Zeitgeist Agency wins account with DJ Robert Miles' OpenLab radio station

The Zeitgeist Agency has been appointed to handle PR for OpenLab, the Ibiza-based radio station founded by DJ Robert Miles, as it looks to expand its online offer.