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Jackie Brock-Doyle "walked into Glasgow 2014 office knowing everything"

Jackie Brock-Doyle "walked into Glasgow 2014 office knowing everything"

The challenge of the eleventh-hour arrival of Jackie Brock-Doyle to lead comms for Glasgow 2014 was eased by "years of planning", one of the Commonwealth Games' key PR figures has revealed.

PRCA rejects terms of Copyright Licensing Agency's meeting offer

PRCA rejects terms of Copyright Licensing Agency's meeting offer

The PRCA has rejected an offer of a meeting with the Copyright Licensing Agency because it falls short of the terms it called for.

Lord Drayson shifts wireless power transfer business brief to Bell Pottinger

Lord Drayson shifts wireless power transfer business brief to Bell Pottinger

Labour peer Paul Drayson has shifted work for his personal public relations and expanding wireless wireless power transfer business to Bell Pottinger.

Standard Chartered attacks Financial Times for "misrepresenting" investors

Standard Chartered attacks Financial Times for "misrepresenting" investors

Banking and financial services company Standard Chartered has hit back at a report in the Financial Times (FT), claiming the views of its investors were misrepresented.

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles.

UKIP comms head Patrick O'Flynn handed economic brief amid reshuffle

UKIP comms head Patrick O'Flynn handed economic brief amid reshuffle

UKIP has made Patrick O'Flynn the party's economic spokesman as part of a front bench reshuffle.

Golden Goose hired for £2m global VIP party fundraisers

Golden Goose hired for £2m global VIP party fundraisers

Worldwide Exposure, the creative agency behind a series of global VIP fundraisers, has appointed Golden Goose PR.

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.

Hope&Glory beats two agencies to land TV channel launch brief

Hope&Glory beats two agencies to land TV channel launch brief

Turner Broadcasting has appointed Hope&Glory PR to support the launch of a new TV channel following a three-way pitch shootout.

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.

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn has expanded its public affairs team with the appointment of Downing Street press officer Ben Crosland as an associate director.

Mark Lund gets brief to unite McCann UK

Mark Lund gets brief to unite McCann UK

Mark Lund will be tasked with turning McCann Worldgroup's UK agencies into a seamless offering when he joins as its chief executive in October, Campaign reports.

Cirque du Soleil picks Guesty PR and AKH Communications to run its London PR

Cirque du Soleil picks Guesty PR and AKH Communications to run its London PR

Cirque du Soleil has chosen AKH Communications and Guesty PR to jointly run the PR account for the London leg of its travelling show, Kooza.

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 appoints James MacLeod as head of press and publicity

Channel 4 has promoted its head of corporate press James MacLeod in the wake of press and publicity director Jane Fletcher taking a job at Sky.

RLM Finsbury names Goldberg partner

NEW YORK: RLM Finsbury has tapped former FTI Consulting senior MD Kal Goldberg as partner, based in the firm's New York office.

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

Vauxhall luxury hotel and apartment developer engages FTI

The Chinese developer of One Nine Elms, a luxury hotel and apartment complex planned to open in Vauxhall in 2018, has brought in FTI Consulting.

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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.

How Walmart decided to take a red pen to a New York Times op-ed

How Walmart decided to take a red pen to a New York Times op-ed

Walmart's comms team lives by the mantra "no free shots." So when it read an op-ed in The New York Times it felt was unfair, the retailer punched back in a unique way.

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Describing David Cameron as "bumbling" and Craig Oliver as "just clueless" seems to be in character for a man whom people describe as a "tribal" operator.

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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.

Property giant CBRE reviews EMEA relationship with FTI

Property giant CBRE reviews EMEA relationship with FTI

Global real estate powerhouse CBRE is reviewing its 14-year-old relationship with FTI Consulting for PR across EMEA and the UK.

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

The NHS is considering creating an additional comms roster as the service continues to shift in the wake of last year's structural reforms.

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Global banking giant HSBC has kicked off a review of its UK public affairs agency requirements, which have been handled by Quiller since 2009.

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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.

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

H+K Strategies beats three to six-figure Visa Europe strategic comms brief

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has won out in the pitch for Visa Europe's region-wide strategic comms work.

Grayling owner Huntsworth issues profit warning

Grayling owner Huntsworth issues profit warning

Huntsworth, the holding company for Grayling, Citigate and Red, has warned investors that its first-half profits will be below expectations.