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MH17 victims' relatives top priority for Malaysia Airlines

MH17 victims' relatives top priority for Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines' main priority is assisting victims' relatives after its passenger plane MH17 was reportedly shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border earlier this month.

Labour comms attacked by ex-aide Damian McBride

Labour comms attacked by ex-aide Damian McBride

Former Labour spinner Damian McBride has attacked his party and leader Ed Miliband for having "no positive messages to communicate".

The Grown Up Chocolate Company hands Bell Pottinger social brief

The Grown Up Chocolate Company hands Bell Pottinger social brief

Luxury confectionery brand The Grown Up Chocolate Company has appointed Bell Pottinger for a new retained social media and content marketing brief.

Opower selects Fishburn for UK public affairs

Opower selects Fishburn for UK public affairs

Utility industry software company Opower has appointed Fishburn as its first UK public affairs agency.

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.

Burson US CEO DenHerder to step down; Law promoted to US chief exec

Burson US CEO DenHerder to step down; Law promoted to US chief exec

Dave DenHerder, US CEO of Burson-Marsteller, will step down from his role on September 1. US president Michael Law will succeed him.

Malaysia Airlines considers rebrand

Malaysia Airlines considers rebrand

Malaysia Airlines may change its name as it contemplates a rebrand to salvage its reputation after two tragic incidents in less than six months.

HSBC names Rozman US communications lead

HSBC names Rozman US communications lead

HSBC has appointed a new head of comms in the US.

Former COI team to help raise profile of Emergency Planning Society

Former COI team to help raise profile of Emergency Planning Society

Bob Wade Media has won a contract to provide a media and comms service for the Emergency Planning Society.

Tulisa's PR man Simon Jones: No grudge against The Sun over "living hell"

Tulisa's PR man Simon Jones: No grudge against The Sun over "living hell"

Tulisa Contostavlos' PR manager Simon Jones has said he holds no grudge against The Sun despite its stories about her over the past year and is "not concerned in the slightest" about a BBC Three documentary airing on Monday night because Contostavlos "has nothing to hide".

We Are Social bolsters senior team with trio of hires

We Are Social bolsters senior team with trio of hires

We Are Social has poached talent from companies including Edelman in a trio of senior appointments.

Ed Miliband's "substance not image" speech met with negative reaction

Ed Miliband's "substance not image" speech met with negative reaction

Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech claiming he offers substance instead of photo-ops has met with a negative reaction on social media and been slammed by Conservative PR man Lord Bell.

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross to return to work following investigation

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross to return to work following investigation

Peter Cross, director of communications at John Lewis, is to return to work following an internal investigation.

Radiator wins Relentless Energy Drinks digital account

Radiator wins Relentless Energy Drinks digital account

Radiator has been appointed to handle digital and social media for Relentless Energy Drinks.

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".

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Recent European PR news

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.

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.