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Paddy Power offers Arsenal fans the chance to save Arsène Wenger or give him the boot

Paddy Power offers Arsenal fans the chance to save Arsène Wenger or give him the boot

Controversial bookmaker Paddy Power is offering Arsenal fans the chance to vote on the future of beleaguered boss Arsène Wenger before the FA Cup semi-final.

Theresa May's press secretary departs days after comms chief resigns

Theresa May's press secretary departs days after comms chief resigns

Another press aide to Theresa May has departed in the wake of her decision to call a snap general election - and her party's appointment of Lynton Crosby to run its campaign.

The Jockey Club hires Mirror editor Barry Rabbetts to jump on racing 'resurgence'

The Jockey Club hires Mirror editor Barry Rabbetts to jump on racing 'resurgence'

The Jockey Club, the organisation behind horse-racing events including the Grand National, has appointed Daily Mirror executive editor Barry Rabbetts as its first group head of media to build on a "resurgence" in the sport.

Don't use law as 'convenient cloak' to stop staff getting involved in general election

Don't use law as 'convenient cloak' to stop staff getting involved in general election

PR firms should encourage staff to be involved in the general election campaign because it is "a great way to develop skills" - with one public affairs professional arguing that firms should not hide behind laws under which this may sometimes count as a political donation.

Publicis Groupe's European revenue boosted by UK

Publicis Groupe's European revenue boosted by UK

Publicis Groupe has reported revenue of €655m ($704.4m) in Europe for the first quarter of the year, up 3.8% compared with the same period last year, and boosted by growth in the UK and France.

Instagram 'follower bot' service Instagress 'forced to close' by platform

Instagram 'follower bot' service Instagress 'forced to close' by platform

Instagress, a service that helped Instagram users get new followers, has been "forced to close" by the picture-sharing platform.

MHP targets finance and healthcare clients with third APAC office

MHP targets finance and healthcare clients with third APAC office

MHP Communications has opened an office in Singapore to meet what it says is a growing client need in South East Asia.

Property developer British Land reviewing Quiller-held public affairs account

Property developer British Land reviewing Quiller-held public affairs account

British Land, one of the UK's largest property developers, is reviewing its public affairs account, PRWeek has learned.

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

Theresa May's decision to hold a snap general election presents a "huge opportunity" for creative work by consumer PR agencies and their clients - but may also present some with the prospect of a temporary blip, according to agency professionals.

Wagamama orders Talker Tailor Trouble Maker to cook up consumer PR

Wagamama orders Talker Tailor Trouble Maker to cook up consumer PR

Asian restaurant chain Wagamama has hired creative comms agency Talker Tailor Trouble Maker to run its consumer PR.

There is no debate - Theresa May is right to reject TV showdowns, comms pros agree

There is no debate - Theresa May is right to reject TV showdowns, comms pros agree

Theresa May's decision not to participate in televised debates ahead of June's snap general election is "strategically sound", political communicators agree - but they are divided on how influential Lynton Crosby will be in the election.

Share a Coke campaign returns with holiday twist

Share a Coke campaign returns with holiday twist

Coca-Cola is bringing back its "Share a Coke" packaging campaign - but this time, bottles and cans will feature the names of top holiday destinations.

Showcase: Cirkle creates Valentine's Day bouquets to promote Mr Kipling cakes

Showcase: Cirkle creates Valentine's Day bouquets to promote Mr Kipling cakes

Cirkle created sweet bouquets to raise awareness and increase sales of a range of Valentine's Day-themed cakes from Mr Kipling.

In brief: Wins for Munch, Brighter and Fourth Day, funeral site hires PR chief, Instinctif's IPO work

Marketing platform hires Munch, Travel agent appoints Brighter Group, Fourth Day wins Hamburg Marketing, and funeral site hires first head of PR.

Durham University offers £250,000 agency contract to boost business school's profile

Durham University offers £250,000 agency contract to boost business school's profile

One of Britain's top universities, Durham, is planning to spend more than a quarter of a million pounds in the next four years in a bid to boost the reputation of its business school.

DfE doubles campaign budget to attract people into teaching

DfE doubles campaign budget to attract people into teaching

The government has significantly stepped up the amount it spends on an integrated comms campaign to tempt people into teaching.

Home Office wins battle to prevent 'propaganda coup' surrounding footage of shot Taliban fighter

Home Office wins battle to prevent 'propaganda coup' surrounding footage of shot Taliban fighter

Home Office officials have praised the work of its comms professionals in averting what could have been a propaganda coup for terror groups - by helping prevent the broadcast of footage showing the killing of an insurgent in Afghanistan.

West of England gives electorate 'a billion reasons to vote' on 4 May

West of England gives electorate 'a billion reasons to vote' on 4 May

The West of England is one of six new combined authorities to hold mayoral elections on 4 May. In the fourth part of this series, PRWeek looks at the local election campaigns and how comms and PR are being used to raise awareness and turnout.

Agency to help council celebrate 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway

Agency to help council celebrate 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway

Council bosses in Kent have appointed Four Colman Getty to help promote the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, when a daring raid by the Dutch Navy inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Royal Navy.

WE promotes Kate Richmond to chief talent officer

WE promotes Kate Richmond to chief talent officer

Richmond, previously SVP of talent acquisition and development is reporting to WE CEO and cofounder Melissa Waggener Zorkin.

Analysis

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Admitting to yourself you have a mental health problem is the biggest hurdle, but how do you know?

Admitting to yourself you have a mental health problem is the biggest hurdle, but how do you know?

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

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M&C Saatchi PR launches Create team with senior hires and brings in Berlin boss

M&C Saatchi PR launches Create team with senior hires and brings in Berlin boss

M&C Saatchi PR has announced a new lead for its Germany office, and the creation of a new "strategic and creative hub" in its London HQ, led by two new hires and the agency's co-founder.

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.8% in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.8% in Q1

Growth in North America, Omnicom's largest region, was slower than others in Q1 at 1.1% to $2.1 billion. Revenue growth in the U.K. was 8.1% in the first quarter to $309.2 million, and Asia-Pacific was up 9.1% organically in the period to $375 million.

Portland MD Oliver Pauley leaves to set up new agency

Portland MD Oliver Pauley leaves to set up new agency

Oliver Pauley has resigned from Portland and is to set up his own agency, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Travel site hires Frank, health brief for W, wins for ex-Grayling pair at Barley

Frank wins travel site Kiwi, Cera appoints W, wins for ex-Grayling pair at Barley and more from PRWeek UK.

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Rod Cartwright, who has lead Ketchum's global corporate practice from its London office for nearly six years, is leaving the firm next month.

Diageo brings in The Romans for a new Gordon's Gin comms brief

Diageo brings in The Romans for a new Gordon's Gin comms brief

Drinks behemoth Diageo has hired The Romans for a new comms brief for Gordon's Gin, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Dowling leaves Lansons, new fashion chief and client for instinct, wins for Full Fat and Brandman

Dowling to leave Lansons, new fashion chief and client for instinct, quartet of musical wins for Full Fat and more from PRWeek UK.

Next 15 offers staff $2m to develop personal business ventures

Next 15 offers staff $2m to develop personal business ventures

Next 15, the listed owner of PR agencies Bite, Lexis, Text100 and The Blueshirt Group, has launched a $2m (£1.6m) fund to help develop employees' ideas into "viable businesses, products or services".

Uber CEO announces resignation of global PR chief Rachel Whetstone

Uber CEO announces resignation of global PR chief Rachel Whetstone

Rachel Whetstone, global head of communications at Uber, has stepped down after two years with the ride-hailing service.

CofE comms director Arun Arora steps down to become vicar

CofE comms director Arun Arora steps down to become vicar

Church of England comms director Arun Arora has stepped down to become a vicar again - and has told PRWeek that seeing the church make a major investment in digital comms was a key moment in his tenure.

Former NHS and NICE comms chief Louise Fish quits Tonic Life to lead charity

Former NHS and NICE comms chief Louise Fish quits Tonic Life to lead charity

Louise Fish, a comms pro who has worked for Portland, the NHS Confederation and NICE, has left her role at Tonic Life Communications and will become CEO of charity the Tuberous Sclerosis Association in June.

In brief: Climate NGO hires comms directors, asset manager grabs Peregrine, wins for Well Hello and Fever

Climate NGO appoints comms directors, RAM grabs Peregrine for PR, Condom firm gets in on with Well Hello and more from PRWeek UK.

PR legend Al Golin dies at 87

PR legend Al Golin dies at 87

The iconic founder of Golin passed away Saturday morning at his second home in Scottsdale, Arizona.