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Ford tapped my phone and car, says automaker's former comms VP

Ford tapped my phone and car, says automaker's former comms VP

Jason Vines, the former communications VP at Ford Motor Company, says in his to-be-released book that the automaker tapped his phone and car in 2001.

Cake pulls off #FlightDecks campaign for new Virgin Atlantic 787

Cake pulls off #FlightDecks campaign for new Virgin Atlantic 787

Cake PR called on London-based bands Rudimental and Gorgon City to perform a live gig on board an in-flight Boeing 787 yesterday, to promote Virgin Atlantic's new fleet.

Christian Cull exits MSLGroup after four months

Christian Cull exits MSLGroup after four months

Christian Cull has left MSLGroup after just four months, with the agency not planning to replace him.

Airbnb launches #WaterstonesSleepover after man gets trapped in bookshop

Airbnb launches #WaterstonesSleepover after man gets trapped in bookshop

Hospitality company Airbnb has launched a social media campaign on the back of last week's news of a man getting locked inside a Waterstones bookshop.

Nick Faith and Sean Worth launch Westminster Policy Institute

Nick Faith and Sean Worth launch Westminster Policy Institute

Nick Faith, the head of comms at Policy Exchange, has taken an equal stake with Sean Worth in policy and media advice outfit Westminster Policy Institute (WPI).

Casio goes for digital PR as part of £500,000 integrated push

Casio goes for digital PR as part of £500,000 integrated push

Casio has made a £500,000 marketing and PR investment in a multi-channel initiative for G-Shock, its premium watch brand.

Publicis Groupe reports third quarter organic growth of 1%

Publicis Groupe reports third quarter organic growth of 1%

A string of new business wins for MSLGroup played its part in restrained growth at Publicis Groupe, the French marketing services holding company, last quarter.

Nair takes on additional charge at Edelman China

Nair takes on additional charge at Edelman China

Daniel J Edelman (DJE) China COO Sanjay Nair has been appointed as managing director of Edelman Beijing. He succeeds Kevin Wang, who was recently named managing director of Edelman China's Corporate practice

Mason Williams wins national brief from WorkoutIn

Mason Williams wins national brief from WorkoutIn

Mason Williams Communications has won a three-way pitch to handle PR for a business that allows people to work out from home by connecting live to a fitness instructor through their computer.

Interpublic PR firms report high-single-digit Q3 revenue growth

Interpublic PR firms report high-single-digit Q3 revenue growth

Interpublic's Constituency Management Group achieved 9.9% organic revenue growth in the third quarter, compared with the year prior. Its PR firms saw organic growth in the high single digits, according to Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky.

Hootsuite to big PR firms: Let us help you explain social media collaboration

Hootsuite to big PR firms: Let us help you explain social media collaboration

Hootsuite views its global agency partner program, launched Wednesday, as an "investment" in the market.

Gorkana name stays and expect more acquisitions, says Jeremy Thompson

Gorkana name stays and expect more acquisitions, says Jeremy Thompson

The chief executive of Gorkana Group, who is becoming EMEA MD of its new parent company Cision, speaks to PRWeek following the completion of the deal this morning.

Bell Pottinger launches dedicated arts team

Bell Pottinger launches dedicated arts team

Bell Pottinger has launched a global dedicated arts offering with the Saatchi Gallery and INALA, a new Zulu ballet featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, among its first clients.

Former Freuds trio boost agency venture with minicab start-up win

Former Freuds trio boost agency venture with minicab start-up win

We Are Caffeine, a Shoreditch-based agency launched by three former Freuds account directors, has beaten four other agencies in a pitch to provide PR for minicab app Bounce.

Wagamama hunts for consumer PR agency

Wagamama hunts for consumer PR agency

Asian restaurant chain Wagamama has approached a number of agencies about a new consumer PR brief.

Cision continues acquisition spree and snaps up Gorkana

Cision continues acquisition spree and snaps up Gorkana

Cision has struck a deal to acquire Gorkana Group for an undisclosed sum, on the heels of its combination with Vocus and Visible Technologies.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

Supermarkets are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons again but three examples of customer relations failures show that it's not the size of the mess you make but how you clear it up that makes the most lasting impression.

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

The future of Huntsworth has become a subject of speculation following the sudden departure of its chairman Lord Myners, together with the expected retirement of its chief executive Lord Chadlington and a gloomy financial performance.

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

Greenpeace's success in forcing Lego to stop making Shell-branded toys shows that brands need to be wise to public sentiment when agreeing long-term partnerships.

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Ebola has arrived in Europe and the World Health Organization warns that new cases on this continent are inevitable. So how will health agencies communicate the threat level without causing public panic?

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Was the Conservative media response to a damaging sex scandal and UKIP defection up to scratch? Ian Griggs asks the experts what they thought of the tactics.

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

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Yorkshire Water invites agencies to pitch for community initiative

Yorkshire Water invites agencies to pitch for community initiative

Yorkshire Water has asked 12 PR agencies to pitch for a new community campaign.

Brand USA seeks global PR agency partner

Brand USA seeks global PR agency partner

Brand USA is accepting proposals for a global media relations agency to promote international travel to the US.

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

The company with the most cinemas in the UK and Ireland is drawing up a shortlist for a new consumer PR agency as it ends a long-running relationship with The Red Consultancy.

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya is looking for a global PR agency to help turn around a decline in the number of tourists and investors coming to the country following assaults by Islamist militias.

Recent European PR news

Emma Eatwell rejoins Hanover as head of healthcare in Brussels

Public and corporate affairs agency Hanover has rehired Emma Eatwell, who left in April 2013 to join healthcare business Swedish Orphan Biovitrum as head of public policy and advocacy.

Brands2Life bulks up board with two appointments

Brands2Life bulks up board with two appointments

Brands2Life has promoted practice directors Adele McIntosh and André Labadie to its executive board.

John Lewis MD: France is "sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat"

John Lewis is set to spend the day shrugging off a number of headline-grabbing comments about France by its MD Andy Street as "tongue in cheek".

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Edelman's hold on its Starbucks relationship across Europe has weakened after the global coffee giant shifted work in both the UK and France to new agencies.

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman, the world's biggest PR network, has today bought all the shares of ELAN, France's biggest independent communications consultancy, in a bid to break into the top three agencies in the country.