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Met Police and other bodies lead comms operation after Westminster 'terror' attack in London

Met Police and other bodies lead comms operation after Westminster 'terror' attack in London

The Metropolitan Police comms operation moved into high-alert mode on Wednesday afternoon during what the force described as a terrorist attack on Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.

In brief: ex-Hammond spad joins Newgate, Cow wins Micro Scooters, Mercieca has its Weetabix, energy briefs for FTI

Newgate hires another ex-spad, Cow wins Micro Scooters brief, trio of energy briefs for FTI, Mercieca has its Weetabix as a new client and more from PRWeek UK.

'People can hear the truth', says Matthew Freud as he takes a swipe at Uber

'People can hear the truth', says Matthew Freud as he takes a swipe at Uber

PR legend Matthew Freud made a rare appearance on stage yesterday for a live interview with PRWeek UK editor-in- chief, Danny Rogers. The session was called 'Harnessing fame for the greater good.'

Met tests readiness of both police and comms in dramatic anti-terror exercise on the Thames

Met tests readiness of both police and comms in dramatic anti-terror exercise on the Thames

The Metropolitan Police's comms team is preparing for the eventuality of dealing with a terror attack in London, including taking part in a dramatic terrorist hijacking and rescue staged on the River Thames on Sunday (19 March).

'Google has known about this for years': tech giant too slow to seek solutions, PR pros agree

'Google has known about this for years': tech giant too slow to seek solutions, PR pros agree

Google's only solution to scrutiny and boycott over its treatment of offensive and extremist content is tangible action, having sat on the problem for too long, senior UK PR professionals agree.

A comms budget cut by two thirds calls for more targeted campaigns, says NHS transplant service

A comms budget cut by two thirds calls for more targeted campaigns, says NHS transplant service

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is taking a more targeted approach to its comms, in response to significantly reduced resources, PRWeek can reveal.

Hotwire chief Brendon Craigie exits firm

Hotwire chief Brendon Craigie exits firm

The agency did not immediately name a successor.

Watch: BBC's W1A holds 'fundraising ideation generation session' in Red Nose Day special

Watch: BBC's W1A holds 'fundraising ideation generation session' in Red Nose Day special

The BBC's in-house creative team has collaborated with the creators of sitcom W1A to produce a special for Red Nose Day, promising "ground-breaking fundraising ideas, immediately delivered from a blue sky thinking session".

MPs' probe of comms salary spend reveals changing fortunes of Government departments

MPs' probe of comms salary spend reveals changing fortunes of Government departments

Some government comms teams have shrunk from significant cuts while others have grown bigger, according to recently released figures provided to MPs - triggering criticism of Whitehall departments that have not reduced the amount they spend on comms.

'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal

'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal

The EMEA boss of Google has offered an apology to public and private sector advertisers in a growing row over ads appearing next to extremist videos on YouTube.

Holding back the tide: How one county council is using comms to combat flooding

Holding back the tide: How one county council is using comms to combat flooding

West Sussex County Council has employed PR techniques to raise awareness among 159 local councils and nearly a million people within its boundaries about access to an online mapping tool to protect themselves from flooding.

Grayling boss: We've 'liberated' ourselves from several 'exploitative' clients

Grayling boss: We've 'liberated' ourselves from several 'exploitative' clients

Grayling "fired" a number of clients last year due to their "exploitative" practices, the boss of the agency's holding company has told PRWeek.

Former Gates Foundation comms lead Miguel Veiga-Pestana joins Reckitt Benckiser

Former Gates Foundation comms lead Miguel Veiga-Pestana joins Reckitt Benckiser

Previously, he had a two-year stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Message on a bottle: One Water creates 'dirty water' to promote World Water Day

Message on a bottle: One Water creates 'dirty water' to promote World Water Day

For World Water Day (Wednesday 22 March), London's Houston PR and the social enterprise One Water have created a water bottle that makes its contents appears dirty.

Tinder comms chief Hermione Way swipes right on blockchain dating start-up Matchpool

Tinder comms chief Hermione Way swipes right on blockchain dating start-up Matchpool

Hermione Way, former European head of comms at Tinder, has joined blockchain-based start-up dating network Matchpool as a communications advisor.

FTSE250 property group Workspace swaps Bell Pottinger for Edelman

FTSE250 property group Workspace swaps Bell Pottinger for Edelman

Workspace Group, the FTSE250 owner and operator of 65 properties housing more than 4,000 companies across London, has replaced Bell Pottinger with Edelman UK as its retained corporate comms advisor.

In brief: ALMR hires FSC, Hotwire wins video platform, Bell Pottinger allies with law firm

Bar and restaurant group hires FSC, Hotwire wins video platform, Bell Pottinger joins forces with law firm and more from PRWeek UK.

Beckham and England stars past and present team up to warn of bowel cancer in #MooreToKnow campaign

Beckham and England stars past and present team up to warn of bowel cancer in #MooreToKnow campaign

David Beckham and a further 11 former and current England footballers are starring in a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness of bowel cancer - the disease that killed one of the country's greatest ever players.

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Huntsworth's losses narrowed in 2016 thanks to a strong performance from the holding company's health comms arm, and despite a "difficult" year for Grayling, whose like-for-like revenue fell 17.4 per cent.

Sony Mobile replaces Citizen with Fever to promote Xperia range

Sony Mobile replaces Citizen with Fever to promote Xperia range

Telecoms brand Sony Mobile has appointed Fever to handle UK PR, ahead of the launch of its new Xperia range.

Analysis

'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

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

Latest Jobs

People moves

In brief: Chuck Norris hires Frank, Hussain joins Promote, wins for Spider

Frank hired for Chuck Norris game, chocolatier and tea brand brief Spider, Promote hires Hussain and more from PRWeek UK.

W Communications buys Newcastle's Glue PR as 'springboard' for regional focus

W Communications buys Newcastle's Glue PR as 'springboard' for regional focus

London-based W Communications has bought Newcastle's Glue PR, which will be rebranded as W North.

Manifest promotes director Neil Hallmark to London MD

Manifest promotes director Neil Hallmark to London MD

Manifest has promoted director Neil Hallmark to managing director of its London office, following four years at the agency.

Legal & General hires ex-Sky and BBC presenter Dharshini David as corporate affairs chief

Legal & General hires ex-Sky and BBC presenter Dharshini David as corporate affairs chief

Insurance giant Legal & General has hired former BBC and Sky journalist and presenter Dharshini David as corporate affairs director.

In brief: Greenbrook hires ex-IoD chief, Golin expands digital, wins for Radioactive and TPF

Milk & Honey PR hires Jo Cresswell from Rostrum, Radioactive PR wins child care site, Greenbrook appoints former IoD chief, Golin expands its digital division and more from PRWeek UK.

M&C Saatchi PR shops outperformed in 'outstanding' 2016

M&C Saatchi PR shops outperformed in 'outstanding' 2016

M&C Saatchi's PR agencies outperformed the company as a whole in 2016, which it labelled an "outstanding year" as pre-tax profit grew 18 per cent to £23.7m ($29.1m).

NHS Blood and Transplant hires former government comms chief

NHS Blood and Transplant hires former government comms chief

NHS Blood and Transplant has appointed Steve Park as its new assistant director of comms.

John Lewis, Edelman, Virgin Media: big names added to PR360 lineup

John Lewis, Edelman, Virgin Media: big names added to PR360 lineup

Senior comms experts from John Lewis, Edelman, Virgin Media, UKTV and Spark PR have been added to the stellar line up for PR360, PRWeek's must-attend conference in London next month.

Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith to leave agency after 22 years

Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith to leave agency after 22 years

Jeremy Galbraith has stepped down as Burson-Marsteller EMEA chief executive after 22 years at the agency.

U.K.-based Simpatico PR plants flag in New York

U.K.-based Simpatico PR plants flag in New York

Dori Pasternak-Busell is leading the firm's U.S. practice in New York.

Golley Slater closes Leeds office amid focus on London and Cardiff

Golley Slater closes Leeds office amid focus on London and Cardiff

PR firm Golley Slater has closed its office in Leeds, following a restructure of the business that will see the company focus on its work in Cardiff and London.

Former Grayling COO Singh named global chief at Caliber

Former Grayling COO Singh named global chief at Caliber

Digital marketing and comms agency Caliber Interactive has appointed former Grayling COO Rav Singh as its new global CEO.

Ridsdale leaves Tavistock for Camelot as Simson becomes sole agency CEO

Ridsdale leaves Tavistock for Camelot as Simson becomes sole agency CEO

Matt Ridsdale, joint CEO of PR agency Tavistock, is to join National Lottery operator Camelot as head of strategic communications, as fellow joint CEO Jos Simson is named as the agency's sole chief executive.