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New press regulator powers and 'tightrope walk' welcomed by PRCA

New press regulator powers and 'tightrope walk' welcomed by PRCA

The PRCA has welcomed the increased powers awarded to press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Is editorial independence threatened when advertising spend is invoked?

Is editorial independence threatened when advertising spend is invoked?

A spat between a Financial Times columnist and the head of comms for Hewlett Packard Enterprise that invoked the company's advertising spend with the newspaper has turned the spotlight on editorial independence this week.

Facebook distances itself from board member's India colonialism comments

Facebook distances itself from board member's India colonialism comments

Company investor Marc Andreessen issues apology on Twitter over remarks Mark Zuckerberg called "deeply upsetting"

PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Daesh and Scotland

PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Daesh and Scotland

Sporting a '[heart] unions' badge, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used his questions to the Prime Minister to explore the issue of housing but did not refer to the junior doctors' strike at all, leaving several commentators scratching their heads.

Department of Health and BMA set out positions as second doctors' strike begins

Department of Health and BMA set out positions as second doctors' strike begins

Both the Department of Health and British Medical Association have used their websites and social media to set out their positions as a second strike by junior doctors kicked off.

Facebook loses Free Basics fight in India

Facebook loses Free Basics fight in India

Telecoms regulator rules against internet app, sending Facebook back to the PR drawing board

Concise, thrice: Vote Leave plays it cool after attacks from rival Brexit group

Concise, thrice: Vote Leave plays it cool after attacks from rival Brexit group

Vote Leave, one of the groups campaigning for a British exit from the EU, has three times responded with curt statements following public attacks from fellow campaign group Leave.EU in recent days.

Watch: Saving the world isn't just for the movies, says Scottish Government climate campaign

Watch: Saving the world isn't just for the movies, says Scottish Government climate campaign

The Scottish Government has launched an integrated campaign with the strapline 'Saving the world isn't just for the movies', to encourage Scottish households to help fight climate change.

European pharma body picks MHP Communications for health outcomes project

European pharma body picks MHP Communications for health outcomes project

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations has appointed MHP Communications and its Brussels partner agency cabinet DN to support a pan-European comms programme focused on health outcomes.

Former Blair adviser John McTernan joins public affairs agency

Former Blair adviser John McTernan joins public affairs agency

Tony Blair's former director of political operations, John McTernan, has joined Westminster Policy Institute as an associate.

Are UK PR agencies ageist?

Are UK PR agencies ageist?

New research shows that the chief executives of the UK's top PR agencies are predominantly under the age of 50, and the dearth of older practitioners at all levels across the agency industry serves to underline PR's ongoing problem with retaining senior talent.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Cancer targets, PFI and a reluctant foray into the EU

PMQs Twitter round-up: Cancer targets, PFI and a reluctant foray into the EU

There were several bad-tempered exchanges between David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn in this week's PMQs but it took the intervention of SNP and Tory backbenchers before the elephant in the room - the new deal with the EU - was discussed.

Artists Against TTIP appoints tpr media to promote campaign

Artists Against TTIP appoints tpr media to promote campaign

Artists Against TTIP, a group of high-profile UK artists and actors who are raising awareness of what it says are the threats posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has appointed tpr media to promote the campaign's work in the UK and overseas.

UK Government, HSBC, Nestlé, Vodafone: stellar names added to PR360 line-up

UK Government, HSBC, Nestlé, Vodafone: stellar names added to PR360 line-up

Alex Aiken, executive director of UK government comms, and senior comms figures from Nestlé, Vodafone, Nationwide Building Society and elsewhere have been added to the stellar line-up for PR360 - PRWeek's global festival of PR.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Google tax, bedroom tax and the refugee crisis

PMQs Twitter round-up: Google tax, bedroom tax and the refugee crisis

In a lively session of PMQs, the issues of corporate tax, the bedroom tax and Zac Goldsmith's mayoral ambitions were discussed.

Support for junior doctors' strike on Twitter was high, analysis finds

Support for junior doctors' strike on Twitter was high, analysis finds

Support for the junior doctors' strike earlier in January outweighed opposition by more than 50 percentage points on Twitter, according to analysis by Blue Rubicon.

In brief: Golin Health wins pair of clients, Corporate Comms Shop launches, Hanover's university work, Macesport appointed by Kitman

In brief: Golin Health wins pair of clients, Corporate Comms Shop launches, Hanover's university work, Macesport appointed by Kitman

Golin Health lands double win, The Corporate Comms Shop launches, Macesport wins Kitman Labs brief, Herts Uni appoints Hanover and more from PRWeek UK.

Opinion and features

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.

International Expansion: Why clients want familiar PR agencies in unfamiliar markets

International Expansion: Why clients want familiar PR agencies in unfamiliar markets

There is a trend for clients wanting their existing agencies to expand abroad rather than having to hire a new agency in an unfamiliar market.

Will devolution change the public affairs agenda?

Will devolution change the public affairs agenda?

Historically there has always been a whiff of smoke and mirrors about anything related to devolution, with governments promising it, then delivering something that isn't devolution at all, but that, with the aid of a bit of sleight of hand, can be made to look like it come election time, says Curtin&Co's Martin Curtis

Corn, granite and momentum: The view from the Iowa caucuses

Corn, granite and momentum: The view from the Iowa caucuses

Let's be clear: I'm glad that the Iowa caucus - as we say in New Jersey - "is in the rear view mirror", writes Nick DeLuca of Open Road

Crisis comms: The power of preparedness

Crisis comms: The power of preparedness

Time is of the essence, they say. I don't know who 'they' are, but 'they' may well have worked in PR; a sector that has had crisis response and issues management at its foundation since it began, says Four Consulting's Alun James.

The Labour Party needs to modernise - or it risks disappearing altogether

The Labour Party needs to modernise - or it risks disappearing altogether

The Labour Party needs to remodel itself and become relevant to the electorate if it is not to be superseded, writes Ketchum's Jo-ann Robertson.

Flack on Friday: What do Adele and Goldman Sachs have to do with Brexit? Plus David Miliband, Bowie, Creative Shootout

Flack on Friday: What do Adele and Goldman Sachs have to do with Brexit? Plus David Miliband, Bowie, Creative Shootout

In Flack this week: Brexit press releases move up a gear; David Miliband is tight-lipped on Labour; the comms office of the future; and which team of PRs devised the pop-up child exploitation restaurant (and why)?

24 hours in Davos

24 hours in Davos

Day one in Davos has come to an end and I can say with certainty that I've walked away with some important learnings - some that make me optimistic for the future, others that are more concerning, writes Barri Rafferty at Ketchum.

Showcase: Sir David Attenborough promotes clean energy at COP21

Showcase: Sir David Attenborough promotes clean energy at COP21

Last June a clutch of British grandees including former UK chief scientist Sir David King and professor Richard Layard of the LSE launched the Global Apollo Program (GAP).

Flack on Friday: The Mirror, Freuds, Lansons, Frank PR, IPA, JD Wetherspoon

Flack on Friday: The Mirror, Freuds, Lansons, Frank PR, IPA, JD Wetherspoon

In Flack this week: Mirror story on ex-ministers entering PR not what it seems, Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin talks blunt comms, adland finally catches up with PR, and Freuds PR man hounds out a viral sensation

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Boring is not a word you would ever associate with David Bowie, writes Tony Garner of Viva PR.

Andy Sawford: Labour's reshuffle debacle points to worrying signs for party's image

Andy Sawford: Labour's reshuffle debacle points to worrying signs for party's image

Labour needs to learn lessons from its high-profile shadow cabinet reshuffle this week, writes former Labour MP and shadow minister turned PR Andy Sawford

PR measurement: The inconvenient truths

PR measurement: The inconvenient truths

In an age where web traffic reports, sales figures and social media followers can all be analysed in a heartbeat and business leaders are under pressure from finance directors, the onus falls on marketing to quantify how its mix of activities affects the bottom line, writes Heidi Myers of Meltwater.

The Ten Flack Commandments - or how we learned to stop worrying and love spreadsheets

The Ten Flack Commandments - or how we learned to stop worrying and love spreadsheets

It's now almost 12 months since we threw caution, job security and the ability to afford nice clothes to the wind. One year on, slightly greyer, and much more in love with the PR game than ever before, we were asked to share what we wish we'd been told way back when we jacked in our dead-end jobs, quit the band and made a break for it as a two-piece.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: CIPR's Ross to depart, The Crown Estate names new corporate affairs chief, MLB comms chief moves to Finsbury, Costcutter hires MCG

In brief: CIPR's Ross to depart, The Crown Estate names new corporate affairs chief, MLB comms chief moves to Finsbury, Costcutter hires MCG

CIPR's Andrew Ross to depart, The Crown Estate promotes Andy Payne to head of corporate affairs, MLB comms chief moves to Finsbury, MCG appointed to Costcutter brief and more from PRWeek UK.

Google hires Weber's David Skelton to head public policy

Google hires Weber's David Skelton to head public policy

Google has appointed David Skelton from Weber Shandwick in the role of public policy manager, based in London.

Game maker Kabam's global comms head Steve Swasey departs

Game maker Kabam's global comms head Steve Swasey departs

Swasey is slated to start in his new role as communications SVP at a public company in San Francisco next week.

In brief: Moonpig calls in Popcorn, Claremont takes Grayling director, Freesat appoints comms chief, Freshwater hire

In brief: Moonpig calls in Popcorn, Claremont takes Grayling director, Freesat appoints comms chief, Freshwater hire

Moonpig calls in Popcorn, Claremont takes Grayling director, Freesat appoints comms chief and more from PRWeek UK.

Sky hires Gap global comms chief Catherine Hicks as group corporate affairs director

Sky hires Gap global comms chief Catherine Hicks as group corporate affairs director

Europe-wide broadcaster Sky has appointed Gap global comms director Catherine Hicks as group corporate affairs director.

Irene Constantinides to join Arts Council in March as media chief

Irene Constantinides to join Arts Council in March as media chief

Arts Council England, the funding body that distributes hundreds of millions of pounds annually, has appointed Irene Constantinides as its new director of media and stakeholder relations.