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China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

Tired of being blamed for economic volatility and labor problems in the U.S., China's government has realized it needs to shift comms strategy for reaching out to the West, experts say.

New head of public affairs to join Thomas Cook from ABTA in July

New head of public affairs to join Thomas Cook from ABTA in July

Stephen D'Alfonso will become group head of public affairs at Thomas Cook Group in July, following six years at UK travel industry body ABTA.

Want to make it big in China? It's hard - and local journalists expect travel expenses

Want to make it big in China? It's hard - and local journalists expect travel expenses

Building awareness for a Western brand in China is "bloody hard" and requires payments to journalists in a way that would surprise Western media professionals, PR360 attendees heard yesterday from Cassandra Cheong, the Asia Pacific MD of The Hoffman Agency.

Incisive Health opens Brussels office

Incisive Health opens Brussels office

One of the UK's largest specialist healthcare agencies has opened its first base outside of London, in Brussels.

Watch: The Guardian teams up with Patrick Stewart for Pythonesque EU parody

Watch: The Guardian teams up with Patrick Stewart for Pythonesque EU parody

The Guardian has released a sketch entitled 'What has the ECHR ever done for us?' starring Patrick Stewart as the battle between pro- and anti-EU campaigners heats up.

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Ruwan Kodikara will join Amazon UK as its senior manager of corporate comms next month.

Gove steps up Brexit rhetoric with 'Soviet-style control freaks' piece in Times

Gove steps up Brexit rhetoric with 'Soviet-style control freaks' piece in Times

Writing in The Times today, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has described the European Union as "an economic sinkhole" and a "failing Soviet system", and says that the UK's continued membership of it would constitute a "direct and serious threat" to public services including the NHS.

Five global agencies pitch for Chinese government brief

Five global agencies pitch for Chinese government brief

Five global agencies have made pitches to China's State Council Information Office for work on a potential campaign to improve the country's image, the news agency Reuters reports.

Heathrow expansion group told by ASA not to repeat claim about local support

Heathrow expansion group told by ASA not to repeat claim about local support

Back Heathrow, a group campaigning for the expansion of London Heathrow Airport rather than rival option Gatwick, has been told by the UK's ad regulator not to repeat its claim that "most people living in communities near Heathrow Airport support its expansion".

Twitter on the back foot over new China MD's credentials

Twitter on the back foot over new China MD's credentials

Concerns have been expressed over Kathy Chen's military background and tweets embracing Chinese state media.

William & Kate's visit to India: The PR view

William & Kate's visit to India: The PR view

Four Indian PR experts give their thoughts to PRWeek Asia on how the UK royals' tour of India has been received, and whether there are public image benefits to draw.

In brief: Creston's FY expectations, Porter Novelli's new brief, Ketchum and Field recruit

Creston: FY expectations unchanged, Porter Novelli wins juice association, Ketchum hires Red deputy editor, Field brings in Number 10 adviser and more from PRWeek UK.

Troubled German airport's PR man 'sacked for straight-talking interview'

Troubled German airport's PR man 'sacked for straight-talking interview'

A press spokesman for Berlin's delayed new airport has left his job after reportedly telling a trade magazine that plans for the development were "screwed up" and that "billions of euros had gone down the drain".

PR man Tim Alderslade takes top job at British Air Transport Association

PR man Tim Alderslade takes top job at British Air Transport Association

The British Air Transport Association has appointed PR and public affairs specialist Tim Alderslade as its new chief executive.

Vote Leave named official Brexit campaign and Stronger In confirmed as pro-EU group

Vote Leave named official Brexit campaign and Stronger In confirmed as pro-EU group

Vote Leave has been designated as the main campaign for a UK exit from the EU, the Electoral Commission has announced.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Panama Papers, tax and the EU

PMQs Twitter round-up: Panama Papers, tax and the EU

In the first PMQs session since MPs returned after the Easter break, the Panama Papers dominated the questions, but wider issues around tax were also discussed along with the omnipresent issue of the EU.

Lloyds Banking Group appoints Grayling for PA brief

Lloyds Banking Group appoints Grayling for PA brief

Grayling has been appointed by Lloyds Banking Group for a public affairs brief following a competitive five-way pitch.

Opinion and features

Does the ban on McDonald's show Labour as red in tooth and claw?

Does the ban on McDonald's show Labour as red in tooth and claw?

The decision by Labour to ban McDonald's from having an exhibition stand at this year's party conference was taken not because of Jeremy Corbyn's vegetarianism but because of the company's refusal to recognise trade unions.

New Mayors: who cares? Those selling innovation in city services should

New Mayors: who cares? Those selling innovation in city services should

In less than one month there will be a new Mayor in the driving seat of London government.

The Irish poll result is a warning to Europe's politicians

The Irish poll result is a warning to Europe's politicians

The dramatic result of the recent general election in Ireland has implications for upcoming European elections and even the Brexit debate.

Lord Heseltine warns leaving EU would 'destroy' Britain

Lord Heseltine warns leaving EU would 'destroy' Britain

Lord Michael Heseltine - former deputy prime minister, founder of Haymarket Media Group and shadow secretary of trade and industry at the time of the last European referendum in 1975 - speaks exclusively to Danny Rogers about the next EU referendum and how we should heed Europe's dark experiences.

Engaging women voters is key to victory in the EU Referendum

Engaging women voters is key to victory in the EU Referendum

Brand marketers understand the value and are increasingly masters of engaging women - think the multi-award-winning #Like a Girl and One Billion Rising campaigns.

The Daily Mail doesn't bother me but Brexit does, says pro-EU PR chief Roland Rudd

The Daily Mail doesn't bother me but Brexit does, says pro-EU PR chief Roland Rudd

The Finsbury chairman, one of the most influential PR men in the country, is leading the fight to keep Britain in the European Union. He tells Danny Rogers why the views of business leaders are crucial to a debate that is primarily one of economics and trade.

From the editor-in-chief: Comms strategies could decide tight Brexit vote

From the editor-in-chief: Comms strategies could decide tight Brexit vote

What do PR professionals think about the Brexit campaigns and what is the consensus about the impeding referendum?

PR industry should not fear Brexit, says Vote Leave comms chief

PR industry should not fear Brexit, says Vote Leave comms chief

Pro-Brexit campaigners must prioritise economic over immigration arguments, says Paul Stephenson (pictured), comms director of Vote Leave - one of the main groups backing the UK's withdrawal from the EU. He talks to John Harrington about UKIP, Boris Johnson, the BBC - and why the PR industry should not be fearful

Brexit: Infighting, resignations, celebs and cock-ups as rival EU campaigns face off

Brexit: Infighting, resignations, celebs and cock-ups as rival EU campaigns face off

With just over two months left before the UK gets to decide whether the country should remain in the EU or leave it, PRWeek takes a (mostly) irreverent look at key players, campaign blunders and on which side you should place your bets.

Don't leave: Why UK PR industry leaders oppose Brexit

Don't leave: Why UK PR industry leaders oppose Brexit

PRWeek asked the UK PR industry elite for their views on the EU referendum. John Harrington outlines the key findings - and it seems the 'leave' campaign, although admired, still has much work to do.

Flack on Friday: Panama Papers, Leave.EU, Lionel Messi, Cirkle, Green Party

Flack on Friday: Panama Papers, Leave.EU, Lionel Messi, Cirkle, Green Party

In Flack this week: which comms chief has labelled a Panama Papers allegation "bollox"? Plus another take on the Green Party's latest ad and the going gets 'Tough' for Cirkle.

Panama Papers crisis comms: Five steps to protect your reputation

Panama Papers crisis comms: Five steps to protect your reputation

OK, so you have been named in the Panama Papers. This is what you should do next.

7 quick reactions to Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's battery charge

7 quick reactions to Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's battery charge

Donald Trump's top campaign aide was charged with misdemeanor battery on Tuesday morning.

Could the UK's geopolitical future really be influenced by toasters and vacuum cleaners?

Could the UK's geopolitical future really be influenced by toasters and vacuum cleaners?

Oh dear, there's been another media storm over the EU's supposed plans to outlaw 'powerful' toasters and kettles.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Elliot Sloane hands reins of eponymous firm to Darren Brandt, Whit Clay

Elliot Sloane hands reins of eponymous firm to Darren Brandt, Whit Clay

Six years after Sloane & Company was acquired by MDC Partners, founder Elliot Sloane is stepping aside.

Porter Novelli's Darlan Monterisi to top comms role at CA Technologies

Porter Novelli's Darlan Monterisi to top comms role at CA Technologies

The Omnicom Group agency's New York office leader will join CA on May 9.

In brief: Pitch briefed by Thomas Pink, Fleishman's Jo'burg chief, PLMR, Rain

Pitch appointed by Thomas Pink, Fleishman's Jo'burg chief, Bubble and Squeak promotes IBC and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Honda hires Prova, TCS wins Jaeger, Hotwire enters Dubai, FT brings in Golin

Prova drives Honda PR, FT hires Golin for digital brief, Jaeger appoints The Communications Store, Hotwire enters Dubai and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Ogilvy Pride's new senior team, Grayling hires ex-MP, board change at WPP

Ogilvy Pride's new senior team, Grayling hires ex-MP, board change at WPP, Belize Tourism appoints Brighter and more from PRWeek UK.

Wal-Mart names Disney's Brian Besanceney as chief communications officer

Wal-Mart names Disney's Brian Besanceney as chief communications officer

He will report to Dan Bartlett, EVP of corporate affairs.