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PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

Four weeks ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, research shows that despite being generally pro-EU, most PR agencies are advising corporate clients to remain publicly neutral.

Gettin it wrong? Stronger In's #Votin campaign for the youth falls flat

Gettin it wrong? Stronger In's #Votin campaign for the youth falls flat

Britain Stronger In Europe's online campaign to get young people registered to vote in the UK's upcoming referendum has attracted criticism on social media and in the press.

Connect Communications announces MBO and spins off 'Devo' arm as separate entity

Connect Communications announces MBO and spins off 'Devo' arm as separate entity

Connect Communications has undergone a management buyout that has seen executive chairman Gill Morris sell her majority stake and take ownership of Devo Connect, its division focused on the devolved nations, as a separate agency.

Mark Glover succeeds Iain Anderson as APPC chairman

Mark Glover succeeds Iain Anderson as APPC chairman

Bellenden boss Mark Glover has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants, taking over from incumbent Iain Anderson.

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

Russia turns to Burson-Marsteller amid doping scandal

The WPP firm's European arm is providing comms support to the country on issues related to its participation in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell joins public affairs agency JBP

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell joins public affairs agency JBP

Clarence Mitchell, a man familiar to UK audiences as a former BBC royal correspondent and later spokesman for the family of disappeared child Madeleine McCann, has been appointed as a director at public affairs firm JBP.

In brief: Eulogy wins shopping platform and Pagefield appointed by Experian

Eulogy wins shopping platform, Pagefield appointed by Experian

BBC Charter Review white paper: what you need to know

BBC Charter Review white paper: what you need to know

The sensitive political process of renewing the BBC's Royal Charter is entering its closing stages with the publication yesterday of the Government's white paper, which will be debated by Parliament in the autumn.

Think local and target non-political media to reach pro-EU voters, says former Miliband adviser

Think local and target non-political media to reach pro-EU voters, says former Miliband adviser

Businesses looking to engage with people likely to vote for the UK to remain in the EU should think local and look to get their message into non-political media, according to a former spokesman for Ed Miliband.

Pressure group targets Unilever employees with anti-TTIP billboard

Pressure group targets Unilever employees with anti-TTIP billboard

SumofUs, a pressure group campaigning against the proposed trade deal between the EU and the US, is aiming an ad at employees of Unilever in a bid to inspire them to raise questions about the deal.

Farage, Hopkins and IDS expected on red carpet for Brexit: The Movie premiere

Farage, Hopkins and IDS expected on red carpet for Brexit: The Movie premiere

Production company WAGTV is hoping to reach out to undecided voters with an 80-minute documentary Brexit: The Movie, which has its premiere in Leicester Square tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

Ryanair names new public affairs head as Samoilovich leaves after two months

Ryanair names new public affairs head as Samoilovich leaves after two months

Cristian Samoilovich has left his role as the budget airline Ryanair's head of public affairs after less than two months in the role - but the airline has already lined up a successor.

Four Communications account manager wins London Assembly seat

Four Communications account manager wins London Assembly seat

A public affairs account manager at Four Communications has won a place in City Hall as a Member of the London Assembly (MLA) in Thursday's London elections.

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

Labour's Sadiq Khan won a convincing victory over Zac Goldsmith to become Mayor or London on Friday night, taking 57 per cent of the vote, following a contest in which his chief rival paid the price for a negative campaign and accusations of Islamophobia.

Freuds advises Saudi royals on modernisation programmes

Freuds advises Saudi royals on modernisation programmes

Saudi Arabia's ruling family has recently begun using British PR agency Freuds to communicate its new programme of economic and cultural modernisation, it has emerged.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and child refugees

PMQs Twitter round-up: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and child refugees

In a savage PMQs session ahead of polling day tomorrow for the mayoral and council elections, the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn traded blows over Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

How the CIA missed the mark live-tweeting the anniversary of bin Laden's death

How the CIA missed the mark live-tweeting the anniversary of bin Laden's death

The CIA live-tweeted, minute by minute, the events of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday afternoon. Many social media users thought it was inappropriate.

Opinion and features

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Politicians are famous for dodging journalists' questions, and it is happening all too often.

Why there is a different rule book for pitching to broadcast

Why there is a different rule book for pitching to broadcast

As experts we are constantly striving for new and better ways of engaging people; that and delivering greater reach, greater influence and greater returns on investment of course.

Five campaigns we liked in April: Starring Ford, Patrick Stewart and Parkinson's UK

Five campaigns we liked in April: Starring Ford, Patrick Stewart and Parkinson's UK

The slowest Silverstone lap, a Monty Python-style sketch and an animation for Parkinson's Awareness Week were among the campaigns that got a thumbs up from the PRWeek UK team last month.

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

PRWeek's 2013 PR Census showed that 46 per cent of all PR agency employees were aged between 25 and 34. So how can today's generation of great young PR people be confident in the boardroom?

Can the PR industry afford another generation of 'lost women'?

Can the PR industry afford another generation of 'lost women'?

The PR and comms sector is waking up to the 'national blind spot' that employers seem to have when it comes to the gender pay gap - but does it need to do more?

(Real) White House resurrects (fictional) West Wing press secretary for anti-drug message

(Real) White House resurrects (fictional) West Wing press secretary for anti-drug message

The press secretary from the real West Wing met the fictional one for a serious message at Friday's press briefing.

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

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Thomas Cook to make senior comms hires from Sky and rival TUI

Thomas Cook to make senior comms hires from Sky and rival TUI

Travel company Thomas Cook has announced a new head of internal comms and a new head of corporate comms as group comms director Alice Macandrew merges the firm's UK and group PR operations.

Santander appoints corporate comms chief Louise Shield from insurer RSA

Santander appoints corporate comms chief Louise Shield from insurer RSA

Louise Shield will join the bank Santander UK as director of corporate comms on 1 August.

WPP announces new ANZ top-level PR appointment

WPP announces new ANZ top-level PR appointment

Kieran Moore has become the holding company's CEO for PR and public affairs in Australia and New Zealand.

In brief: Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes

Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes and more from PRWeek UK

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

Johnson & Johnson names Michael Sneed chief communications officer

He is replacing Maggie FitzPatrick, who left the healthcare giant earlier this year, in the company's top communications role.

In brief: Chinese airline calls on Rooster, Westminster Advisers hires, Nobu books VIP

Chinese airline calls on Rooster, Westminster Advisers hires from Energy UK, Nobu books VIP Worldwide and more from PRWeek UK.