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Food and Drink Federation hires former Diageo director Ian Wright as director general

Food and Drink Federation hires former Diageo director Ian Wright as director general

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed former Diageo comms director Ian Wright as its new director general.

Negative social sentiment soars for Cameron and Miliband after cash-for-access scandal

Negative social sentiment soars for Cameron and Miliband after cash-for-access scandal

Negative sentiment towards David Cameron and Ed Miliband has increased after the latest cash-for-access scandal involving former foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, according to new research by Talkwalker.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of people working in PR have experienced mental illness, according to an exclusive survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

Nick Ede of EdenCancan to launch agency East of Eden

Nick Ede of EdenCancan to launch agency East of Eden

Nick Ede, the creative director of EdenCancan, is to launch a new agency called East of Eden, which will concentrate on charity campaigns.

'Polifiller' political cliche removal tool updated for general election

Houston PR has updated its "automatic political jargon removal tool", known as 'Polifiller', ahead of the coming general election.

Government Communications Service signs PRCA deal, boosting trade body membership 23 per cent

The Government Communications Service has signed a deal with the PRCA that will see around 3,000 of its personnel join the organisation.

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

The media firestorm over HSBC has highlighted one of the worst excesses in banking since the financial crisis of 2008. The revelations have created a toxic vortex, threatening to suck in all who come to be associated with it, including political parties of all stripes. But the current crisis only serves to cement an already strong feeling among the public that banks cannot be trusted and the road to redemption just got longer for the whole sector. PRWeek spoke to senior figures in financial and corporate comms to get their take on the scale of the damage and whether it can even be repaired.

PLMR pulls out of controversial Durand Academy bid

PLMR pulls out of controversial Durand Academy bid

PLMR has withdrawn its bid to represent the Durand Academy, blaming "mischievous suggestions" about the transparency of the bid process.

HMRC makes three senior 'heavyweight' appointments

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced three new "heavyweight" senior external appointments to its comms team, including to the expanded role of head of comms for enforcement and compliance.

Insight Public Affairs rebrands as Insight Consulting Group

Insight Public Affairs rebrands as Insight Consulting Group

Insight Public Affairs has rebranded to become Insight Consulting Group (ICG), in order to better reflect its broader offer.

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

This week, the starting pistol was fired on the 100-day countdown to the general election on 7 May. The field is clear for an extraordinary pitched battle that is both wide open and likely to see the smaller parties, such as UKIP, the Scottish Nationalist Party and the Green Party, take a greater share of the popular vote than at any time in history. But what are the tools that the parties need to win?

Digital Democracy Commission adopts key PRCA recommendations for final report

Digital Democracy Commission adopts key PRCA recommendations for final report

Parliamentarians from the Digital Democracy Commission have adopted suggestions by PRCA members as "key targets" in their final report.

Green Party mocks male-dominated debates with new campaign poster

Green Party mocks male-dominated debates with new campaign poster

The Green Party has released a campaign poster that mocks the four male party leaders who could take part in the general election debates.

Opinion and features

Who would have thought Hacked Off would come to the rescue of journalists?

Who would have thought Hacked Off would come to the rescue of journalists?

Freedom of expression is a noble cause. It is also a battleground. What does it really mean and where are its boundaries?

After Wolf Hall, political 'Bring up the Bodies'

After Wolf Hall, political 'Bring up the Bodies'

The general election will provide a fitting sequel to the BBC's Wolf Hall, as politicians adopt a strategy of 'bring up the bodies' - the old arguments of past NHS debates.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett may have scooped top spot in shambolic media interview stakes

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett may have scooped top spot in shambolic media interview stakes

Tuesday 24 February 2015 should have been a great day for the Greens to set out their vision for a new form of politics that challenges the status quo, but instead the day descended into complete farce.

Disability Confident - make it your business: Top tips for communicators

Disability Confident - make it your business: Top tips for communicators

The CIPR and the minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, have launched a booklet to help comms professionals land their messages more effectively with diverse audiences.

Fishburn's guide to the general election: Planning for Uncertainty

Fishburn's guide to the general election: Planning for Uncertainty

The outcome of the next election is one of the most uncertain in living memory.

Frontline staff must be given comms skills

Frontline staff must be given comms skills

If public services are going to survive cuts over the coming years they need to make fundamental changes to how they communicate.

The health election: Is anyone winning?

The health election: Is anyone winning?

326: The magic number for a majority come May.

Durand Academy bid process slammed as "toxic" by critics

Durand Academy bid process slammed as "toxic" by critics

The tender process for a new contract to represent the controversial Durand Academy has been slammed by critics as "toxic" and "less than straightforward" following an investigation by PRWeek.

EY unveils campaign to freeze out workplace gender inequality

EY unveils campaign to freeze out workplace gender inequality

EY, the global professional services organisation, has launched an initiative to tackle gender inequality in the workplace with an ice screen installation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos.

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

The annual gathering for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brings together a heady mix of politicians, corporations, scientists and philanthropists to address the key challenges of the day. Two writers give PRWeek their perspective from inside the conference.

Fifteen steps to great communications in 2015

The PRCA has launched recommendations for great comms in 2015, following an in-depth consultation with the PRCA's senior members and PR Council.

Recent public sector people moves

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.

Portland unveils content publishing unit and hires 'digital diplomat'

Portland unveils content publishing unit and hires 'digital diplomat'

Portland has broadened its offer with the launch of a content production unit and the hire of 'digital diplomat' Scott Nolan Smith from the British embassy in Washington.

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Former Karma Communications chairman Charles Watson has been appointed to chair Teneo International, the international division of Teneo Holdings, and is targeting major growth in London as a priority.

Mayor's PR agency hires former Newgate director Martin Greig

Mayor's PR agency hires former Newgate director Martin Greig

London & Partners, the Mayor's official promotional company for London, has appointed Martin Greig as head of media and PR.

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

After nearly 33 years as CEO of his eponymous firm, David Fenton has sold the agency and appointed a new chief exec, as he shifts to the role of chairman, effective immediately.

Conservative political adviser Ewan Livingston joins Cicero

Conservative political adviser Ewan Livingston joins Cicero

Cicero Group has expanded its corporate communications team by hiring Ewan Livingston as its energy sector leader.

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed Julie Minns, head of public policy and corporate responsibility at mobile operator Three, as a partner in its political team.