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Pagoda PR buys up CM Porter Novelli

Pagoda PR buys up CM Porter Novelli

Two of Scotland's biggest PR firms have merged to create one of Scotland's biggest PR and public affairs agencies, Pagoda Porter Novelli.

Operation Elveden journalists blast 'vindictive prosecution'

Operation Elveden journalists blast 'vindictive prosecution'

Journalists who have had bribery cases against them dropped have spoken out against the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Obama uses 'anger translator' at annual press dinner to tell it like it is

Obama uses 'anger translator' at annual press dinner to tell it like it is

As the President of the United States, you probably have to bite your lip to prevent yourself from speaking your mind a hundred times a day.

Six more industry pros throw their hat in the ring for seat in Parliament

Six more industry pros throw their hat in the ring for seat in Parliament

Six more industry professionals are running as parliamentary candidates in the general election, PRWeek has learned.

PRCA welcomes rulings ordering ministers to publish diaries

PRCA welcomes rulings ordering ministers to publish diaries

On Thursday, two courts ruled that Whitehall cannot use exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act to protect ministerial diaries from public scrutiny.

Can #Milifandom give Labour the edge?

Can #Milifandom give Labour the edge?

Labour leader Ed Miliband received a surprising boost in popularity this week after the #Milifandom hashtag took off on Twitter. But will this digital support translate into votes come 7 May?

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.

Tory party co-chairman denies "bonkers" Wikipedia editing claims

Tory party co-chairman denies "bonkers" Wikipedia editing claims

Conservative Party co-chairman Grant Shapps has dismissed reports that he masterminded edits to Wikipedia to improve his public image and smear party rivals.

Bell Pottinger releases social media tool to track general election

Bell Pottinger releases social media tool to track general election

Bell Pottinger has launched a social media dashboard, which aims to offer daily insight into the general election campaign.

TV is top medium for grabbing attention and influencing voters

TV is top medium for grabbing attention and influencing voters

Politicians should rethink outdated campaigning techniques such as billboard advertising, according to a new 'Election Engagement Index' from Weber Shandwick and Research Now.

Conservatives top 'Polifiller' manifesto check with 200 clichés

Conservatives top 'Polifiller' manifesto check with 200 clichés

The Conservative Party's 'Big Society' mantra came out on top after Houston PR ran all available party manifestos through its 'automated political cliché removal tool'.

The language of politicians is turning off voters, according to poll

The language of politicians is turning off voters, according to poll

Research by Golin, in association with the polling organisation Toluna, found that a third of the British electorate trust candidates less when they lapse into buzzwords and "politician-speak".

Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour's plan to end long-term unpaid internships if it wins the election has been welcomed by the PRCA.

The eight public affairs professionals standing to become MPs

The eight public affairs professionals standing to become MPs

Staff from Bell Pottinger, Hanover and FleishmanHillard are among those from public affairs agencies standing as parliamentary candidates at the general election, PRWeek has learned.

Opinion and features

Political parties must work harder to win the votes of women

Political parties must work harder to win the votes of women

In the run up to the election, The Equality Movement launched a digital campaign asking political parties to address gender equality as a mainstream economic issue, and here is why: fewer women will vote in this general election than men.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Should companies get involved in general elections?

Should companies get involved in general elections?

A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.

Showcase: The ManVan

Showcase: The ManVan

Prostate Cancer UK teamed up with fellow charities Tenovus and the Movember Foundation for its innovative ManVan campaign.

Winning the election will be the easy part for the next Secretary of State for Health

Winning the election will be the easy part for the next Secretary of State for Health

The 'lucky' winner of the post of next Health Secretary will take over a service facing unprecedented but not unpredictable demand for NHS care from a population living longer (often with increasingly complex health and care needs), and with little spare cash to pay for it.

Today's communicators need an appetite for disruption

Today's communicators need an appetite for disruption

Changing minds requires a jolt as well as a nudge.

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.

Macmillan Cancer Support's Lynda Thomas trains her lens on comms

Macmillan Cancer Support's Lynda Thomas trains her lens on comms

The charity chief says her background in comms means it is high on her agenda in helping Macmillan stand out.

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.

Showcase: The Office for Estimation

Showcase: The Office for Estimation

Smart Energy GB, an independent organisation promoting the use of smart meters, teamed up with Third City, ad agency AMV, PHD and the Daily Mirror to launch an April Fool's campaign to highlight their benefits when it comes to utility bills.

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.

Recent public sector people moves

William Hague's former adviser Chris White joins Bellenden

William Hague's former adviser Chris White joins Bellenden

Bellenden has hired William Hague's former special adviser Chris White to join the senior management team at its public affairs arm.

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland has appointed Anthony Simon, who heads up digital comms at the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, to join the agency's international team.

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP has appointed former BBC producer Sarah White as a press officer ahead of the general election in May.

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org, the petition website, has hired Tom Bage from corporate comms agency Pagefield as UK director of comms.

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.

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.