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Frank tasked with putting recycling back on the agenda

Frank tasked with putting recycling back on the agenda

Frank PR has won the pitch to promote a Government and Coca-Cola Enterprises-backed initiative encouraging the collection of plastic packaging for recycling.

Free access to PRWeek's iPad edition comes to an end for non-subscribers

Free access to PRWeek's iPad edition comes to an end for non-subscribers

PRWeek's iPad edition is becoming a paid-for product, although our subscribers will continue to receive free access as part of their package.

Newsmaker: Vickie Sheriff heads for global challenges at Diageo

Newsmaker: Vickie Sheriff heads for global challenges at Diageo

Diageo's new global comms director is a "robust and clear-headed" figure with 21 years' experience in Whitehall.

Is Freuds' six-figure public health contract facing the end of the line?

Is Freuds' six-figure public health contract facing the end of the line?

Freuds, one of the great survivors of government budget cuts, is having to fight to keep hold of public health communications work that has earned it at least £700,000 in recent months.

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

The NHS is considering creating an additional comms roster as the service continues to shift in the wake of last year's structural reforms.

Diageo hands global comms director role to UK govt figure Vickie Sheriff

Diageo hands global comms director role to UK govt figure Vickie Sheriff

Alcohol giant Diageo has hired Vickie Sheriff, the Department for Transport's director of communications and former deputy spokeswoman to the Prime Minister, as global communications director.

PM "extremely sorry" for hiring Andy Coulson as director of comms

PM "extremely sorry" for hiring Andy Coulson as director of comms

David Cameron has apologised for employing Andy Coulson as his director of comms following Coulson's conviction for phone hacking today.

Andy Coulson found guilty of phone hacking as Rebekah Brooks is cleared

Andy Coulson found guilty of phone hacking as Rebekah Brooks is cleared

The Prime Minister's former comms director Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking at the Old Bailey, while his ex-tabloid colleague Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all charges.

Communications Management grows higher education offer with triple hire

Communications Management grows higher education offer with triple hire

Communications Management is bolstering its ability to help its university clients attract international students with the hire of three in-house higher education specialists.

Freuds forced to partner up to repitch for key government health contract

Freuds forced to partner up to repitch for key government health contract

Freuds is believed to have partnered with another agency in order to keep hold of its work for Public Health England (PHE), for which the new government marketing services roster bars it from pitching directly.

Former Tory council leader Merrick Cockell to chair public affairs agency Cratus

Former Tory council leader Merrick Cockell to chair public affairs agency Cratus

Sir Merrick Cockell will be joining Cratus Communications as executive chairman next month, along with Conservative MP Bob Neill and former John Laing MD Tim Grier as non-executive directors.

Forster called in to help challenge body anxiety

Forster called in to help challenge body anxiety

A new coalition led by Unilever brand Dove that draws together the Government, business and charities to battle body image anxiety has hired Forster Communications to help shape its strategy.

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Describing David Cameron as "bumbling" and Craig Oliver as "just clueless" seems to be in character for a man whom people describe as a "tribal" operator.

'We're not Stalinists', retorts council comms figure to Eric Pickles

'We're not Stalinists', retorts council comms figure to Eric Pickles

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has distanced itself from media guidance labelled "Stalinist" by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.

Opinion and features

The three 'must-dos' for crisis communicators

The three 'must-dos' for crisis communicators

A council's reputation can be destroyed in a few hours if you aren't prepared and fail to move fast during a crisis.

Hague's 'Brangelina' stunt distracts public from the real issue

Hague's 'Brangelina' stunt distracts public from the real issue

'Team Hague' failed to make the right impression when its message got lost among 'Brangelina' fever

Seeing red: Local government needs to regain trust, not lose it

Seeing red: Local government needs to regain trust, not lose it

Stop telling us to 'spin' says Cormac Smith, chairman of LGcommunications.

Switching to part-time

Switching to part-time

London Communications Agency director Suzi Lawrence has worked three days a week since returning from maternity leave in May 2013. Here, she and LCA co-founder Jonny Popper discuss the process by which they have both made this work.

Comms teams must tackle the ugly side of World Cup craziness

Comms teams must tackle the ugly side of World Cup craziness

To improve public order during the World Cup, communicators need to change people's perspective and then their behaviour.

Peston's "bullshitters" attack was about more than just journalists versus PRs

Peston's "bullshitters" attack was about more than just journalists versus PRs

I imagine there was a great deal of tea spat out last Friday when it was reported that BBC journalist Robert Peston had turned on PR people, all guns blazing, describing them as "professional bullshitters".

Communicators should sit up and take note - middle age is the new youth

Communicators should sit up and take note - middle age is the new youth

What's the common link between Radio 2, ITV, the Daily Mail and UKIP?

Flop of the month: Kent commissioner gets tongue-tied in own documentary

Flop of the month: Kent commissioner gets tongue-tied in own documentary

Kent police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes' documentary was a PR disaster.

Top of the month: Home Secretary delivers stinging attack on Police Federation

Top of the month: Home Secretary delivers stinging attack on Police Federation

Good on Home Secretary Theresa May for giving the Police Federation a kicking.

The lost art of telephone sales

The lost art of telephone sales

Calling a journalist with a pitch could be a make-or-break moment for you and your client.

The Government's #digitalnatives: Outsourcing comms to the community

The Government's #digitalnatives: Outsourcing comms to the community

The Government announced recently that it plans to recruit '100 digital natives' to bolster its communications service as part of its modernisation drive.

Leaders in communications

6 November 2014, London

Designed by leaders in comms for leaders in comms, this event offers a unique opportunity to tackle the most persistent challenges faced at the very top of communications.

www.leadersincomms.com

Recent public sector people moves

Hume Brophy hires former MEP Brian Simpson

Hume Brophy hires former MEP Brian Simpson

Hume Brophy has appointed Brian Simpson, the former MEP and chair of the European Parliament Transport Committee, as a senior consultant.

Former Treasury special adviser Julia Goldsworthy joins Hanover

Former Treasury special adviser Julia Goldsworthy joins Hanover

Hanover Communications has secured the services of Liberal Democrat politician Julia Goldsworthy, who was a special adviser in the Treasury for four years, as a senior policy adviser.

Covington & Burling hires Fipra's Sebastian Vos to head government affairs

Covington & Burling hires Fipra's Sebastian Vos to head government affairs

Law firm Covington & Burling has appointed Sebastian Vos to head up the European division of its global public policy and government affairs practice.

Tony Blair lures Richard Taylor from top Morrisons comms job

Tony Blair lures Richard Taylor from top Morrisons comms job

Morrisons director of corporate affairs and comms and former Labour Party policy officer Richard Taylor has left the beleaguered supermarket to join Tony Blair Associates.

Royal Mail's 2012 gold postboxes lead Tim Cowen joins British Gas

Royal Mail's 2012 gold postboxes lead Tim Cowen joins British Gas

British Gas has appointed Tim Cowen, who worked on Royal Mail's celebrated London 2012 gold postboxes campaign, as head of media relations.

Unilever's Barney Wyld to join Network Rail as comms director

Unilever's Barney Wyld to join Network Rail as comms director

Former Unilever vice-president, global campaigns and digital, Barney Wyld is to join Network Rail as its new communications director after the departure of Tom Kelly.