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Sorrell: data and digital have helped PR industry lose its 'inferiority complex'

Sorrell: data and digital have helped PR industry lose its 'inferiority complex'

PR has changed dramatically in the last two years as data and digital skills come to the fore and the industry has less of an inferiority complex than it did, according to WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell.

Labour and Conservatives must project unity to voters beyond conference hall

Labour and Conservatives must project unity to voters beyond conference hall

Labour must convey the message to voters beyond the conference hall that it can hold the Government to account on the issues on which it is united, such as Brexit, grammar schools and health, according to Tony Blair's former comms director, David Hill.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Grammar schools, Brexit and Christmas

PMQs Twitter round-up: Grammar schools, Brexit and Christmas

The second PMQs session of the new Parliamentary season saw Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn question Theresa May in his final session before the opposition's leadership election.

PRCA warns lobbyists on transparency after agency employing ex-minister omits declaration

PRCA warns lobbyists on transparency after agency employing ex-minister omits declaration

The PRCA has issued a warning to members after PRWeek found discrepancies between two agencies' entries on the APPC and PRCA lobbying registers, one of which was in breach of the body's code of conduct.

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Today, the PRCA has announced it will include gender pay gap reporting in its kitemark accreditation for consultancies for the first time, in a game-changing move that could have far-reaching implications for the industry and fair pay for women.

Vote Leave PR lead and Cameron's former strategy chief join forces in new agency

Vote Leave PR lead and Cameron's former strategy chief join forces in new agency

The man who led the comms for official Brexit campaign group Vote Leave and the former director of strategy for David Cameron have come together to launch an agency based in East London.

HS2 spokesman Ruse departs to open London office of Social Communications

HS2 spokesman Ruse departs to open London office of Social Communications

The Manchester agency Social Communications has opened a London base led by Ben Ruse, who has spent the last three years as lead spokesman for the rail project High Speed 2.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Brexit negotiations and climate change

PMQs Twitter round-up: Housing, Brexit negotiations and climate change

The first PMQs post-recess, saw MPs in buoyant mood with Theresa May congratulating the returning GB Olympic team as she took her place at the Dispatch Box.

May's 'Thatcher moment' awaits as junior doctors' public support appears exhausted

May's 'Thatcher moment' awaits as junior doctors' public support appears exhausted

The British Medical Association and its striking junior doctors risk "overplaying their hand" with continued strike action, with the government appearing to believe it can win the battle for public support, public affairs professionals have told PRWeek.

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

PRWeek's new survey of 300 respondents reveals what PRs really think of journalists, and vice versa. In the final section, we explore what journalists and PRs admire and abhor about each other, as well as their favourite PR agencies and media outlets.

PRCA to allow anonymous whistleblowing in new code of conduct

PRCA to allow anonymous whistleblowing in new code of conduct

The PRCA has updated its code of conduct to speed up the system for dealing with complaints and allow anonymous whistleblowing.

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

PRWeek's new survey of 300 respondents reveals what PRs really think of journalists, and vice versa. The latest excerpt highlights the respective pay packets and job satisfaction.

LBC radio presenter Tom Swarbrick named head of broadcast at 10 Downing Street

LBC radio presenter Tom Swarbrick named head of broadcast at 10 Downing Street

LBC radio presenter Tom Swarbrick has left his role to work for Theresa May as head of broadcast at 10 Downing Street.

Watch: Senior Sun journalists on what makes a good PR

Watch: Senior Sun journalists on what makes a good PR

As part of our survey on the relationship between journalists and PRs, PRWeek took a trip to News UK's headquarters to ask senior Sun journalists about the key skills they admire in good PRs.

Opinion and features

Labour Conference: which agencies are out in force, and what's the mood music at kick-off?

Labour Conference: which agencies are out in force, and what's the mood music at kick-off?

As the Labour Party Conference gets into full swing in Liverpool, members will be losing count of how many mentions of "unity" they are hearing, while public affairs professionals appear not quite as numerous.

Labour must engage with the private sector or businesses will stop attending conference

Labour must engage with the private sector or businesses will stop attending conference

Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as leader of the Labour Party proved that he represents the vast majority of party members but, for businesses, the question is whether they should be bothering to attend.

From Nimbys to Yimbys (yes, in my back yard)

From Nimbys to Yimbys (yes, in my back yard)

There's an irrefutably good communications logic at the heart of the Government's intended upgrade of its Neighbourhood Planning legislation.

Outrage at 'Bake Off' move risks giving Channel 4 a soggy bottom

Outrage at 'Bake Off' move risks giving Channel 4 a soggy bottom

The news that Channel 4 has outbid BBC to air future episodes of the Great British Bake Off has left fans of the show angrier than Paul Hollywood with a face full of over-baked pancakes.

Theresa May has six comms priorities, half-way through her first 100 days

Theresa May has six comms priorities, half-way through her first 100 days

Theresa May is back from China, half-way through her first 100 days as Prime Minister and this is the period in which leaders establish - by default or by design - their governing style, narrative and priorities.

Time for the PR industry to put its money where its mouth is on equal pay

Time for the PR industry to put its money where its mouth is on equal pay

Autumn 2016 may come to be seen as a turning point in the debate around equal pay for women in the PR industry, as the PRCA moves to compel agency members to include gender pay gap reporting in its quality kitemark.

Grilled: Mark Wallace, executive editor, ConservativeHome

Grilled: Mark Wallace, executive editor, ConservativeHome

The ConservativeHome executive editor talks about his passion for all kinds of digging and the power of activism...

Hacks and Flacks can work together as allies, not adversaries

Hacks and Flacks can work together as allies, not adversaries

At its best, PR is the most satisfying and effective form of communication there is - a hugely sophisticated form of precision marketing that transforms businesses and builds reputations.

Does pornography have a place in the PR campaigns of the future?

Does pornography have a place in the PR campaigns of the future?

Before you dismiss this article and its clickbait heading, ask yourself what your relationship to porn is.

Should comms professionals be talking about terrorism?

Should comms professionals be talking about terrorism?

The recent announcement that a further 3,000 armed police would be deployed on the streets of Britain to prepare for a "not if, but when" terror attack, should also be a call to action for crisis management experts to prepare clients for their worst possible case scenario.

Are relationships between charities and drug manufacturers always toxic?

Are relationships between charities and drug manufacturers always toxic?

A plea by cancer charities Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK to make innovative treatments more widely available on the NHS is not a surprising headline.

Recent public sector people moves

Former Theresa May adviser joins Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs

Former Theresa May adviser joins Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs

Joey Jones, the former Sky political journalist and briefly a media adviser to Theresa May during her home secretary tenure, has been appointed by Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs.

Former Tony Blair adviser John McTernan joins Penn Schoen Berland

Former Tony Blair adviser John McTernan joins Penn Schoen Berland

McTernan will lead the firm's international political practice effective next month.

Hanover reappoints Daniel Gilbert after BIS special adviser role

Hanover reappoints Daniel Gilbert after BIS special adviser role

Daniel Gilbert has returned to Hanover as senior policy adviser, after a 14-month stint as special adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

In brief: Mountain Warehouse splits with House, Lewis honoured by CIPR, PHA's wins

Mountain Warehouse brings consumer in-house, Lewis honoured by CIPR, PHA's pair of wins and more from PRWeek UK.

Vote Leave media head Robert Oxley joins Department for International Development

Vote Leave media head Robert Oxley joins Department for International Development

Robert Oxley, previously head of media at the pro-Brexit campaign group Vote Leave, has joined the Department for International Development as a special adviser.

In brief: Sauce's travel win, SNP minister turns PR man, Beeby joins Luther Pendragon

Sauce takes travel briefs, SNP minister turns PR man, FWD's Adrian Beeby joins Luther Pendragon

In brief: ITV wins for Tin Man, DawBell hired by SecondScreen, Freshwater's results

ITV Studios wins for Tin Man, DawBell hired for SecondScreen, Freshwater's profit rise, Social Circle appoints Propeller PR and more from PRWeek UK.