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Which PR firms have made it onto the Government's tactical agency roster?

Which PR firms have made it onto the Government's tactical agency roster?

The Government Communication Service has given 11 firms a place on the public relations roster of its new 'communications services' agency framework - with Freuds, Weber Shandwick and Portland among those making the list.

PRWeek UK launches new public sector comms bulletin

PRWeek UK launches new public sector comms bulletin

PRWeek is launching a new weekly bulletin focussed on public sector comms, with news, comment, analysis and case studies from the worlds of local & central government, the NHS, public transport, the emergency services and more.

Brexit Britain deeply divided on the future of the country and their families - but united over May

Brexit Britain deeply divided on the future of the country and their families - but united over May

Pro-'leave' supporters feel optimistic about the country - but pessimistic about themselves and their families - while the reverse is true of those who backed 'remain', according to an exclusive poll carried out for PRWeek.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Happy New Year Prime Minister - where's your 'Brexit' plan?

PMQs Twitter round-up: Happy New Year Prime Minister - where's your 'Brexit' plan?

Following the briefest of pleasantries, it did not take long for hostilities to begin between the main political parties, at the first PMQs of the year.

PR will be 'stranded' and 'purposeless' if Section 40 is introduced, comms pros warn

PR will be 'stranded' and 'purposeless' if Section 40 is introduced, comms pros warn

Journalists and members of the PR community have warned there could be dire consequences for the comms industry if the government decides to implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

Lobbying registrar admits law 'does not constitute regulation in its fullest sense'

Lobbying registrar admits law 'does not constitute regulation in its fullest sense'

A spokeswoman for the body regulating Westminster lobbying has told PRWeek that the law underpinning the regime "does not constitute regulation in its fullest sense" and that the registrar wants to "avoid any misconception that it might do so".

British Army appeals to human need to belong in integrated recruitment campaign

British Army appeals to human need to belong in integrated recruitment campaign

The British Army is launching a new recruitment campaign that aims to bring to life the sense of camaraderie experienced by servicemen and women.

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

The creative agency M&C Saatchi has recruited Ros Trinick, currently of public affairs agency PLMR, to lead comms work for its major Home Office counter extremism brief.

Government Communication Service likely to select 11 PR firms for new roster

Government Communication Service likely to select 11 PR firms for new roster

Eleven PR firms have been named as likely incumbents of the Government's new 'communication services' roster, although the list cannot be confirmed until the end of next week at the earliest, for legal reasons.

BBC comms chief bids to retain trust in 'post-truth' world

BBC comms chief bids to retain trust in 'post-truth' world

The BBC must listen more in order to gain the trust of its audience, its director of comms has told PRWeek.

Public Health England enlists children in campaign to emphasise smoking heart risk

Public Health England enlists children in campaign to emphasise smoking heart risk

A campaign launched today by Public Health England (PHE) centres around NHS doctor and kids TV star Dr Ranj Singh working with children to encourage adults to stop smoking.

Government's second One You campaign encourages healthier midlife living

Government's second One You campaign encourages healthier midlife living

Public Health England is using an animated film to encourage 40 to 60-year-olds to make improving their health a new year's resolution.

Public Health England will focus on data for 2020 marketing strategy

Public Health England will focus on data for 2020 marketing strategy

Public Health England will put data and digital at the heart of its three-year marketing plan to 2020, set to be unveiled next year.

Labour puts spotlight on agency co-founded by Theresa May's comms chief

Labour puts spotlight on agency co-founded by Theresa May's comms chief

A Labour MP has tabled 16 questions for various Government ministers on whether they have had any commercial dealings with iNHouse Communications, the agency co-founded by Katie Perrior, the Prime Minister's director of comms.

Opinion and features

Regulation: a crisis of trust?

Regulation: a crisis of trust?

Consider, if you will, two seemingly unconnected stories with potentially seismic implications for the PR industry.

Want to tackle diversity? Dump the diversity circus

Want to tackle diversity? Dump the diversity circus

I was born in Tanzania to a Ugandan father and a Rwandan-Tanzanian mother. I'm always surprised by those that talk about Africa as if it's a country and Africans as if we are all the same.

BritainThinks Brexit Diaries, Week 1: Voters start the year with a warning to the Government

BritainThinks Brexit Diaries, Week 1: Voters start the year with a warning to the Government

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to triggering Article 50 and beginning the UK's exit from the EU.

Unpredictability is the new normal - 3 political predictions for 2017

Unpredictability is the new normal - 3 political predictions for 2017

If 2016 taught us anything, it's that politics is a contrary beast, so forecasting is an intimidating prospect. Nonetheless, here are three predictions for 2017.

We at the BBC must listen more to gain trust

We at the BBC must listen more to gain trust

In a 'post-truth' world, the BBC has to better understand and respond to audience needs to retain credibility.

For brands, see politics: The answers are out there, if you stop asking the questions

For brands, see politics: The answers are out there, if you stop asking the questions

For the sake of the brands you represent, avoid questions and the associated confirmation bias, and start using raw data to find out what people really think.

One PR man, two guv'nors: why PR pros should treat journalists like clients

One PR man, two guv'nors: why PR pros should treat journalists like clients

The client isn't a PR professional's only master, but how do you know what journalists and editors want if you don't get to know them?

Public sector comms pros must create a 'culture of listening'

Public sector comms pros must create a 'culture of listening'

Comms can help Whitehall meet the challenge of the Brexit era by improving the Government's ability to listen to its disgruntled citizens.

Social anxiety: How to manage digital channels in a crisis

Social anxiety: How to manage digital channels in a crisis

In 2017 it is estimated that 2.2 billion people will own a smartphone and, as the world becomes more social, user-generated content will continue to drive the pace of crisis communications.

Public Affairs: Lobbying the Government must now be seen through the prism of Brexit

Public Affairs: Lobbying the Government must now be seen through the prism of Brexit

Brexit has overtaken the economy as the Government's top priority and public affairs practitioners must act fast to make their voices heard

Broadcast television is 80 years old and PR must harness the medium for the digital age

Broadcast television is 80 years old and PR must harness the medium for the digital age

It was 80 years ago this month when Elizabeth Cowell spoke the famous words: "This is direct television from the studios at Alexandra Palace" - the first high-definition television service of its kind, from the BBC.

Recent public sector people moves

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano has appointed Chris Parr, John Prescott's former private secretary and Bell Pottinger veteran, as director of its built environment and professional services business.

Brexit department's new comms chief needs 'the patience of a saint' and an 'entrepreneurial streak'

Brexit department's new comms chief needs 'the patience of a saint' and an 'entrepreneurial streak'

Whoever takes the newly advertised role of head of communications at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU) faces "no small challenge" in an unusual position, public affairs and political PR experts say.

In brief: CCgroup wins Mitek, Dole hires Threepipe, Aquila appoints Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

CCgroup handed UK PR brief by Mitek, Threepipe to launch new Dole product range, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins Aquila, PRCA members elect new vice chair, and more from PRWeek UK.

Former PR for BBC and police in Northern Ireland dies in road accident

Former PR for BBC and police in Northern Ireland dies in road accident

Austin Hunter, a highly respected Northern Irish journalist and comms professional who worked for the BBC and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has died aged 64.

Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre attacks 'insidious' press regulation ahead of update to Editors' Code

Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre attacks 'insidious' press regulation ahead of update to Editors' Code

Paul Dacre, Daily Mail editor and chairman of the Editors' Code of Practice, has attacked those who "insidiously conspire to manacle press freedom" ahead of the group's decision to consult on and update the Code.

In brief: Golin's new digital head, Edelman expands UK team, Bite wins Pixoneye

Golin London appoints new head of digital, Edelman expands its corporate reputation division, Aurora adopts a new management structure, and more from PRWeek UK.

Tim Singleton of ITV News to join UK Department for International Development as comms chief

Tim Singleton of ITV News to join UK Department for International Development as comms chief

ITV News deputy editor Tim Singleton has been appointed director of communications for the Department for International Development (DfID).