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Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh turns to 6 Hillgrove to 'rescue reputation'

Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh turns to 6 Hillgrove to 'rescue reputation'

PRWeek has learned that beleaguered Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh has asked 6 Hillgrove for media advice to help rescue her reputation following the collapse of the charity earlier this month.

'Don't compare our rivalry to war': McDonald's rejects Burger King's McWhopper for peace day PR stunt

'Don't compare our rivalry to war': McDonald's rejects Burger King's McWhopper for peace day PR stunt

McDonald's has rejected rival fast food chain Burger King's proposal that the two set aside their differences on next month's International Day of Peace by creating a 'McWhopper' mash-up of each brand's signature dish.

In brief: Made in Chelsea and Frank PR, Red, Ketchum, Albion Drive, TVC

In brief: Made in Chelsea and Frank PR, Red, Ketchum, Albion Drive, TVC

Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing hires Frank PR for candy brand; Crest Nicholson hires Red; Nick Darken moves into Albion Drive creative directorship; Gretchen Huestis moves from London to launch Ketchum Change in Asia; and more from PRWeek UK.

Take part in the PR and comms gender pay gap survey

Take part in the PR and comms gender pay gap survey

There is still time to take part in an industry-wide gender pay gap survey, organised by the PRCA, Women in PR and PRWeek.

How widespread is case study fakery in the PR and comms industry?

How widespread is case study fakery in the PR and comms industry?

The 'sweaty-gate' affair together with the Department for Work and Pensions' fictional case studies might suggest such fakery is alive and well in PR and comms land, much to the chagrin of the industry. But journalists are also complicit in this game, leaving readers to guess whether the subjects of so-called 'real life' stories are just playing a part. How widespread is the practice and can it ever be justified, asks Ian Griggs.

Cancer Research is top charity brand with 90 per cent public recognition

Cancer Research is top charity brand with 90 per cent public recognition

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has retained its place as the UK's top charity brand with nine in ten members of the public recognising it, according to Third Sector magazine's Charity Brand Index.

The Earned Agency appointed to handle Cancer Research Winter Run Series

The Earned Agency appointed to handle Cancer Research Winter Run Series

The Earned Agency has been appointed by Human Race to handle the PR for the Cancer Research Winter Run Series of fundraising events for 2016.

Disability charity FitzRoy appoints Forster Communications to raise awareness

FitzRoy, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities, has appointed Forster Communications to deliver a campaign that raises awareness of the pressures on parents of children with learning disabilities.

Greenpeace holds Titanic-themed musical protest at Shell HQ over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace holds Titanic-themed musical protest at Shell HQ over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace held a Titanic-themed musical protest outside Shell's offices this morning after the oil company began drilling operations in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea last week.

GoGen was not 'sunk by silence', says PR that represented under-fire fundraisers

GoGen was not 'sunk by silence', says PR that represented under-fire fundraisers

The PR firm that represented the fundraising agency GoGen before it went into administration has refuted the suggestion that the agency was sunk by its own silence in the face of Daily Mail allegations.

Pagoda Porter Novelli hired as first countryside PR firm for National Trust for Scotland

Pagoda Porter Novelli hired as first countryside PR firm for National Trust for Scotland

Edinburgh agency Pagoda Porter Novelli has been given a two-year contract to handle PR for the National Trust for Scotland's countryside portfolio.

Fundraising firm GoGen ceases trading following damaging media investigation

Fundraising firm GoGen ceases trading following damaging media investigation

GoGen, a fundraising company at the centre of a newspaper investigation into charity cold-calling, has ceased trading with the loss of nearly 500 jobs.

TUC gets Bance as new head of comms as unions come under 'severe attack'

TUC gets Bance as new head of comms as unions come under 'severe attack'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has appointed Antonia Bance as its new comms chief following last month's retirement of Nigel Stanley, who had held the role for 18 years.

Opinion and features

Why silence, not fundraising tactics, sunk GoGen

Why silence, not fundraising tactics, sunk GoGen

The demise of GoGen last weekend was an object lesson in the dangers of not refining your crisis comms response.

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.

Flop of the month: PRCA blasts official advice to charities over Lobbying Act

Flop of the month: PRCA blasts official advice to charities over Lobbying Act

The Charity Commission and the Electoral Commission are both under fire from the PRCA for giving charities conflicting advice on how to navigate the finer points of the Lobbying Act.

Brands are failing women's sport

Brands are failing women's sport

The success of the England team at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup has only further increased my ire because it highlights the great brand hypocrisy of our time: why aren't brands investing in women's sport?

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

I am not surprised at Tessa Jowell's appointment as Chime Specialist Group chair - social purpose has been one of the PR industry's worst kept secrets over the past few years, with the discovery that values are an incredibly important part of reputation and building relationships with consumers and stakeholders.

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

Take the money or keep your principles: The moral dilemma for PRs

We have recently ceased working on a project. I'd like to say it was a mutual agreement brought about by creative differences, but that would be like saying we won't work for a tobacco company because we think cigarettes might be a bit unhealthy.

Social naivety put the brakes on support for Tube strike

Social naivety put the brakes on support for Tube strike

From a quick scan of my Twitter feed yesterday morning, it would appear that most people's feelings towards yesterday's Tube strike ranged from mild annoyance to seething anger. How dare those greedy so-and-so's on £50k, working 36 hours a week, with 42 days holiday, ask for more money, went the general rhetoric.

Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?

Have companies lost their legal right to defend their reputations?

Without much fanfare, a new Defamation Act last year introduced what could be a significant obstacle for any business wishing to rely on its legal rights to defend and protect its reputation.

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

The much-hyped, media-saturated Cannes Lions week is over for another year and it is easy to forget that, beyond the glittering yachts and the Yves St Laurent (apparently), the whole point of this 'international festival of creativity' is to be the showcase of the best campaigns from around the world.

Video: Former Miss Universe Gabriela Isler on why she became a brand ambassador for In/Pact

Video: Former Miss Universe Gabriela Isler on why she became a brand ambassador for In/Pact

Gabriella Isler speaks to Steve Barrett about her work for the social-good platform In/Pact

Recent people moves

In brief: Hozelock appoints The Ideas Network, The Cult PR gets street food deal, Bottle hires editor

In brief: Hozelock appoints The Ideas Network, The Cult PR gets street food deal, Bottle hires editor

Hozelock brings in The Ideas Network on year-long contract; Street food firm Magicgoal hires The Cult PR; Bottle appoints Liz Beswick as editor and more from PRWeek UK.

Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin appointed to new roles to lead Grayling in the Midlands

Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin appointed to new roles to lead Grayling in the Midlands

Grayling has made the internal appointments of Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin as joint heads of Grayling Midlands, with immediate effect.

Outside Organisation restructures corporate and music divisions

Outside Organisation restructures corporate and music divisions

Entertainment PR company Outside Organisation has made senior promotions across the business, with Chris Goodman becoming director of media and events and Nick Caley becoming head of corporate comms.

Cohn & Wolfe hires Weber Shandwick's Kate Joynes-Burgess to head digital in UK and EMEA

Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) has appointed Weber Shandwick's Kate Joynes-Burgess as its new head of digital and integrated marketing for the UK and EMEA.

Ex-Wonga public affairs chief Delroy Corinaldi joins David Lammy's London mayoral bid team

Ex-Wonga public affairs chief Delroy Corinaldi joins David Lammy's London mayoral bid team

Former Wonga public affairs chief Delroy Corinaldi has been appointed as strategy director for David Lammy's campaign to be elected London Mayor, PRWeek has learned.

Leonard Cheshire Disability hires Macmillan's Gus Baldwin to corporate affairs role

Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people, has appointed Macmillan Cancer Support head of public affairs Gus Baldwin to a new, expanded corporate affairs role.

Christie's appoints Catherine Manson as global head of comms

Christie's appoints Catherine Manson as global head of comms

Christie's, the fine arts auction house, has appointed Catherine Manson as global head of communications.

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.