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In brief: Sellotape sticks with Mercieca, Diehl departs, Creston forms partnership

Virgo Health gets innovative, Sellotape sticks with Mercieca, Media Trust founder steps down, Ibérica chooses Burt Greener Communications and more from PRWeek UK.

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.

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.

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.

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

PRWeek's new survey of 300 respondents reveals what PRs really think of journalists, and vice versa. The second part of the feature exposes what they think of each other's roles and how seamless a career swap would be.

In brief: Hope&Glory's liqueur win, Manifest wins Macmillan, Dragons' Den pair hire instinct PR

Hope&Glory toasts liqueur win, Macmillan supported by Manifest, Dragons' Den investees hire instinct PR and more from PRWeek UK.

Watch: Durex says 'share passion, don't share Zika' as Rio 2016 begins

Watch: Durex says 'share passion, don't share Zika' as Rio 2016 begins

Condom maker Durex has joined forces with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to launch global campaign #DontShareZika.

Watch: WaterAid chooses toilet humour in 'Pookémon' parody

Watch: WaterAid chooses toilet humour in 'Pookémon' parody

International development charity WaterAid has parodied the mobile game Pokémon Go for a light-hearted video with a serious message, as it urges viewers to "flush 'em all".

Movember seeks PR agency to help it be more than just the 'tache

Movember seeks PR agency to help it be more than just the 'tache

The men's health charity Movember, which recently saw its UK marcoms chief become its European leader, is on the hunt for a PR agency for a UK campaign, PRWeek has learned.

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Almost half of PR professionals believe client budgets will be reduced in the next 12 months following the EU referendum result, according to an exclusive PRWeek/PRCA survey.

Stronger In pledges to 'hold Brexit campaigners to account' over promises

Stronger In pledges to 'hold Brexit campaigners to account' over promises

Pro-EU campaign group Stronger In has pledged to hold 'leave' campaigners to account for the promises and claims made in the lead-up to the EU referendum, following a consultation with supporters.

Opportunity for small agencies as Government shakes up comms procurement

Opportunity for small agencies as Government shakes up comms procurement

The Government has overhauled its procurement arrangements for comms and campaigns in a move that could see it working with smaller agencies, and those that have never done public sector work in the past.

Freuds hires Duke and Duchess of Cambridge comms man Nick Loughran

Freuds hires Duke and Duchess of Cambridge comms man Nick Loughran

Nick Loughran, the deputy comms secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, will join Freuds in September.

Opinion and features

New Influencers Showcase: Time to Change enlists Suli Breaks for Future in Mind mental health drive

New Influencers Showcase: Time to Change enlists Suli Breaks for Future in Mind mental health drive

Future in Mind for the mental health charity Time to Change was a social marketing campaign to introduce mental health issues to 14- to 18-year-olds and their parents, as a way of destigmatising the issue.

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.

Is three a crowd or should PR people sit in on media interviews?

Is three a crowd or should PR people sit in on media interviews?

They say three's a crowd and sometimes it feels like the phrase was intended for PR and comms professionals who sit in on media interviews.

I am a female CEO and I'm horrified by Kevin Roberts' comments

I am a female CEO and I'm horrified by Kevin Roberts' comments

When I read Saatchi & Saatchi's executive chairman Kevin Roberts' comments on diversity, I was at first shocked, then horrified, then angry and then very, very sad.

Every PR and comms professional should spend time in a newsroom or magazine office

Every PR and comms professional should spend time in a newsroom or magazine office

I used to be the kind of journalist who grumbled about PRs. Particularly ones who sent irrelevant press releases, rang up 20 times a day (to see if I'd got their irrelevant press releases) and began emails with phrases like "hope you're enjoying the sunshine".

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.

Why 'leave' is doing itself no PR favours in aftermath of Jo Cox's death

Why 'leave' is doing itself no PR favours in aftermath of Jo Cox's death

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: The 'leave' campaign risks turning off moderate voters with its comments on Jo Cox's murder and UKIP's controversial poster, despite Boris Johnson's efforts, writes Zoe Gardner, a charity comms officer and PRWeek 30 Under 30 entrant for 2016.

Cannes entries show that PR has some big ideas and even bigger balls

Cannes entries show that PR has some big ideas and even bigger balls

Hello from the midway point of jury duty at Cannes - we've seen pretty much everything we're here to judge, but we're yet to get to the pointy end of shortlist and silverware selection.

Recent people moves

In brief: Finn's sweet wins, ibtm hires, mental health in PR, Thoren leaves RSPB

Finn's sweet wins, mental health initiative, ibtm appoints Davies Tanner and more from PRWeek UK.

Former Nick Clegg aide takes global comms role at MP & Silva

Former Nick Clegg aide takes global comms role at MP & Silva

A former special adviser to Nick Clegg has been appointed global head of comms at the media rights company MP & Silva.

British Council loses comms director to King's College Hospital

British Council loses comms director to King's College Hospital

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Sao Bui-Van as its comms director, taking up his new role next month.

In brief: Powerscourt advises on HPE deal, MSL's US reshuffle, IPG buys Stickyeyes

Powerscourt advises on Micro Focus-HPE deal, MSLGroup's US reshuffle, IPG buys Stickyeyes and more from PRWeek UK

In brief: NBCUniversal ups Raftery, Hobbs to PrettyGreen, OnGuard hires Aspectus

NBCUniversal ups Raftery, Hobbs to PrettyGreen, OnGuard hires Aspectus, Fourth Day goes to Berlin and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: APCO hires health chief, Road wins anti-superbug brief, Spreckley expands

APCO hires health chief, Road wins anti-superbug brief, Spreckley opens in Scotland and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: VPC takes on MHP, rugby body hires from UEFA, Mind Candy PR chief's new role

Online platform lending trust VPC hires MHP, European rugby body EPCR appoints UEFA's Martyn Hindley, Driverless racing contest Roborace hires Mind Candy comms chief.

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.