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Murdoch papers and PR industry welcome Matt Tee as press regulation chief

Murdoch papers and PR industry welcome Matt Tee as press regulation chief

News this morning that the former permanent secretary for government comms, Matt Tee, has been appointed as the first chief executive of the new media regulator, IPSO, has met with a mixed reaction.

British Heart Foundation hires Cancer Research UK's comms head Carolan Davidge

British Heart Foundation hires Cancer Research UK's comms head Carolan Davidge

Carolan Davidge has been hired by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to a newly created director of marketing and engagement role.

Engineering body hires Julian Francis as policy and external affairs director

Engineering body hires Julian Francis as policy and external affairs director

Julian Francis has joined the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) as director of policy and external affairs.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

Golden Goose hired for £2m global VIP party fundraisers

Golden Goose hired for £2m global VIP party fundraisers

Worldwide Exposure, the creative agency behind a series of global VIP fundraisers, has appointed Golden Goose PR.

Business lobby group London First hires Victoria Bacon as comms director

Business lobby group London First hires Victoria Bacon as comms director

Victoria Bacon, the head of comms at the Association of British Travel Agents, is joining London First in October, replacing Rob McIvor as director of comms.

Mario Ambrosi and Simon Francis to lead PRCA not-for-profit group

Mario Ambrosi and Simon Francis to lead PRCA not-for-profit group

Mario Ambrosi and Simon Francis have been appointed as chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the PRCA's not-for-profit and charity group.

WHO expresses "deep sadness" at media officer's death on downed aircraft

WHO expresses "deep sadness" at media officer's death on downed aircraft

The World Health Organization has paid tribute to one of its media officers, Glenn Thomas, who was among those killed yesterday on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine.

NSPCC appoints Frank, Grayling and MSL to new PR roster

NSPCC appoints Frank, Grayling and MSL to new PR roster

The NSPCC has appointed four PR agencies to provide support across national fundraising, public education and campaigning activity following a competitive tender process.

Cancer Research UK to promote Laura Peters as head of PR

Cancer Research UK to promote Laura Peters as head of PR

Laura Peters will be promoted from senior PR manager to head of PR at Cancer Research UK following the departure of Nicola Dodd.

Mining town charity appoints Open to boost profile after funding cut

Mining town charity appoints Open to boost profile after funding cut

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a charity working with people who live in former mining towns and villages, has appointed Open Communications to help raise its profile as its government funding comes to an end.

Kaper hires Cancer Research UK's head of PR Nicola Dodd

Kaper hires Cancer Research UK's head of PR Nicola Dodd

Cancer Research UK's head of PR and social media Nicola Dodd has been hired to a newly created role as director at Kaper.

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Chris Patten is to lead a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to modernise the Holy See's media strategy, the Vatican announced today.

Opinion and features

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

The best evidence is tested on its merits

The best evidence is tested on its merits

Evidence that informs public policy must stand the test of scrutiny, whether it is from NGOs or businesses.

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

The debate about charities being 'too political' is rumbling on this week after a Conservative MP asked the Charity Commission to investigate whether an Oxfam campaign breached guidelines.

Getting in the global spotlight at the Cannes Lions festival

Getting in the global spotlight at the Cannes Lions festival

The UK's best young PR talent are bidding for global glory at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Comms Directors Survey: Are you reactive or proactive?
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Comms Directors Survey: Are you reactive or proactive?

The irresistible rise of social media, the desirability of flexible working and the gap between brand values and corporate decisions: the PRWeek/Brands2Life Comms Directors Survey highlights all this and more.

Showcase: A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

Showcase: A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

Dogs Trust and Eulogy, November 2013

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.

Cancer Research UK takes the selfie and makes it its own

Cancer Research UK takes the selfie and makes it its own

PR Week digital editor Lynsey Barber reckons that Cancer Research UK's #nomakeupselfie was one of the finest examples of bandwagon jumping she's ever witnessed.

#nomakeupselfie shows how social platforms can provide opportunities for social good

#nomakeupselfie shows how social platforms can provide opportunities for social good

Identity, self worth and the social self are key considerations when producing viral campaigns, so it's no wonder #nomakeupselfie is such a success when done for social good.

MSL's Miracle Machine hoax campaign turns heads

MSL's Miracle Machine hoax campaign turns heads

MSLGroup's hoax campaign for a product that claims to turn water into wine has garnered 750 million impressions so far, while surreptitiously raising awareness for clean water nonprofit Wine to Water, the agency said.

Recent people moves

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

The Priory, the addiction clinic known for treating a string of high-profile figures, has handed former Conservative adviser Tom Muir a newly created comms role.

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.

Betty McBride to retire after 14 years leading communications for BHF

Betty McBride to retire after 14 years leading communications for BHF

The British Heart Foundation's director of policy and communications, Betty McBride, is to retire from the charity next month.

Global Tolerance founder launches competition to lead agency

Global Tolerance founder launches competition to lead agency

Simon Cohen, the man behind Global Tolerance, an agency which has worked with clients including the Dalai Lama, has launched a global hunt for his successor.

Oxfam hires Save The Children UK's Jack Lundie to lead GB comms

Oxfam hires Save The Children UK's Jack Lundie to lead GB comms

Oxfam GB has recruited Save The Children UK's Jack Lundie to lead a newly slimmed-down comms operation.

Oxfam hires Liz Matthews PR for VIP relationships

LONDON: Oxfam has appointed Liz Matthews PR to handle VIP relationships and strategy for the charity.