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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.

Unicef seeks comms agency for global PR and strategy brief

Unicef seeks comms agency for global PR and strategy brief

The United Nations' charity presently uses a number of agencies for creative campaigns

Culture Secretary announces review of BBC ahead of charter renewal

Culture Secretary announces review of BBC ahead of charter renewal

The Government has launched a Green Paper to look at the future of the BBC, but has put on hold plans to scrap legal enforcement of the television licence fee.

TUC co-ordinates 'positive' campaign by unions over Trade Union Bill

TUC co-ordinates 'positive' campaign by unions over Trade Union Bill

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is co-ordinating trade unions' response to the Government's new Trade Union Bill, saying the campaign will focus on "promoting our positive agenda".

CIPR's new lobbying register welcomed by government registrar

The CIPR has launched the UK Lobbying Register, it was announced today.

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

A new survey shows that the stubborn issue of the gender pay gap refuses to go away, despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago. It reveals that men in the PR and comms industry are, on average, paid £10,000 more than women and that they receive a "staggering" £65,000 more in bonus payments than women in equivalent roles.

#WalkTogether campaign to mark 7/7 bombings becomes top trend on Twitter

#WalkTogether campaign to mark 7/7 bombings becomes top trend on Twitter

The #WalkTogether campaign to commemorate the London bombings, backed by a multi-faceted PR campaign, received more than 15,000 tweets in the 24 hours after its launch and was trending at number one in London and the UK.

PR firms support launch of 7/7 anti-extremism campaign in schools

PR firms support launch of 7/7 anti-extremism campaign in schools

Claremont Social Communications, Hopscotch Consulting and On Broadcast are working with the family of Miriam Hyman, who died in the 7/7 London bombings, to launch an anti-extremism campaign in schools.

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace has produced a new campaign film that celebrates electronic motor sport Formula E.

CIPR 2014 income flat despite growing membership in 'year of modernisation'

CIPR 2014 income flat despite growing membership in 'year of modernisation'

The CIPR's full-year income has remained flat despite growth in membership in 2014, dubbed a "year of modernisation" for the body.

Threepipe to run 888ladies Race for Life sponsorship

Threepipe to run 888ladies Race for Life sponsorship

Threepipe has been appointed by online bingo site 888ladies to launch its sponsorship of Cancer Research UK's 'Race for Life' series.

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

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.

Natasha Hill leaves Cancer Research to join Bottle PR

Natasha Hill leaves Cancer Research to join Bottle PR

Natasha Hill, former brand and strategic marketing director at Cancer Research UK, has been appointed director of consumer and social comms at Bottle PR.

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

The cancer charity Marie Curie Cancer Care has appointed Jude Bridge as its new executive director in charge of comms and public affairs.

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB has appointed former Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office comms adviser, Lucy Maggs, as its new head of media.