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Buzzfeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

Press secretaries during President Bill Clinton's administration used more evasive language than any other White House chief communicator since 1993, according to a BuzzFeed analysis.

Red Lobster works with MWW following split from Darden Restaurants

Red Lobster works with MWW following split from Darden Restaurants

Red Lobster, which separated from former parent company Darden Restaurants at the end of July, has brought on MWW. It previously worked with Edelman when it was a part of Darden.

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Christie will serve as VP of international media. He will manage media relations for Alibaba outside of Greater China. Meanwhile, Kuperman will be responsible for leading international strategic comms initiatives for Alibaba.

Siegel+Gale study: Healthcare brands need to better connect with consumers

The branding firm surveyed 1,100 consumers in the US and UK, who rated healthcare areas such as primary-care physicians and specialists, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, hospitals, and pharmacies.

Nine things for PR pros to know Wednesday morning, 8.27.2014

Nine things for PR pros to know Wednesday morning, 8.27.2014

Massive Time Warner Cable outage; Burger King makes its case that Tim Hortons deal wasn't a tax-cutting move; Former NYT comms leader to move to Alibaba.

Legacy gives teens social tools to advocate against smoking

Legacy gives teens social tools to advocate against smoking

Legacy, the public health foundation that directs and funds the Truth campaign, is tapping into teens' online influence to stop their peers from smoking.

Bell Pottinger fails to see funny side of satirical site's claim it works for ISIS

Bell Pottinger fails to see funny side of satirical site's claim it works for ISIS

A Middle Eastern satirical website has removed a story about Bell Pottinger being hired by fundamentalist group Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) following a complaint from the agency.

Feds charge Lippert/Heilshorn IR pro Lucarelli with insider trading

Feds charge Lippert/Heilshorn IR pro Lucarelli with insider trading

IR firm Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates has fired its director of market intelligence Michael Lucarelli after he was arrested on 13 counts of securities fraud tied to alleged insider trading.

Burger King's response to angry customers: Canada relocation not tax-driven

Burger King's response to angry customers: Canada relocation not tax-driven

Burger King and Tim Hortons emphasized their commitment to communities in both Canada and the US on Tuesday, after claims that their combination's primary goal is to avoid American taxes.

Coca-Cola ups Busk to group digital director role

Coca-Cola ups Busk to group digital director role

Doug Busk has succeeded Ashley Brown, who left Coca-Cola in June to join technology startup Spredfast as VP of social strategy.

By the numbers: WPP's first-half and second-quarter earnings

By the numbers: WPP's first-half and second-quarter earnings

WPP released its interim trading report on Tuesday morning, revealing second-quarter and first-half financial results. Here's a breakdown of the numbers.

Seven things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 8.26.2014

Seven things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning, 8.26.2014

WPP optimistic about rest of 2014; Consumers angry about Burger King's tax-inversion move; Breaking Bad wins big at Emmys; Facebook takes on click bait.

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

The holding company behind Burson-Marsteller and Finsbury has put its underperformance in PR behind it with a substantial increase in operating profit for the first six months of the year.

Illinois gives FleishmanHillard $25.6m extension for Get Covered contract

Illinois gives FleishmanHillard $25.6m extension for Get Covered contract

Fleishman initially won the work to promote the state's health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, last year in a contract worth up to $35 million.

Brunswick aiding Burger King with PR for Tim Hortons deal

Brunswick aiding Burger King with PR for Tim Hortons deal

The deal would create a fast-food conglomerate with approximately $22 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires NetApp veteran Baumann as EVP

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires NetApp veteran Baumann as EVP

SAN FRANCISCO: Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired former NetApp comms veteran Jodi Baumann as EVP in the dual role of US tech practice head and San Francisco GM.

BSH retains Finn Partners to handle Bosch, Thermador brands in North America

BSH retains Finn Partners to handle Bosch, Thermador brands in North America

LOS ANGELES: BSH Home Appliances has renewed its contract with Finn Partners, retaining it as PR AOR for the US-based Bosch and Thermador brands and corporate relations for the company in North America, following a competitive review.

Eight things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 8.25.2014

Eight things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 8.25.2014

MTV airs PSA on Ferguson during VMAs, while Legacy Foundation urges celebrities to kick the habit. Tim Hortons deal could allow Burger King to avoid taxes by moving headquarters to Canada; Roche to buy California-based biotech company.

GM promotes Morrissey to oversee corporate media relations

GM promotes Morrissey to oversee corporate media relations

Reporting to Randy Arickx, executive director of financial comms and IR, Pat Morrissey will oversee GM's corporate media relations.

BlueFocus reports $198m in first-half PR revenue

BlueFocus reports $198m in first-half PR revenue

BlueFocus Communications Group reported a 67% year-over-year jump in PR operating revenue in the first six months of the year to $198 million, according to its interim report, released on Friday.

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Public affairs pros: Sunday morning talk-show format due for a makeover

Public affairs pros: Sunday morning talk-show format due for a makeover

Does David Gregory's exit from 'Meet the Press' signal the decline of Sunday morning talk shows? Public affairs pros say no. Yet that doesn't mean they can resist change.

How NFL brand partners are building buzz for this season's kickoff

How NFL brand partners are building buzz for this season's kickoff

Like the teams themselves, the NFL's brand partners are also putting their strategies in place for the 2014 season.

How Kleenex, Quaker Oats, and H&M are embracing CSR in back-to-school campaigns

How Kleenex, Quaker Oats, and H&M are embracing CSR in back-to-school campaigns

Consumer brands are tying CSR to their back-to-school campaigns, and reaching out to new audiences in the process.

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

As concern grows, airlines urged to resist over-communicating on safety

As concern grows, airlines urged to resist over-communicating on safety

Airlines may be tempted to trumpet their safety records or the general safety of air travel following a number of aviation disasters that have left hundreds of passengers dead.

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

With Malaysia Airlines contemplating a change of name following two passenger aircraft tragedies close together, PRWeek asks whether a rebrand is the right course.

Cause marketing realignment forces evolution of strategies

Cause marketing realignment forces evolution of strategies

Companies have moved beyond the support of banner causes, such as breast cancer or heart health, to align with issues that address business challenges.

Planning the evolution of press releases

Planning the evolution of press releases

Don't expect press releases to cease to exist anytime soon. But look for them to evolve rather than die out.

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