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Breakfast Briefing, 9.26.2017: The 4 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning

Uber's apology, Obamacare repeal, NASCAR changes its statement, NFL protests continue.

Next 15 reports improved trading, buys financial research firm Charterhouse

Next 15 reports improved trading, buys financial research firm Charterhouse

Next 15 has reported an improved performance in the second and third quarters of 2017 after a slow Q1, and announced the acquisition of financial market research consultancy Charterhouse Research for £2.75m ($3.7m).

Veterans' organizations speak out on #TakeAKnee

Veterans' organizations speak out on #TakeAKnee

VoteVets and The American Legion took opposing stances on the NFL players' protests on Sunday.

Mars renews its commitment to Earth

Mars renews its commitment to Earth

Candy, food, drink, and pet care giant's communications leader explains why the privately owned company overcame its natural reserve to influence the global debate on sustainability and climate change.

HP's diversity initiative one year on: Agencies exceed gender targets, fall short on minority representation

HP's diversity initiative one year on: Agencies exceed gender targets, fall short on minority representation

HP's Karen Kahn blames it on unconscious bias and an inability to build a talent pipeline.

Breakfast Briefing, 9.25.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning

NFL protests, Trump's new travel ban, HP's agency diversity initiative, Beth Balsam's new agency.

H+K, Citizen veteran Beth Balsam launches X2PR

H+K, Citizen veteran Beth Balsam launches X2PR

Balsam's shop will be focused on consumer PR.

M&C Saatchi PR and Sport & Entertainment had 'really good' H1

M&C Saatchi PR and Sport & Entertainment had 'really good' H1

M&C Saatchi PR and sister agency Sport & Entertainment had a "really good" first half of 2017, with the former growing profit by around 20 per cent and the latter seeing double-digit revenue growth.

Morgan Stanley hires Vested to support tech initiatives

Morgan Stanley hires Vested to support tech initiatives

In the past year, the financial services giant has partnered with technology companies and launched digital products.

Uber reactions: 'arrogant firm got its comeuppance', TfL's language is 'tough', or just posturing from the Mayor?

Uber reactions: 'arrogant firm got its comeuppance', TfL's language is 'tough', or just posturing from the Mayor?

Industry reactions to the news that Transport for London (TfL) will not renew Uber's private hire licence after 30 September have been flooding in - here, PRWeek highlights the best.

Your call: Was Sean Spicer's Emmys appearance a good idea?

Your call: Was Sean Spicer's Emmys appearance a good idea?

Spicer's Emmys bit got people talking, but probably not in the way he, or the Emmys, wanted.

Uber loses licence in London

Uber loses licence in London

Transport for London has refused to renew Uber's private hire license to operate in London because it is "not fit and proper" and has demonstrated a "lack of corporate responsibility."

Marketers react: Uber may deserve to lose license but it sends the wrong message about London

Marketers react: Uber may deserve to lose license but it sends the wrong message about London

Uber's past behavior hasn't helped its case with Transport for London but does revoking its license send the wrong message about the capital?

Breakfast Briefing, 9.22.2017: London transit authority deletes Uber

Breakfast Briefing, 9.22.2017: London transit authority deletes Uber

But the ride-hailing company has three weeks to appeal the decision.

Oscar Health steps in on ACA advertising as government slashes funding

Oscar Health steps in on ACA advertising as government slashes funding

The health insurance startup launched a campaign this week that urges people to get covered.

Rooster PR accuses Hotwire of plagiarism and sends 'cease and desist' letter over new brand

Rooster PR accuses Hotwire of plagiarism and sends 'cease and desist' letter over new brand

London agency Rooster PR has accused Hotwire of plagiarising its brand, and demanded that it takes down its relaunched website - but the global tech agency has called the demand "absurd".

Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie will soon join agency's 'long line of spin-offs'

Former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie will soon join agency's 'long line of spin-offs'

Brendon Craigie, the former CEO of Hotwire, has said that he will shortly be launching a new venture, saying that the number of start-ups created by his former colleagues is a sign of his old agency's "entrepreneurial culture".

Edelman gets ex-Number 10 adviser and Sun journalist Craig Woodhouse as director

Edelman gets ex-Number 10 adviser and Sun journalist Craig Woodhouse as director

Craig Woodhouse, formerly a senior political journalist and latterly a press aide to the Prime Minister, will join Edelman UK next month.

Francis Ingham: Bell Pottinger expulsion not enjoyable; 'toughest' decision ever for PRCA

Francis Ingham: Bell Pottinger expulsion not enjoyable; 'toughest' decision ever for PRCA

PRCA director general Francis Ingham will tell delegates at the association's national conference this morning (22 September) that expelling Bell Pottinger was the "toughest decision the PRCA has ever made".

Brother brings on WE Communications for printer PR

Brother brings on WE Communications for printer PR

Incumbent MSLGroup worked with Brother for eight years.

'We haven't seen much change;' Why Panera challenged McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's on kids menus

'We haven't seen much change;' Why Panera challenged McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's on kids menus

Panera CEO Ron Shaich wants to ignite a dialogue about healthier menu options for kids at fast-food chains.

Ogilvy names Eduardo Vieira as Latin America PR, influence lead

Ogilvy names Eduardo Vieira as Latin America PR, influence lead

Renata Saraiva, MD of Ogilvy PR Brazil, is exiting the firm.

Shutterstock's Flashstock business launches as Shutterstock Custom

Shutterstock's Flashstock business launches as Shutterstock Custom

Shutterstock Custom is a custom content creation platform.

Breakfast Briefing, 9.21.2017: Say goodbye to brand advocates in Whole Foods

Plus: The news gets worse on the Equifax data breach, and Facebook promises to do better on ad targeting.

Ex-Golin and Havas social lead Neil Kleiner joins Newgate and Publicasity

Ex-Golin and Havas social lead Neil Kleiner joins Newgate and Publicasity

Neil Kleiner, former head of social and content at Golin, has been appointed as partner and strategic director across Porta-owned agencies Newgate Communications and Publicasity.

Bell Pottinger partner confused after being named by DA as subject of CIPR complaint

Bell Pottinger partner confused after being named by DA as subject of CIPR complaint

A former partner at Bell Pottinger has said he has never received any complaint from the CIPR, despite being named by the Democratic Alliance as having been part of the agency's work for Oakbay.

Timeline of a crisis: How Equifax responded to one of the worst hacks in history

Timeline of a crisis: How Equifax responded to one of the worst hacks in history

A play-by-play of Equifax's response to a massive hack that endangered the personal information of 143 million U.S. residents.

Former Racepoint Global CFO charged with embezzling $3.6m from firm

Former Racepoint Global CFO charged with embezzling $3.6m from firm

Edward Abell is accused of laundering more than $3.6 million from the Boston-based agency over a 10-year span.

Snapchat signs 14 creative partners to help advertisers

Snapchat signs 14 creative partners to help advertisers

Snapchat has signed 14 creative partners to help advertisers drive ROI once users swipe up.

Online patient communities consider the platform: Facebook, or somewhere more private?

Online patient communities consider the platform: Facebook, or somewhere more private?

What are the pros and cons of hosting a patient community on a social platform versus a standalone website? There's a trade-off between an external social platform's simplicity and accessibility, and the complexity and flexibility of a website dedicated specifically to the patient community

JetBlue comms head Nancy Elder departs

JetBlue comms head Nancy Elder departs

Doug McGraw, JetBlue's corporate comms director, is serving as acting VP of communications.

CIPR 'condemns without reservation' Bell Pottinger's South Africa work as it confirms withdrawal of DA complaint

CIPR 'condemns without reservation' Bell Pottinger's South Africa work as it confirms withdrawal of DA complaint

The CIPR has said it "condemns without reservation" the tactics used by Bell Pottinger in South Africa, after a complaint made against one of its members by the South African political party Democratic Alliance (DA) was withdrawn yesterday.

Citizen Relations acquires experiential, influencer shop The Narrative Group

Citizen Relations acquires experiential, influencer shop The Narrative Group

Citizen Relations is hoping to expand its capabilities in both areas through the acquisition.

Theresa May to challenge Google, Facebook in front of UN

Theresa May to challenge Google, Facebook in front of UN

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to tell the world's technology giants that they must do more to remove extremist content at the United Nations general assembly on Wednesday.

Breakfast Briefing, 9.20.2017: Big cable networks pass on Spicer

Plus: Uber reviews its business in Asia, and the reason some experts think Toys 'R' Us is far from extinction.

Hotwire's new CEO calls for aggression and risk-taking culture as agency unveils new global strategy

Hotwire's new CEO calls for aggression and risk-taking culture as agency unveils new global strategy

Hotwire's new CEO Barbara Bates has called for the agency to take more risks and "be a bit more aggressive" as it looks to shed its "humble" persona.

GAO to Army: Re-evaluate McCann pitch

GAO to Army: Re-evaluate McCann pitch

The Government Accountability Office has concluded McCann was "unreasonably excluded" from consideration in the Army's review of its $4 billion marketing and advertising account. Weber Shandwick has worked alongside McCann on the business.

Honda on the 11-year-old mowing the White House lawn: 'We had nothing to do with this'

Honda on the 11-year-old mowing the White House lawn: 'We had nothing to do with this'

Honda spokesperson Kathy Graham said she was "surprised" when she saw a Honda mower being pushed by a young boy in a White House video.

Hudson Cutler merges with Shawn Amos' firm, Put Together Media

Hudson Cutler merges with Shawn Amos' firm, Put Together Media

Hudson Cutler principal Robert Dowling and Amos worked together at FleishmanHillard - Dowling as president of its U.S. East region and Amos as chief content innovation officer for the Americas at FH ContentWorks.

Breakfast Briefing, 9.19.2017: Uber sues ad agency for fraud

Plus: More on Equifax's data breach, Toys 'R' Us filing for Chapter 11, and a non-partisan campaign to educate the public about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Analysis

Lessons from Katrina: How FEMA learned to focus its disaster messages

Lessons from Katrina: How FEMA learned to focus its disaster messages

The government disaster-assistance agency had a busy summer responding to hurricanes in the Southeast and Texas and wildfires in the West. Here's how it's changed communications strategy in the past dozen years.

Marketing the iPhone X? Piece of cake. Apple's bigger challenge is the iPhone 8

Marketing the iPhone X? Piece of cake. Apple's bigger challenge is the iPhone 8

Apple's most advanced smartphone will sell itself, but touting the iPhone 8 presents a number of hurdles, say experts.

It could happen here. What the PR Council will do with the next Bell Pottinger

It could happen here. What the PR Council will do with the next Bell Pottinger

The PR Council and other industry leaders draw a line in the sand: What they're prepared to do if a U.S.-based firm brings the industry "into disrepute."

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Was the lackluster Q2 just a blip on the radar or a sign of soft periods to come for the PR business?

Comms pros navigate the complex world of blockchain

Comms pros navigate the complex world of blockchain

While bitcoin's profile has skyrocketed alongside its exponential price, a group of devotees have gone about promoting the underpinning technology - the blockchain.

'You must leave any association'; Experts urge brands to break with Trump

'You must leave any association'; Experts urge brands to break with Trump

No longer scared of the president's attacks on Twitter, companies are publicly breaking with Donald Trump over his remarks after last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Corporate communications experts are cheering them on.

No, Trump TV isn't the beginning of North Korea-style state media

No, Trump TV isn't the beginning of North Korea-style state media

But it is a new take on the tried-and-true tactic of going around the media, this time with a Trumpian twist.

Why the coming fight over tax policy will have an '80s beat

Why the coming fight over tax policy will have an '80s beat

Cut taxes? Or solidify social programs? Advocacy organizations are pulling out all the stops for the upcoming tax-reform debate.

Off the rails: Anthony Scaramucci's bizarre first week as White House communications director

Off the rails: Anthony Scaramucci's bizarre first week as White House communications director

Start with a brash New Yorker with no formal communications experience. Give him a plum Executive Branch job with a flawed reporting structure. The result: Anthony Scaramucci's bizarre first week at the White House.

Overwhelmed, but grateful: What really happens when a brand turns a random person into a social media celebrity

Overwhelmed, but grateful: What really happens when a brand turns a random person into a social media celebrity

Tinder did it to Josh Avsec and Michelle Arendas. Wendy's did it to Carter Wilkerson. The three discuss their newfound fame, and how glamorous it has really been (or not).

One year later: How Pokémon Go leveled up AR for marketing

One year later: How Pokémon Go leveled up AR for marketing

The Pikachu-catching phenomenon popularized AR and made the technology much more accessible.

Marcel and more: Agencies test the power of AI

Marcel and more: Agencies test the power of AI

Experts see incredible potential for AI as a collaboration tool at agencies. But don't expect every firm to build its own version of Publicis' Marcel.

Safety first: Lessons from the cyberattack on WPP

Safety first: Lessons from the cyberattack on WPP

The cyberattack on WPP raises questions about agencies' role in data protection.

How one boutique PR shop won Cannes glory for a powerful PSA

How one boutique PR shop won Cannes glory for a powerful PSA

Meet Dini von Mueffling Communications, the Flatiron PR firm with a handful of staffers that turned heads at Cannes for its work on Evan with BBDO.

How grocery chains can fight Amazon: By not trying to be Amazon

How grocery chains can fight Amazon: By not trying to be Amazon

At the top of the messaging to-do list for midsize and local grocery chains: reconnecting with customers and emphasizing local roots.