Flack: UK PR profession downs tools

The UK PR profession collectively downed tools on Tuesday as news broke of Prince William's engagement to someone called Catherine Middleton.

The news agenda was declared officially closed thanks to the announcement, and Flack is reliably informed most of Soho was out for a pint by lunchtime (really?! Ed). All except Hills Balfour, which handles PR for the Kenya Tourist Board, where the couple got engaged. 'It's a PRO's dream,' said MD Jonathan Sloan ...

During last week's tuition fees demonstration two PR agencies found themselves dangerously close to the action. From their vantage point on the 22nd floor of Millbank Tower, staff at Lewis PR had a bird's eye view of the rioting below. 'At least they didn't reach our drinks cabinet,' said the ever-pragmatic Paul Charles, chief operating officer at Lewis. Meanwhile, on the third floor, the team at Connect Communications found themselves just yards from the angry mob. 'It was a bit hairy,' confided Connect director Matt Bryant. But, having escaped in one piece, Bryant then proceeded to do what any self-respecting PRO would do - go straight on TV and radio to talk about his day of hell ... Flack's email of the week came from an unknown company called Astech Projects, requesting details of the 'cost and availability' of 'running our press releases into your titles'. At least Astech Projects is upfront. In other news, its latest product is ...

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