The week

WPP, the world's largest marcoms group, has reported an 8.1 per cent rise in PR revenues over the first quarter of 2012.

Arriva, the public transport company, is on the hunt for PR support to help promote two of its UK rail services.

Ogilvy PR has hired Phil Reay-Smith, consumer editor of ITV's Daybreak, as head of media.

Lord Black, the Conservative peer and executive director of the Telegraph Media Group, has joined the advisory board of Albany Associates.

Lil-Lets, the female sanitary products brand, has called in Shine Communications to aid delivery of its UK PR.

Channel 4 has hired WWF's head of press and media relations Benjamin Ward as chief publicity manager for a fixed-term.

Creston, the PR and marketing group that owns Nelson Bostock, expects to report full-year revenues of £75m, an increase of 11 per cent compared with the previous year.

Seventy Seven has been handed the UK press office brief for production and distribution firm Classic Media, to work across family favourites Postman Pat and Where's Wally?

The CIPR is to award its president's medal to Sebastian Coe for his outstanding contribution to PR in recognition of his role in the Olympic bid.

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