CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR NEWS ROUNDUP: A summary of news that broke over the festive period

BBC awards licence arm to FH.

Fishburn Hedges has been appointed to handle PR for the BBC's TV

licensing arm.

The agency won the account as part of a marketing communications

consortium of Omnicom-owned firms, including AMV BBDO for


Fishburn Hedges replaces Ogilvy PR Worldwide, which handled the business

as part of a consortium called En-vision.

The licensing arm collects fees and operates TV detector vehicles,

managed by Capita since a separate appointment last year.

Moss Bros swaps PR agencies

Troubled formalwear firm Moss Bros Group has switched City PR agencies,

hiring Tulchan Communications in place of Brunswick.

Moss Bros deputy chairman Rowland Gee said: 'We believe Tulchan can help

get across the message that we have repositioned our business and are

refocused for the year ahead.'

Tulchan picked up the brief mid-December with a remit to provide

corporate and financial PR for the group, which has been subject to a

possible hostile takeover bid from Joe Bloggs entrepreneur Shami


PR exec to head P&O int comms

P&O Stena has created its first dedicated internal communications

function. The ferry operator has announced the promotion of PR executive

Vivienne Macey to become its first internal communications manager.

She will oversee development of P&O's newly-created internal newsletter

and corporate content on its intranet site.

Before joining P&O in 1999, she worked in the internal communications

team at Lloyds TSB. Macey reports to communications director Chris


The company axed its UK PR department last year in a bid to restore

profitability, resulting in the loss of two PR positions.

Britannic hires Consol director

Former Consolidated Communications PA director Jim Boyd has joined

Britannic Retirement Solutions as head of corporate affairs. Boyd's

remit is to set up a corporate affairs team from scratch and oversee all

PR, political and industry relations.

The vice-chairman of the PRCA's public affairs committee joined

Consolidated three years ago to launch its public affairs unit. Prior to

that, the former lawyer worked at Politics International and the then

Ludgate Communications.

In his new role, Boyd will report to corporate development director Bob

Buillivant and will oversee PR, public affairs, industry relations and

corporate development.

DHL appoints Hanson to PR role

Delivery firm DHL International has named Kate Hanson as UK media

relations manager. Her appointment follows a revamp of the firm's

in-house communications, which saw the transfer of PR from the marketing

division to corporate affairs under manager Sharon Dance.

Hanson joins from Bite Communications and has previously worked at

management consultancy PA Consulting Group. She replaces Justina Hurley

who left the company last year to work in the charity sector.

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