Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 2.20.2015

Bill O'Reilly faces a Brian Williams problem of his own; YouTube to roll out kids website; Comcast plans touching Oscars ad; A 70s revival of Mad Men.

1. After criticizing suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is facing claims that he fabricated his own war-reporting record, specifically his recollection of events in the conflict between the UK and Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982. The O’Reilly Factor host called the report in Mother Jones questioning his stories "garbage."


2. YouTube will roll out an app and site specifically for kids later this month, hoping to create a more age-appropriate version of the video-clip portal for children. It may also feature original episodes of shows such as Sesame Street and Thomas the Tank Engine.

3. Comcast will run a national ad during Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast touting its technology for the blind. Brian Roberts, CEO of the cable giant, has been personally involved in creating the spot, according to The Wall Street Journal. Comcast put plans to merge with Time Warner Cable into motion last year.

4. Creditors for bankrupt San Bernardino, California, are upset the city is planning to hire a PR firm with a budget of up to $200,000. The municipality is in the midst of a three-year financial restructuring process.

5. Experian Consumer Services has named Kristen Simmons CMO. She wants to make checking a credit score an empowering moment, not something that consumers dread, according to Journal.

6. What can be gleaned from the trailer for the final batch of episodes of Mad Men? Not much, except that the shows appear to take place in the mid-1970s.

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