Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 8.8.2016

Cision hires a new CEO; Delta grounds flights around the world after a computer glitch.

Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 8.8.2016

Cision looks to Oracle for new CEO. Cision has hired Oracle Marketing Cloud GM Kevin Akeroyd as CEO. Current chief executive Peter Granat will transition to chairman of Cision’s board of directors. Since 2014, Cision has bought companies including PR Newswire, Gorkana, Viralheat, and Visible Technologies.

Delta grounds flights worldwide. The airline is blaming a computer outage for snarling its systems around the world to a halt. Delta told customers via tweet and press release early Monday to check the status of their flights before leaving for the airport and apologized to aggravated customers on social media. Just before 9 a.m. EST, Delta said a limited number of flights have resumed and told customers to expect delays and cancellations.

Embarrassing moment for the NFL. The league canceled its annual preseason Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night due to poor field conditions. The flaggable offense was logo paint at midfield and in the end zones that had congealed, making the surface too slippery for the players.

Ratings for opening ceremonies down big. The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro went off without a major hitch, but ratings were down more than a third from the London Games in 2012. At the top of the list of issues marketers are worried about in Rio is traffic, which is presenting problems for experiential campaigns. On Sunday, Michael Phelps won another gold medal for his role on the 400 meter freestyle relay, and Katie Ledecky shattered her own record in the 400 meter freestyle. Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones was invited to Rio by NBC after her enthusiastic tweets rooting on Team USA went viral.

Trump in Detroit. Donald Trump will try to turn around his slagging presidential campaign on Monday with an economic policy speech in Detroit. Hillary Clinton, who has expanded her lead over Trump since both parties’ conventions last month, is expected to visit the city later this week.

More on Roger Ailes' tenure at Fox. New York’s Gabriel Sherman reported Sunday that former Fox News chief Roger Ailes hired consultants to run "negative PR campaigns against Ailes’ personal and political enemies out of Fox News headquarters," and ordered private detectives to tail journalists. Ailes’ attorney has denied the accusations. 

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