News in brief

PRWEEK AWARDS: The deadline for entries to the PRWeek Awards 2004 is just two weeks away. Entries coming in after 4 June will be subject to an extra fee of £50 plus VAT. There is 24-hour security for delivery of entries.

PRWEEK FORUM: James Brown, the founder of Loaded, has been confirmed as an after-dinner speaker at the PRWeek Forum next month.

He joins Evening Standard financial editor and PRWeek columnist Anthony Hilton on the ticket. Call Helen Kensett on 020 8267 4186.

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE: The Ministry of Defence has said it is to streamline its press office to reflect increasing integration of the Army, Air Force and Navy. The Army’s Brigadier Matthew Sykes and the Air Force’s Air Commodore Paul Thomas have left their posts as directors of corporate comms, while the Navy’s Commodore Alan Adair will follow before July.

AGENCY DEPARTURE: Joy Le Fevre, founder of Le Fevre Communications, who joined marketing agency Banc Group when it acquired her firm last year, has quit to ‘pursue other interests’, according to a Banc statement.

CSR: Mobile services firm O2 is on the hunt for a UK corporate responsibility manager and executive. CR manager Leonie Smith has quit after eight months to set up her own CSR agency.

PRCA: The PRCA has appointed Claire Turner, account manager at consumer PR agency EHPR, as its FrontLine chairman. She will replace Storm Communications account director Piers Shervington, who is moving to Australia.

CONSUMER PR: Chilean winery Vina Ventisquero has appointed Weber Shandwick to launch two brands. Ventisquero and Yali will be promoted by PR work including events.

CONGRATULATIONS: PRWeek editor-in-chief Kate Nicholas has given birth to a baby girl. Emily Elizabeth was born on Tuesday, weighing 7lb 10oz. Both mother and baby are doing well.

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