News in brief

APPOINTMENT: Richard Emmott, former corporate affairs director at FTSE-100 insurer Royal & Sun Alliance, has joined Media Strategy in the part-time post of affiliate partner in its corporate practice.

CONSUMER PR: Start-up agency Amazing is promoting next month’s NME Awards and its associated spin-off gigs. Amazing is run by Jacquie Chalmers, who formerly worked at The Outside Organisation, which was responsible for promoting last year’s awards.

CONSUMER PR: ING Direct has hired Band & Brown Communications to handle brand PR, field marketing and press office work. The agency takes over from incumbents Jackie Cooper PR and Bottle PR following a successful pitch (PRWeek, 12 November 2004).

CONSUMER PR: Black & Decker has retained three-year incumbent Camron PR to handle its UK consumer PR following a review (PRWeek, 29 October 2004). Six other agencies pitched for the account but Camron PR account director Alison Clark said her agency did not formally repitch for the business, but merely submitted its annual proposal.

APPOINTMENT: Independent TV production firm Talkback Thames has poached Channel 4 group publicity manager Sarah Booth to fill the newly created position of head of comms. She starts next month.

ENERGY: BNFL group corporate affairs director Philip Dewhurst has been appointed chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, the trade body for the UK civil nuclear industry. Dewhurst took up the non-executive role last month.

INTERNET: Ebookers head of communications Oliver Strong has left following Cendant’s acquisition of the online travel retailer. Corporate comms manager Latasha Malik has taken over as ebookers head of communications.

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