News in brief

CORPORATE Reed Business Information has appointed Midnight Communications for corporate PR and to handle consumer PR campaigns for major titles such as Computer Weekly and Travel Weekly.

CONSUMER Mobile operator Orange has ceased to work with Ketchum for UK consumer PR, it emerged this week. Meanwhile former Orange corporate comms director Martin Cardoe has resurfaced as global marketing director at FTSE 100 venture capital firm 3i.

TECH Macromedia, the maker of website-building and editing programmes Dreamweaver and Flash, has dropped CIT PR after three years, and hired Band & Brown Communications. CIT PR (now part of BI), Bite Communications, Banner PR, Harvard PR and Carrot Communications also pitched for the £75,000 account.

CONSUMER Denmark-based fashion label Punk Royal is using Cake to handle PR, marketing and run a London showroom. Separately, media director Clare Craven has left Cake after eight years without a job to go to.

CORPORATE Burson-Marsteller has promoted technology director Jonathan Jordan to head of corporate and technology. He takes over the management of B-M’s crisis and issues management and corporate media team, which had been covered by UK CEO Per Heggenes for the past six months.

CONSUMER, a dance music download service, has appointed Cow to handle its PR. The agency aims to build consumer awareness of the DJ Magazine-backed brand.

INTERNAL COMMS Hill & Knowlton has appointed David Ferrabee as managing director of its change and internal communications practice. He joins from internal comms consultancy Synopsis Communications.

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