News in brief

MEET MAX Further to our front-page story last week, readers wanting to challenge Max Clifford on the subject of whether lying in PR can be justified should email prweek@haynet.com (with the subject line ‘Meet Max') as soon as possible.

CONSUMER
Electronics firm Pioneer is using Taylor Herring Brand Communications to promote its sponsorship of the Bafta TV Awards. Freud Communications continues to handle PR for the 7 May ceremony.

TRAVEL
India's biggest domestic airline Jet Airways has taken on Cohn & Wolfe to position it in the UK as a luxury international carrier. The service from Heathrow is keen to increase business and consumer sales.

AGENCY
Pleon has promoted its CEO for Germany Timo Sieg to CEO across Europe. The move sees outgoing CEO Rainer Zimmerman and president Alex Schoep both take on roles as senior partners.

CONSUMER
Safepay has hired Mantra for the UK launch of CasinoRoom.
com. Consolidated Communications continues to promote CasinoRoom's sister site PokerRoom.com.

CITY
Standard Life has hired The Maitland Consultancy for its expected demutualisation this summer, after a competitive pitch (PRWeek, 13 Jan).

TECH
Document management company Njini has dropped Hill & Knowlton after 16 months and hired Brands2Life to run its UK and US tech media account.

BIRD FLU
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs director of comms Yasmin Diamond and Environment Agency director of corporate affairs Helen McCallum are to speak at a seminar on protecting reputation and business should bird flu hit Britain. Hosted by Bell Pottinger, it takes place on 16 March at London's Charlotte Street Hotel.

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