News in brief

PRWeek takes a brief look at some of this week's PR stories.

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CONSUMER is to stage a pitch for its consumer account out of eight-year incumbent The Red Consultancy. It will be overseen by Alison Couper, who was recently promoted to director of comms (PRWeek, 13 October).

Equitas, the rescue vehicle set up a decade ago to save the Lloyd's insurance market from collapse, used Maitland for its acquis­ition last week by billionaire Warren Buffet's investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Maitland also handled media for Berkshire Hathaway.

Teletext is reviewing its consumer account. Two-year incumbent Braben is on a shortlist of agencies that will be invited to pitch.

CONSUMER has taken on Ian Monk Associates for a trade and consumer brief. The site is planning to launch the world's biggest online poker prize and a Student Poker Championship next year.

Slice PR has appointed Phipps account director Rhona Hurcombe as its first head of food PR. She reports to MD Jason Gallucci.

Irish mobile tech firm Zamano is using Edelman to advise on its AIM flotation this month. The account is led by executive director Paul Lockstone.

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