NEWS IN BRIEF

AGENCY Freud Communications has acquired advertising agency DFGW for an undisclosed sum. The DFGW name has been dropped, and all staff have moved to Freuds’ Mortimer Street offices. Freuds said the move allowed the agency to more easily ‘respond to multi-discipline briefs’.

CONSUMER Borders has appointed Frank PR as its first retained consumer agency. Frank has been briefed to provide store support and raise brand awareness locally, as well as running national word of mouth campaigns.

CONSUMER BBC head of communications Sally Osman will quit by the autumn after eight years at the BBC. ‘I have been here for the full circle, from one director general to the next, from one charter review to the next, and it is now time to move on,’ she told PRWeek.

CORPORATE Kellogg’s UK has promoted communications director Chris Wermann to the newly created, board-level, role of communications director, UK and Northern Europe, overseeing comms for Germany and the Nordics.

AGENCY GCI London has negotiated an ‘affiliated partnership’ with specialist youth and music shop The Practice. The latter agency has moved its three staff into GCI’s office, and the two agencies will be sharing clients and expertise.

AGENCY Former Exposure managing partner Alex Maw has resurfaced as a consumer board director at Lexis PR. Maw has 15 years’ PR experience, including six at Exposure. She left in April 2005 and has since lived in Amsterdam.

AGENCY Ketchum is launching its US internal communications practice, Stromberg Consulting, into the UK. It will be led by Victoria Brown, who formerly worked for the business in New York.

EVENT There are tickets available for The Daily Telegraph debate ‘Fleet Street – change and renewal in the media over the last 50 years’ at St. Bride’s, Fleet Street, London on Thursday 24 May (6.30-8pm). Contact E telegraphevents@react-now.co.uk.

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