NEWS IN BRIEF

AGENCY WPP’s third quarter results showed an 11 per cent jump in revenues from public relations and public affairs to £157.3m. Group revenues as a whole grew 4.9 per cent – lower than expected.

CORPORATE Walt Disney has promoted PR director for UK and emerging markets Joss Hastings to executive director, PR, for Disney Channels EMEA.

AGENCY Splendid has poached Radiator’s creative director Gary Bradshaw to spearhead the agency’s drive into the sport and gaming sector. Bradshaw will head up a newly created sports and gaming division.

VOLUNTARY Barnardo’s marketing and communications director Andrew Nebel is to leave the charity in 2009. The role will be split between his two deputies, Diana Green and Steve O’Connor.

CORPORATE Lawton has been handed a marcoms brief by retail developer Hammerson to promote shopping centres in Reading and Southampton.

CONSUMER Clothing brand Timberland has brought in Resonate for a consumer and trade PR project brief. The brand wants to emphasise its CSR commitment.

TRADE The trade association representing word of mouth marketing, WOM-UK, has announced its first officers and councils this week. PR agencies including Weber Shandwick, Golin Harris and Frank have representatives involved in the newly launched organisation.

CONSUMER Dublin’s Dylan Hotel has hired The Brighter Group to promote it to trade and consumer audiences in the UK. Brighter account director Joanne Wilkinson heads up the account.

DIGITAL Loewy-owned digital specialist Custard PR has won a six-figure retainer from new social networking site realbuzz.com. Custard will position realbuzz.com as a complement to Facebook and Bebo rather than a competitor.

CORRECTION Investment Adviser is not published by Highline Media, as stated last week. It is published by Financial Times Business.

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