The Week

- Jonathan oates, former Liberal Democrats comms chief, analyses the political crisis in South Africa. Oates, who joins Bell Pottinger on 13 October, is currently on the ground in the country. Read his analysis at

- Jo Dipple, the Prime Minister's strategic comms adviser, will start at the British Music Rights Organisation next month. She has a policy-based role reporting to Feargal Sharkey, former frontman of The Undertones.

- Loewy Group has confirmed it will move all of its PR agencies into one office, most likely a location in Soho. The agencies will maintain their separate brands of BMA, Mantra PR, and Rainier PR.

- Gary Wheeldon, Launch Group's director of entertainment, has left to take time out. He has been replaced by Rona Hunnisett, the former comms chief for England Netball.

- Clarification: Last week's Flack stated that The SPA Way had been hired to raise 3,000 pairs of pants for Crisis. In fact, it is the agency's own campaign. Separately, SPA Way has won a media relations brief with Urban Fresh Fruit.

- Interbrand is using Porter Novelli to promote this year's Best Global Brands report.

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