The Week

CIPR director general Colin Farrington has left the organisation after 11 years. The CIPR declined to comment on the reasons behind his departure.

The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published a report that calls on the Office of Fair Trading to investigate the trend of councils producing their own newspapers.

BASF, the chemical giant, has handed its PR business in central and Eastern Europe to FD's international network, led by Hungarian affiliate Avantgarde.

Plimsoll, the industry analyst, has found that 315 of the top 1,000 PR companies in the market are growing at more than ten per cent per year.

The Tour of Britain has chosen Lexis Sport & Entertainment to provide commercial consultancy for the 2010 race in September.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has called in John Doe to handle the consumer PR for the launch of its hotel W London.

The Bermuda Department of Tourism has handed a sales and marketing brief to Rooster PR.

Geraldine Davies has joined Ellwood and Atfield from The Willis Partnership to lead its senior corporate communications practice.

KTB PR has been signed up by sports nutrition brand Maximuscle to handle its consumer and European PR.

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