Jonathan Owen

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  • Four Communications disbands standalone public affairs team

    Four Communications has scrapped its standalone public affairs team, making four people redundant and losing five clients, although the agency says it is still investing in the discipline.

  • CIPR calls for crackdown on rogue APPGs

    The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is supporting calls by Lord McFall, speaker of the House of Lords, and his House of Commons counterpart, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, for reform of the regulations governing All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).

  • Prince Harry: Palace comms team tried to change Suits scripts

    Spare, Prince Harry’s personal account of life as a young royal has been propelled to bestseller status by revelations such as being knocked to the ground by his brother, his tally of Taliban kills, and illegal drug use. But these are just the tip of a tell-all iceberg.

  • Prince Harry alleges culture of deceit in royal PR

    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has accused royal comms staff of repeatedly lying, in his autobiography that makes grim reading for palace officials past and present.

  • Prince Harry reveals fear and loathing at the heart of palace PR

    Prince Harry’s tell-all book on the royal family has dominated the news agenda in recent weeks, fuelled by stories of being attacked by his brother, his drug use at Eton, and problems with a frostbitten penis.

  • Ex-Truss advisor returns to Portland in new role

    Sarah Ludlow, who spent a brief spell as head of strategic communications at Downing Street during Liz Truss’ ill-fated premiership, has returned to Portland, the agency has announced.

  • Global pharma trade body poaches ABPI corporate affairs chief

    Elliot Dunster, executive director of corporate affairs and devolved nations at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), has been appointed executive director of comms at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA).

  • Ex-Downing Street spad among new hires at Lexington

    Simon Burton OBE, a former senior special adviser at No. 10, is one of a trio of senior recruits at Lexington, the agency announced today.

  • Senior PA figures join public affairs diversity scheme

    Several public affairs experts have been appointed to the board of social enterprise I Have a Voice (IHAV), which aims to increase diversity in public affairs and encourage young people to engage with politics.

  • ‘Belts will tighten but innovation will flow’ – tech PR in 2023

    Technological advances are being accompanied by debates over ethics, with the tech sector having to deal with concerns over issues about AI and social media as well as cuts due to the economic climate. Tech PR experts have told PRWeek their predictions for the coming year.

  • Aviation services giant Swissport hires agency for PR, public affairs and crisis

    Global aviation services company Swissport has appointed BCW as its first multi-disciplinary, global partner for its PR, public affairs and crisis communications.

  • Hume Brophy founders sell agency

    US stakeholder services firm Penta has announced the acquisition of Hume Brophy, marking the completion of a majority sale negotiated over several months.

  • Ex-BCW director returns to lead agency’s health team

    Health specialist Emma Reynolds has returned to BCW UK as managing director of its healthcare division less than 18 months after leaving the agency.

  • Cabinet Office praises GCS pandemic performance, despite critics

    The Cabinet Office has praised the performance of the Government Communication Service during the pandemic, despite concerns raised around the government's COVID-19 comms.

  • GCS generates record income for Cabinet Office

    The Government Communication Service brought in a record £18,225,000 for the Cabinet Office in 2021-22, up from £17,634,000 the previous year.

  • Kemi Badenoch poaches HS2 media chief as first comms spad

    International trade secretary Kemi Badenoch has appointed Dylan Sharpe, ex-head of media at HS2 and a former head of broadcast at Downing Street, as her special adviser on communications.

  • Public sector comms: what to expect in 2023

    Value for money is a familiar mantra in the public sector, and increasingly so in the current climate. Public sector comms experts have told PRWeek what to expect in the year ahead.

  • Health comms: what to expect in 2023

    The shadow of COVID-19 continues to loom large, with an independent inquiry underway that may take years to complete. But the ongoing impact of the pandemic is just one challenge facing a sector that is increasingly in the spotlight. PRWeek has canvassed opinion from health comms experts on what to expect in the year ahead.

  • Public affairs: what to expect in 2023

    To say 2022 has been a volatile year for public affairs would be an understatement. PRWeek has canvassed opinion from experts across the sector on what to expect in the year ahead.

  • MHP Group wins The Royal Mint account

    MHP Group has been appointed as The Royal Mint’s retained communications agency after a competitive pitch against more than 30 agencies, it has announced.