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'Blaggers need a thicker skin... sector must mature': PR pros debate hotel that 'banned influencers'

'Blaggers need a thicker skin... sector must mature': PR pros debate hotel that 'banned influencers'

The high-profile story of a Dublin hotel banning "all bloggers" after a social media star asked for free accommodation points to the continued need for influencer marketing to mature, according to PR professionals.

FTI comms trio depart from London, Paris and South Africa offices

FTI comms trio depart from London, Paris and South Africa offices

Three MD-level staffers in FTI Consulting's strategic comms unit have left, including a former African Development Bank director from its London office, and the co-head of its Parisian operation.

Three splits with Cow PR and shortlists agencies for consumer brief

Three splits with Cow PR and shortlists agencies for consumer brief

Mobile network Three has decided to end its UK consumer relationship with independent agency Cow PR, and is in the process of seeking another agency.

In brief: ActionAid hires new comms lead, trio of US firms pick Liberty, diplomatic move for Lexington

ActionAid hires new comms lead, trio of US firms pick Liberty, global expansion at Milk & Honey, SA Tourism hires social agency and more from PRWeek UK.

Ex-G4S and Lehman Bros comms chiefs launch new London PR agency

Ex-G4S and Lehman Bros comms chiefs launch new London PR agency

Former senior G4S comms figures Nigel Fairbrass and Michael Baker are two co-founders of a new PR agency that aims to put "the human into corporate communications".

Making PR measurement work for you: tickets running out for PRWeek UK seminar

Making PR measurement work for you: tickets running out for PRWeek UK seminar

Tickets are selling fast for a must-attend PRWeek breakfast briefing on how to measure the value of PR, which takes place in London one week today (Thursday 25 January).

US firm Vested hires FTI's Elspeth Rothwell as UK CEO after London acquisition

US firm Vested hires FTI's Elspeth Rothwell as UK CEO after London acquisition

Vested, the US agency that this month announced the acquisition of London-based Templars Communications, has hired former FTI Consulting MD Elspeth Rothwell as UK CEO.

In brief: Crowdstrike swaps Lewis for Marlin, Hills Balfour expands Brand USA work, creative hire at JOE

Crowdstrike swaps Lewis for Marlin, Hills Balfour expands Brand USA work, creative hire at JOE and more from PRWeek UK.

Watch: The Academy creates its first TV ad for Pharmacy2U

Watch: The Academy creates its first TV ad for Pharmacy2U

The Academy has made its first TV advert, for its client Pharmacy2U, an online pharmacy business.

PRCA and PRWeek to take pulse of the sector in PR and Communications Census

PRCA and PRWeek to take pulse of the sector in PR and Communications Census

The PRCA and PRWeek have launched their fourth PR and Communications Census, which will give an overview of the UK PR and comms industry.

Yes, you can (campaign): agency bids to end 'chilling effect' on charity campaigning

Yes, you can (campaign): agency bids to end 'chilling effect' on charity campaigning

Charities are being urged not to allow the 2014 Lobbying Act to unnecessarily inhibit their campaigning activities, in a free guide published today by specialist agency Campaign Collective.

'Comms helped defeat Isis in Iraq', claims government counter-propaganda unit

'Comms helped defeat Isis in Iraq', claims government counter-propaganda unit

A successful propaganda offensive waged by comms professionals in the UK and other countries for more than two years helped bring about the defeat of Isis in Iraq, the former head of the Government's Counter Daesh Coalition Communications Cell has claimed, as the Commons Defence Committee announced a new inquiry into the response to Islamist terrorism.

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust appoints new head of comms

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust appoints new head of comms

Michael Carden is set to join Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in February after more than three years leading comms for the King's Health Partners academic health sciences centre.

UKGI seeks PR support amid concerns over increased media scrutiny in 2018

UKGI seeks PR support amid concerns over increased media scrutiny in 2018

Concerns over growing media scrutiny have played a part in a decision by UK Government Investments (UKGI), the body that manages the sale of publicly owned assets, to boost its spending on PR significantly.

Case Study: Christmas drink-driving offences in Derbyshire fall following innovative campaign

Case Study: Christmas drink-driving offences in Derbyshire fall following innovative campaign

A Christmas drink-driving campaign that saw children voice the transcript of a real-life conversation between emergency services helped reduce offences in Derbyshire over the festive period.

Councils on notice for potential legal action over frequency of newspaper publishing

Councils on notice for potential legal action over frequency of newspaper publishing

Sajid Javid, the Local Government Secretary, has threatened two London councils with legal action for repeatedly breaching the Government's Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity.

In brief: Limelight bought by Acceleris, lights out for Shine brand, new Burson FD

In brief: Limelight bought by Acceleris, lights out for Shine brand, new Burson FD

Limelight bought by Acceleris, lights out for Shine brand, New UK FD at Burson and more from PRWeek UK.

UK Anti-Doping completes new-look comms team with hire from LTA

UK Anti-Doping completes new-look comms team with hire from LTA

The agency responsible for combatting drug use in sports has fully revamped its comms team ahead of the launch of a new organisational strategy in April.

Angie Moxham leaves 3 Monkeys Zeno to start new venture

Angie Moxham leaves 3 Monkeys Zeno to start new venture

Angie Moxham, the founder of 3 Monkeys, has left the business and sold her stake two years after its acquisition by Zeno Group.

Roche UK merges comms and market access, eliminating director-level post

Roche UK merges comms and market access, eliminating director-level post

Roche UK comms director James Woodhouse has left the business after his role was made redundant in a business review resulting in the firm's market access and PR teams merging.

Analysis

Was Virgin Trains crazy to pick a fight with the Mail? Comms experts analyse this week's big story

Was Virgin Trains crazy to pick a fight with the Mail? Comms experts analyse this week's big story

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

#MoztheMonster makes smaller splash than previous John Lewis campaigns but PR pros say retailer's money 'well spent'

#MoztheMonster makes smaller splash than previous John Lewis campaigns but PR pros say retailer's money 'well spent'

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

Local authorities lead public sector organisations for early gender pay gap reporting

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

The Queen, Trump, Bono, 'Big Business'... whose reputation is at greatest risk from Paradise Papers?

The Queen, Trump, Bono, 'Big Business'... whose reputation is at greatest risk from Paradise Papers?

Bell Pottinger saga sparks calls for global code of ethics - but are these realistic?

Bell Pottinger saga sparks calls for global code of ethics - but are these realistic?

Big budgets, bags of joy and John Lewis to retain its crown? What PR pros expect from 2017's Christmas campaigns

Big budgets, bags of joy and John Lewis to retain its crown? What PR pros expect from 2017's Christmas campaigns

Scandals won't slow down a bullish influencer economy

Scandals won't slow down a bullish influencer economy

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Pepsi, McDonald's, Dove (twice): can the PR industry stop adland's disastrous campaigns?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Conference

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Conference

New faces for 2017: All change for Government comms directors to implement new comms plan

New faces for 2017: All change for Government comms directors to implement new comms plan

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

Just a blip or full-blown crisis? Agency executives on a challenging second quarter

People moves

In brief: Morocco World Cup bid hires Vero, win for Speed, Ketchum boss on PRCA board

In brief: Morocco World Cup bid hires Vero, win for Speed, Ketchum boss on PRCA board

Morocco World Cup bid hires Vero, another win for Speed, Ketchum boss on PRCA board and more from PRWeek UK.

Asda and John Lewis veteran Cool to lead comms at Which?

Asda and John Lewis veteran Cool to lead comms at Which?

Charlotte Cool will join the consumer advice and advocacy organisation Which? on 19 February in the newly created role of group comms director.

W appoints former Weber Shandwick strategy chief Adam Mack as first UK CEO

W appoints former Weber Shandwick strategy chief Adam Mack as first UK CEO

Fast-growing consumer PR agency W Communications has appointed Adam Mack, Weber Shandwick's former chief strategy officer for Europe, as its first UK CEO.

Ruder Finn names new Asia head as Dumont takes global role

Ruder Finn names new Asia head as Dumont takes global role

Jean-Michel Dumont, who has led the network in Asia since 2008, will relocate to Europe as head of international strategy.

Vote Leave veteran Oxley joins Deliveroo under ex-Osborne aide

Vote Leave veteran Oxley joins Deliveroo under ex-Osborne aide

Robert Oxley, who was one of the top PR people in the Vote Leave campaign, has taken a senior comms role at Deliveroo, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Maitland Political's Bowyer joins DRD, WPP acquisition, Quill hires Murphy

In brief: Maitland Political's Bowyer joins DRD, WPP acquisition, Quill hires Murphy

New role for former Maitland Political managing partner Pete Bowyer, WPP snaps up creative shop in Portugal, Quill PR appoints director, and more from PRWeek UK.

British Gas comms chief and public affairs duo leave Centrica

British Gas comms chief and public affairs duo leave Centrica

Three senior comms practitioners are leaving Centrica at the end of January in the latest round of changes to its corporate affairs functions, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Mischief wins Meantime, tech launch for Madano, Grosvenor gets Garstang

In brief: Mischief wins Meantime, tech launch for Madano, Grosvenor gets Garstang

Mischief wins Meantime, tech launch for Madano, Grosvenor gets Garstang and more from PRWeek UK.

Incoming Ketchum London boss unveils exco including new corp comms leader

Incoming Ketchum London boss unveils exco including new corp comms leader

Newly promoted Ketchum London CEO Jo-ann Robertson has named her executive committee, consisting of herself, six existing staff and new hire Jamie Robertson.

In brief: Senior hires at Headland, JRF comms lead promoted, wins for Grifco and Rule 5

In brief: Senior hires at Headland, JRF comms lead promoted, wins for Grifco and Rule 5

Senior hires at Headland, JRF comms head promoted, Grifco wins Monaco, attractions win for Rule 5 and more from PRWeek UK.

Unity co-founder Nik Govier leaving the business after 12 years, Pringle joins as MD

Unity co-founder Nik Govier leaving the business after 12 years, Pringle joins as MD

The co-founder of multiple-award-winning consumer PR shop Unity, Nik Govier, has told PRWeek she is leaving the consultancy after 12 years at the helm.

WPP names Karen Blackett as its first UK country manager

WPP names Karen Blackett as its first UK country manager

WPP has named Karen Blackett as its first UK country manager, making her the most important agency leader in the British marcoms industry.

Lewis hires M&C Saatchi PR's Jen Dobrzelecki to lead NY office

Lewis hires M&C Saatchi PR's Jen Dobrzelecki to lead NY office

Dobrzelecki was most recently EVP at M&C Saatchi PR.