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'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word: the PR apologies (and non-apologies) of 2017

'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word: the PR apologies (and non-apologies) of 2017

PR gaffes, blunders and mistakes are nothing new, and neither are the resultant apologies - or lack of them. PRWeek looks back upon a 'sorry' 2017...

Seven of PRWeek's favourite public sector campaigns of 2017

Seven of PRWeek's favourite public sector campaigns of 2017

After launching a new public sector bulletin at the start of the year, PRWeek UK is well-placed to select its top public sector campaigns of 2017.

Top of the Year: Co-ordinated emergency services comms teams pass the test(s)

Top of the Year: Co-ordinated emergency services comms teams pass the test(s)

Mass-casualty terrorist attacks on high-profile targets, as well as one of Britain's biggest peace-time disasters, meant the emergency services and their comms operations were tested to an unprecedented degree in 2017. They passed with flying colours.

Influencer relations outshining traditional media relations for luxury comms pros

Influencer relations outshining traditional media relations for luxury comms pros

Influencer relations has become of higher priority to the luxury sector than traditional media relations according to a survey of members of the Luxury Communications Council (LCC), the community of comms and marketing experts from the luxury industry.

'Fleishman is one of the top two agencies in the world': An hour with John Saunders

'Fleishman is one of the top two agencies in the world': An hour with John Saunders

The native of Dublin and CEO of the world's third-largest agency sat down with PRWeek in New York to discuss his two years at the helm of FleishmanHillard.

In brief: Tesco's Milton saddles up in new role, FTI senior MD heads to NY, another Accenture purchase

In brief: Tesco's Milton saddles up in new role, FTI senior MD heads to NY, another Accenture purchase

Tesco's Milton saddles up at Mobike and FTI senior MD heads to NY and more from PRWeek UK.

Revealed: PRWeek UK's most read stories of 2017

Revealed: PRWeek UK's most read stories of 2017

From Bell Pottinger to snap elections, Stop Funding Hate to the Top 150, with a fair bit more Bell Pottinger in between, PRWeek UK reveals its most-read stories of 2017.

Movers and shakers: 13 of the biggest appointments and departures in 2017

Movers and shakers: 13 of the biggest appointments and departures in 2017

As 2017 prepares to be succeeded by 2018, here are 13 lucky (or unlucky, in some cases) PR and comms leaders who moved on during the year.

Flop of the Year: Theresa May snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

Flop of the Year: Theresa May snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

In years to come, Theresa May's 2017 may come to adorn comms and campaigning textbooks as an example of exactly how not to do it.

Weber promotes Prime's Palmqvist and London boss Friend ahead of end-of-year handover from Byrne

Weber promotes Prime's Palmqvist and London boss Friend ahead of end-of-year handover from Byrne

Weber Shandwick has handed more senior roles to Jonas Palmqvist and Rachel Friend (pictured) as EMEA control of the agency prepares to pass from Colin Byrne to Tim Sutton on 1 January.

Huntsworth upbeat on trading ahead of financial year-end

Huntsworth upbeat on trading ahead of financial year-end

Grayling, Red and Citigate parent company Huntsworth said it "continues to trade well" in a short, upbeat trading update this morning.

Visa's Stephen Kehoe named Edelman's global chair of reputation

Visa's Stephen Kehoe named Edelman's global chair of reputation

Kehoe most recently served as SVP of global corporate relations and financial inclusion at Visa.

In brief: Law Society's new external affairs lead, Russia World Cup plans, wins for Jargon and The Wern

Law Society's new external affairs lead, Russia World Cup press plans, Trint takes on The Wern and more from PRWeek UK.

11 of the best PR campaigns and activations of 2017 (according to you)

11 of the best PR campaigns and activations of 2017 (according to you)

Each month PRWeek UK picks its top five PR and comms campaigns and asks you, our beloved readers, to vote for your favourite. Below is a look back at each one of the champions from 2017...

Sign on the dotted line: 16 account moves that shook up PR in 2017

Sign on the dotted line: 16 account moves that shook up PR in 2017

Everyone in PR has been hired and fired probably more times than they care to remember. Here are 16 big moves that tell the story of PR-land in 2017.

Five Christmas campaigns we liked in 2017: your winner revealed

Five Christmas campaigns we liked in 2017: your winner revealed

PRWeek UK picked its top festive PR and comms campaigns from 2017, and nearly 800 people voted for their favourite. Find out the winner below...

Gambling brand rapped by ASA for sexist slur on Loose Women presenters

Gambling brand rapped by ASA for sexist slur on Loose Women presenters

An online gambling company has been reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority after one of its brands posted a tweet featuring a derogatory comment alongside a photo of the star of ITV's Loose Women in swimwear.

Scottish Government unveils 2018 comms priorities

Scottish Government unveils 2018 comms priorities

Supporting Scotland's public services, promoting it as a place to live and work and protecting the interests of its communities during Brexit negotiations are among the priorities set out in the Scottish Government's new comms plan.

Met Police picks former government comms chief to replace Martin Fewell

Met Police picks former government comms chief to replace Martin Fewell

The Met has appointed a former government comms chief and senior BBC journalist as its new director of media and comms.

Case study: Snap social campaign by medicines regulator gained hits and specialist media coverage

Case study: Snap social campaign by medicines regulator gained hits and specialist media coverage

A five-day social media campaign by the UK's medicines regulator garnered more than 200,000 impressions and widespread coverage in specialist pharma media.

Analysis

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

Bell Pottinger and beyond: does the PR industry have an ethical problem?

Bell Pottinger and beyond: does the PR industry have an ethical problem?

Latest Jobs

People moves

FleishmanHillard appoints Sophie Scott global head of technology

FleishmanHillard appoints Sophie Scott global head of technology

Her predecessor was Bob Winslow, who moved on to Oracle.

In brief: Redleaf briefed by reality start-up, PC Agency to PR Air Partner, hires at Higginson, Makara and Substance

Redleaf briefed by reality start-up, The PC Agency to support Air Partner, hires at Higginson, Makara and Substance.

Hanover public affairs chief steps down as internal successor appointed

Hanover public affairs chief steps down as internal successor appointed

Laura Swire has stepped down from her role as the MD of Hanover's 30-strong public affairs team, with Katie Blower promoted to take over the position.

Sky corporate affairs chief Catherine Hicks departs after two years

Sky corporate affairs chief Catherine Hicks departs after two years

Catherine Hicks, group corporate affairs director of Sky, is leaving the business, with a successor due to be named in the new year.

Former BoJo aide Guto Harri to leave Liberty Global at end of year

Former BoJo aide Guto Harri to leave Liberty Global at end of year

Guto Harri is leaving his role at media giant Liberty Global, two years after the former Boris Johnson aide departed News UK.

In brief: Sard recruits from Edelman, Brands2Life hires deputy MD, PRCA elects Council vice-chairman, wins for Fusion and Third City

In brief: Sard recruits from Edelman, Brands2Life hires deputy MD, PRCA elects Council vice-chairman, wins for Fusion and Third City

Sard hires Edelman's Young, Brands2Life hires Katy Stolliday as deputy MD, Third City takes off with Delta, police comms chief named PRCA Council vice-chairman and more from PRWeek UK.

RSA comms director departs in restructure after little more than a year

RSA comms director departs in restructure after little more than a year

Insurance group RSA's director of comms Alice Hunt, who reports to CEO Stephen Hester, is leaving the business as part of an internal restructure.

GCI Health confirms Jones and Kerry as joint MDs of London operation

GCI Health confirms Jones and Kerry as joint MDs of London operation

GCI Health has confirmed new hire Kath Kerry and maternity leave returner Rikki Jones as co-MDs of its London operation, the network's second hub alongside its New York HQ.

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

United Continental's Jim Olson to leave airline

Olson is exiting the company after a year that included the David Dao incident and other crises.

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Weber Shandwick UK's MD of corporate, financial and public affairs Ben Burton is leaving the company to join Porter Novelli's Dublin office, as Ireland's capital looks to opportunities arising from Brexit.

In brief: Irish press secretary joins Edelman, Hotwire hires, German launch from Premier

In brief: Irish press secretary joins Edelman, Hotwire hires, German launch from Premier

Feargal Purcell joins Edelman Ireland, Hotwire hires corporate strategy director, Premier launches German campaign and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign

In brief: Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign

Remarkable rebrands after acquisition, Lotus heads back to Spain, Fleishman begins Western Union campaign and more from PRWeek UK

Lloyd's of London's Stewart Todd to join Santander to lead media and public policy

Lloyd's of London's Stewart Todd to join Santander to lead media and public policy

Stewart Todd will join the bank Santander UK in March as head of external comms.