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Taylor Herring's first TV ad foray is unbroken three-minute shot of Samsung washing machine during Gogglebox

Taylor Herring's first TV ad foray is unbroken three-minute shot of Samsung washing machine during Gogglebox

Samsung and PR agency Taylor Herring will make history on Friday night, with what it claims is the longest single-shot TV ad ever screened in the UK.

Report says automation and analytics hold key to comms in 2018

Report says automation and analytics hold key to comms in 2018

Automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) will have big impacts on the marketing and communications industry in 2018.

Scottish lobbying register urged to emphasise 'positive' aspects of the trade

Scottish lobbying register urged to emphasise 'positive' aspects of the trade

The nascent Scottish Parliament Lobbying Register has been urged to raise awareness of what lobbying is and highlight the positive aspects of it, in a report by a University of Edinburgh lecturer.

CNC wins PR brief with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan after Bell Pottinger fall

CNC wins PR brief with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan after Bell Pottinger fall

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP), one of the world's biggest pension plans, has hired CNC as its PR agency of record in the UK/Europe and Asia Pacific, an account previously held by Bell Pottinger.

Meantime Brewing hunting for consumer PR firm as Hope&Glory declines to re-pitch

Meantime Brewing hunting for consumer PR firm as Hope&Glory declines to re-pitch

Meantime Brewing Company has called a pitch for consumer PR services, following six years working with Hope&Glory, which has declined to re-pitch.

Freuds director Jo Vyvyan-Robinson joins Stir as MD after founder Mellish sells stake

Freuds director Jo Vyvyan-Robinson joins Stir as MD after founder Mellish sells stake

Jo Vyvyan-Robinson (pictured) has joined Stir Public Relations as MD, with founder Alicia Mellish leaving after seven years to retrain.

In brief: Rudd becomes Tate trustee, Harkable up for sale, Aspectus promotes Focas, Popcorn's wine win

In brief: Rudd becomes Tate trustee, Harkable up for sale, Aspectus promotes Focas, Popcorn's wine win

Rudd becomes Tate trustee, social media agency Harkable up for sale, Aspectus promotes Focas, Popcorn's wine win, and more from PRWeek UK.

Lawsuit alleges Weber Shandwick didn't stop copywriter's online harassment campaign

Lawsuit alleges Weber Shandwick didn't stop copywriter's online harassment campaign

The Interpublic firm said it will "vigorously contest the serious allegations" described in the lawsuit.

Paperchase joins the ranks of Daily Mail detractors - but is this move a suppression of free speech?

Paperchase joins the ranks of Daily Mail detractors - but is this move a suppression of free speech?

Paperchase is the latest brand to distance itself from the Daily Mail after criticism from social media users - but what are the risks when brands take this step?

Sorrell faces House of Lords grilling on the future of advertising

Sorrell faces House of Lords grilling on the future of advertising

WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell will be questioned by the House of Lords on a number of topics related to the future of advertising.

YouTube under fire again, this time for videos that 'exploit' children

YouTube under fire again, this time for videos that 'exploit' children

An article has claimed that Google made millions of pounds in advertising from videos that exploit children.

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

UK-based Hanover Group has acquired outright the Middle East business of Bell Pottinger, including its Abu Dhabi operating license, with Archie Berens becoming chair of the new combined operation.

'We now know we were wrong': Paperchase backtracks on promotion in Daily Mail

'We now know we were wrong': Paperchase backtracks on promotion in Daily Mail

Stationery and gift retailer Paperchase has apologised to its followers on social media following objections to a promotional deal it ran on the front page of Saturday's print edition of the Daily Mail.

John Lewis' #MozTheMonster campaign judged 'most positively' on social

John Lewis' #MozTheMonster campaign judged 'most positively' on social

John Lewis' Moz the Monster Christmas campaign film appears to be the nation's favourite, according to analysis by social media monitoring tool Brandwatch.

Marginal cuts in corp comms at GE amid broader restructuring

Marginal cuts in corp comms at GE amid broader restructuring

The company's corporate communications team has seen a handful of eliminations.

KFC's latest wacky product is a $10,000 internet escape pod

KFC's latest wacky product is a $10,000 internet escape pod

Designed to "comfortably fit four adults and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken," KFC hopes the internet escape pod is just what consumers need this holiday season.

'Whatever you say about World Rugby, it isn't bent': Brian Moore on the 2023 Rugby World Cup race

'Whatever you say about World Rugby, it isn't bent': Brian Moore on the 2023 Rugby World Cup race

Rugby pundit Brian Moore has backed the decision to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, in conversation with PRWeek.

In brief: H+K bags Burson crisis specialist, CSM wins global PR brief for Formula E

H+K adds Jon Wynne-Jones to crisis team, CSM wins global PR brief for Formula E and Profile Pensions picks Publicasity.

Genius stunt or needlessly risky? PR pros digest Greggs 'sausage roll Jesus' row

Genius stunt or needlessly risky? PR pros digest Greggs 'sausage roll Jesus' row

Greggs received a wave of publicity - and a boost in sales - this week after a branded advent calendar depicted Jesus as a sausage roll. Was it harmless festive fun or something more sinister? And what does it tell us about 'banter marketing' today?

Greenpeace hijacks Coke's 'huge PR push' with alternative Christmas campaign

Greenpeace hijacks Coke's 'huge PR push' with alternative Christmas campaign

Greenpeace has launched a Christmas campaign designed to take advantage of what it describes as Coca-Cola's "huge PR push" during the festive season.

Analysis

#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?

Showcase: Mencap creates #HereIAm campaign to increase public awareness of people with a learning disability

Showcase: Mencap creates #HereIAm campaign to increase public awareness of people with a learning disability

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Freuds hires from Wunderman for new data role and brings in director from Contagious

Freuds hires from Wunderman for new data role and brings in director from Contagious

Freuds has hired Joe Faul (pictured) from WPP digital agency Wunderman to the new role of head of data and analytics, and brought in Contagious and PepsiCo veteran Arif Haq as a director.

Remarkable hires ex-Bell Pottinger partner and former Lord Mayor as director

Remarkable hires ex-Bell Pottinger partner and former Lord Mayor as director

Public affairs and property comms agency Remarkable Group has hired former Bell Pottinger partner Steve Summers as a director.

Golin hires Jonny Bentwood for new global head of data and analytics role

Golin hires Jonny Bentwood for new global head of data and analytics role

Bentwood said the Interpublic Group firm wants "serious rocket science" in its analytics approach.

Ford Motor Company looks for global social media lead

Ford Motor Company looks for global social media lead

The hire will be the automaker's "subject matter expert" when it comes to social media.

In brief: Betsafe hires PrettyGreen, Brunswick veteran Riggins launches reputation agency, Hume Brophy hires former Labour MP

Betsafe hires PrettyGreen, Brunswick veteran Riggins launches reputation agency, wins for Seven Dials and Comprigo and more from PRWeek UK.

Linstock co-founder Jon Bennett exits and sells 45 per cent stake for £116,000

Linstock co-founder Jon Bennett exits and sells 45 per cent stake for £116,000

Jon Bennett, the co-founder and co-owner of Linstock Communications, has stepped down as a director of the company but will continue to work with it in an associate capacity.

Satterthwaite to step down as chief executive of Chime amid senior management overhaul

Satterthwaite to step down as chief executive of Chime amid senior management overhaul

Chris Satterthwaite is to step down as chief executive of Chime - owner of PR agencies Good Relations, Harvard and Teamspirit - after 15 years in charge.

In brief: Axon and Madano owner gears up for growth, Launch sent on Quest, BARB brings Bromley on board

Axon and Madano owner gears up for growth, Launch sent on Quest, BARB brings Bromley on board and more from PRWeek UK.

Newington sacks former aide to ex-Defence Secretary Michael Fallon over assault claim

Newington sacks former aide to ex-Defence Secretary Michael Fallon over assault claim

Newington Communications has sacked a newly appointed ex-special advisor to former defence secretary Michael Fallon following an allegation that he committed assault.

In brief: Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum, health hires at Hanover and Lexington

Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum brief, health hires at Hanover and Lexington and more from PRWeek UK.

Does God do Twitter? Church of England appoints new director of comms with focus on social media

Does God do Twitter? Church of England appoints new director of comms with focus on social media

The Church of England's communications department will be headed up by new director Tashi Lassalle.

Porter Novelli hires Ravi Sunnak as EVP, sustainable development goals

Porter Novelli hires Ravi Sunnak as EVP, sustainable development goals

It's a new role at the Omnicom Group agency.

Home Office appoints veteran BBC journalist as new director of comms

Home Office appoints veteran BBC journalist as new director of comms

Former BBC newsman Andy Tighe has been appointed director of comms for the Home Office after a short period as interim director, PRWeek can reveal.