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Snapchat fact-checks political ads, CEO says

Snapchat fact-checks political ads, CEO says

Co-founder Evan Spiegel weighs in on debate over accountability of social networks.

Weight Watchers picks new retained consumer PR agency

Weight Watchers picks new retained consumer PR agency

Global wellness company Weight Watchers (WW) has appointed PrettyGreen as its UK retained consumer PR agency, PRWeek can reveal.

Ginny Paton joins Iris to lead PR division

Ginny Paton joins Iris to lead PR division

Iris has appointed former Mischief director and founder of House PR, Ginny Paton, as managing partner, PRWeek can reveal.

PRWeek relaunches survey into mental health in PR

PRWeek relaunches survey into mental health in PR

PRWeek has re-launched a survey looking at attitudes towards mental health in the PR and comms industry.

Sainsbury's St Nick, Tesco, Debenhams, KFC and McNuggets-eating reindeer - PRWeek panel on Christmas campaigns

Sainsbury's St Nick, Tesco, Debenhams, KFC and McNuggets-eating reindeer - PRWeek panel on Christmas campaigns

The final instalment of what our Christmas creatives panel had to say about some of the best (and worst) campaigns this festive season.

#OurDay: Hundreds of local authorities celebrating public sector workers today

#OurDay: Hundreds of local authorities celebrating public sector workers today

Millions of Britons are getting a glimpse of life inside hundreds of local authorities across England and Wales, thanks to a 24 hour tweetathon taking place today.

Creativebrief promotes Charlie Carpenter to CEO

Creativebrief promotes Charlie Carpenter to CEO

Appointment comes after five years as managing director.

Yorkshire brewery drafts in PR agency to drive Christmas sales

Yorkshire brewery drafts in PR agency to drive Christmas sales

Family-owned brewery Timothy Taylor's has appointed Finn Communications to raise awareness of its online offering in the lead up to Christmas and help drive sales of its gift range.

FTI hires ex-Times leader writer and private equity trade body chief

FTI hires ex-Times leader writer and private equity trade body chief

FTI Consulting has hired Tim Hames, former director general of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA), as a senior advisor in its strategic communications arm in London.

Cost of influencer posts on social media rises dramatically

Cost of influencer posts on social media rises dramatically

The average cost of an Instagram post has risen a whopping 44% in 2019 compared to last year.

Majority of consumers have unfollowed social media influencers - UAE and Saudi study

Majority of consumers have unfollowed social media influencers - UAE and Saudi study

A new survey of consumers' found that four out of five had unfollowed social media influencers due to the promotional content they post.

'Talent remains the number one issue' - ICCO World PR Report

'Talent remains the number one issue' - ICCO World PR Report

PR's global growth is set to surge beyond 2020 but recruiting skilled staff is a constant hurdle, according to the annual report.

MEPRA gears up for its annual awards gala

MEPRA gears up for its annual awards gala

The 11th annual edition marks the largest-ever edition of MEPRA's awards, with new categories for technical skills, services and sectors.

72Point marketing manager leaves for Havering Council

72Point marketing manager leaves for Havering Council

Emma Blint has left her job as marketing manager at consumer PR agency 72Point to take up a new role as change communications lead at Havering Council.

Martin Sorrell denies 'slapping' Superunion's Jim Prior over Campaign interview

Martin Sorrell denies 'slapping' Superunion's Jim Prior over Campaign interview

Former WPP chief was angry ex-colleague called S4 Capital 'speck in rearview mirror'.

Digital and social media budgets to rise, says PRCA research

Digital and social media budgets to rise, says PRCA research

Digital PR spending will continue to grow, as does confidence in practitioners ability to measure its impact, according to a PRCA Digital PR and Communications report.

Police campaign highlights the warning signs that can lead to murder

Police campaign highlights the warning signs that can lead to murder

The danger signs that someone may be stalking you are highlighted in a campaign launched by Staffordshire Police today, amid mounting concern over a crime that can escalate and end in murder.

Prince Andrew's former PR man joins Finsbury after 'amicable split'

Prince Andrew's former PR man joins Finsbury after 'amicable split'

Jason Stein, the PR professional who advised against Prince Andrew's BBC Newsnight interview, has joined Finsbury. Stein previously worked for Amber Rudd, the sister of Finsbury founder Roland.

Landsec names new corporate affairs and sustainability chief as incumbent steps down

Landsec names new corporate affairs and sustainability chief as incumbent steps down

Landsec, the UK's biggest commercial property development and investment firm, has promoted Caroline Hill to group corporate affairs and sustainability director on the retirement of Miles Webber, PRWeek has learned.

'Prince Andrew interview will reign as a masterclass in PR disasters for some time' - industry reaction

'Prince Andrew interview will reign as a masterclass in PR disasters for some time' - industry reaction

PR professionals have been left gobsmacked by the tactics and execution of Prince Andrews' BBC interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, labelling it one of the worst PR disasters of all time.

Analysis

General Election Panel: Tories energised as Brexit Party blinks first

General Election Panel: Tories energised as Brexit Party blinks first

Is the NHS being 'weaponised' for the General Election? Healthcare comms experts give their verdict

Is the NHS being 'weaponised' for the General Election? Healthcare comms experts give their verdict

General Election Panel: Conservatives misfire as parties move into full campaign mode

General Election Panel: Conservatives misfire as parties move into full campaign mode

Exclusive: London Fire Brigade overwhelmed by media during Grenfell disaster

Exclusive: London Fire Brigade overwhelmed by media during Grenfell disaster

PR professionals urged to combat irresponsible influencers

PR professionals urged to combat irresponsible influencers

Exclusive: Healthcare M&A: PR agencies can name their price, experts suggest

Exclusive: Healthcare M&A: PR agencies can name their price, experts suggest

Exclusive: 'Macho' culture in public affairs discriminates against women, survey finds

Exclusive: 'Macho' culture in public affairs discriminates against women, survey finds

Dominic Cummings and Seumas Milne: In the firing line or just being used for target practice?

Dominic Cummings and Seumas Milne: In the firing line or just being used for target practice?

Exclusive: Robbie Gibb on the Downing Street years, Johnson's Brexit strategy and Naga Munchetty

Exclusive: Robbie Gibb on the Downing Street years, Johnson's Brexit strategy and Naga Munchetty

'It was horrific': Exclusive interview with Thomas Cook comms chief Alice Macandrew

'It was horrific': Exclusive interview with Thomas Cook comms chief Alice Macandrew

Public affairs pros react to the Prime Minister's Conservative Party conference speech

Public affairs pros react to the Prime Minister's Conservative Party conference speech

Government comms caught between a rock and a hard place with £100m Brexit campaign

Government comms caught between a rock and a hard place with £100m Brexit campaign

Public affairs pros react to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Conference speech

Public affairs pros react to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Conference speech

Thomas Cook comms crisis: PR pros praise slick response, take aim at 'cold-blooded' operators

Thomas Cook comms crisis: PR pros praise slick response, take aim at 'cold-blooded' operators

Exclusive: FOI requests reveal 'severe cuts' to local authority comms teams and budgets

Exclusive: FOI requests reveal 'severe cuts' to local authority comms teams and budgets

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People moves

In brief: 30 Under 30 alum makes agency's board, wins for Brilliant, Synergy and Tank

In brief: 30 Under 30 alum makes agency's board, wins for Brilliant, Synergy and Tank

Third City promotes Westmore, new appointment at Scriba PR, fitness win for Tank, employee engagement brief for Synergy, food-brand win for Brilliant, and more from PRWeek UK.

Grayling rolls out creative services division, hires former M&C Saatchi PR creative director

Grayling rolls out creative services division, hires former M&C Saatchi PR creative director

Grayling has launched a new creative services division, IGNITE, and hired new creative director Julian Cirrone, who joins from M&C Saatchi PR.

Roland Dransfield expands to London and restructures leadership team

Roland Dransfield expands to London and restructures leadership team

Manchester-based PR and communications agency Roland Dransfield has opened an office in London and announced a restructure, alongside key promotions and appointments.

Just briefly: Account wins and people moves

Just briefly: Account wins and people moves

A roundup of the latest industry news.

Definition launches food and drink specialism with senior hires

Definition launches food and drink specialism with senior hires

PR agency Definition has bolstered its senior team and is launching a new food and drink offering.

Nationwide's campaigns and public policy manager to step down

Nationwide's campaigns and public policy manager to step down

Tanya Joseph, who was behind Sport England's highly acclaimed This Girl Can campaign, will step down from her role at the end of the month.

FTI Consulting bolsters digital practice with Centrica hire

FTI Consulting bolsters digital practice with Centrica hire

FTI Consulting has strengthened its digital practice with the appointment of Centrica's director of digital communications Laura Price.

Long-serving Financial Times editor Lionel Barber to step down

Long-serving Financial Times editor Lionel Barber to step down

The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, is leaving his post next year, ending a 34-year career at the publication. Deputy editor Rhoula Khalaf has been promoted to editor.

'It is time to tackle gender inequality and boardroom imbalance' - new GWPR MENA chair

'It is time to tackle gender inequality and boardroom imbalance' - new GWPR MENA chair

Lucy D'abo, chair of GWPR MENA, says flexible working hours, equal opportunities, women in leadership, and sponsoring up-and-coming talent is at the top of the agenda for a new regional branch of Global Women in PR (GWPR).

Well Hello rebrands following co-founder's departure

Well Hello rebrands following co-founder's departure

Well Hello - the agency formed by Nick Woods and Lisa Taylor in 2016 - has rebranded as Sunny Side Up.

In brief: Cartoon Network picks UK agency, Madano hires director, wins for Talk.Global, KPPR

In brief: Cartoon Network picks UK agency, Madano hires director, wins for Talk.Global, KPPR

Cartoon Network picks UK agency for show launch, senior hires at Purplefish and Madano, Fox rebrands, wins for Talk.Global and KPPR.

Former Newington COO Naomi Harris joins public affairs consultancy

Former Newington COO Naomi Harris joins public affairs consultancy

Public affairs and communications consultancy WA Communications has appointed former Newington COO Naomi Harris as a director.

Airbnb names new head of comms in Asia

Airbnb names new head of comms in Asia

Belle Baldoza will look after Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.