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Instinctif sale 'paused' as buyers fail to meet circa £20m price for majority stake

Instinctif sale 'paused' as buyers fail to meet circa £20m price for majority stake

The sale process for Instinctif Partners has been "paused", with potential buyers unwilling to meet the asking price.

World Cup results: the campaigns that flew and the ones that flopped

World Cup results: the campaigns that flew and the ones that flopped

Which World Cup campaigns performed and which ones fell flat? PRWeek looks at the top campaign performers and those who flattered to deceive this summer.

Weber Shandwick buys London agency co-founded by comedian and social star David Schneider

Weber Shandwick buys London agency co-founded by comedian and social star David Schneider

Weber Shandwick has acquired That Lot, the London-based social creative agency co-founded by British comedian, actor, writer and director David Schneider.

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

Business network the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is taking on two co-executive director of policy and campaigns, with both joining from the same charity.

Thames Water taps up first comms director from Maitland

Thames Water taps up first comms director from Maitland

Thames Water has appointed Maitland partner Sundeep Tucker to the new position of director of communications.

It won't be 'PR's moment' if we keep looking cheap - talking creativity with The Romans' Joe Mackay-Sinclair

It won't be 'PR's moment' if we keep looking cheap - talking creativity with The Romans' Joe Mackay-Sinclair

In our third interview with a leading UK PR creative, PRCA Creative Group chair Nick Woods meets Joe Mackay-Sinclair (pictured), creative director and co-founder of The Romans.

Activision hires new UK PR agency after parting ways with Red

Activision hires new UK PR agency after parting ways with Red

Activision, the video game maker behind Call of Duty and Guitar Hero, has appointed H+K to handle its UK PR.

Former PR lead for Branson and London's Olympic Park named new LTA comms chief

Former PR lead for Branson and London's Olympic Park named new LTA comms chief

UK tennis governing body the Lawn Tennis Association has hired Victoria O'Byrne as its new comms director.

In brief: Third City hires joint MDs, Next 15 buys industrial specialist, new wins for Kin and Anteater

In brief: Third City hires joint MDs, Next 15 buys industrial specialist, new wins for Kin and Anteater

Third City hires joint MDs, Next 15 acquires industrial specialist, Cherish heads to US, and more from PRWeek UK.

Ofcom calls for Facebook and Google to be independently regulated over fake news

Ofcom calls for Facebook and Google to be independently regulated over fake news

Facebook and Google should be subject to independent regulation to tackle the spread of misleading information online, the head of the UK's communications regulator has argued.

Publicis Groupe expands country model to eight key markets

Publicis Groupe expands country model to eight key markets

Publicis Groupe has expanded its "country model" to eight key global markets as the French ad giant's restructure continues.

Olson Engage ends relationship with Papa John's over founder's comments

Olson Engage ends relationship with Papa John's over founder's comments

A representative from the agency said Olson had recurring differences with founder John Schnatter, who resigned as the company's chairman on Wednesday after his use of the n-word on a conference call became public.

Julian Assange takes on ex-Labour MP and PR man Richard Hillgrove to seek 'political solution' to extradition impasse

Julian Assange takes on ex-Labour MP and PR man Richard Hillgrove to seek 'political solution' to extradition impasse

Julian Assange has taken on a new team to provide PR, parliamentary engagement and other services, as he attempts to secure a way for him to end his stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Cannes Lions owner makes MD Jose Papa redundant

Cannes Lions owner makes MD Jose Papa redundant

Jose Papa, who had the job of running the Cannes Lions ad festival for the past two years, is being made redundant by the festival's owner Ascential.

Deliveroo brings in new consumer agency after parting with Hope&Glory

Deliveroo brings in new consumer agency after parting with Hope&Glory

Deliveroo has taken on a new agency for UK consumer campaigns, PRWeek has learned.

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

Holly Pither, associate director at Bottle and new mother, has spoken to PRWeek about her experience of maternity leave, returning to her agency early and what the industry should be doing to support women.

Ogilvy Worldwide creative chief fired after internal investigation

Ogilvy Worldwide creative chief fired after internal investigation

Tham Khai Meng has been with Ogilvy since 1999.

Papa John's founder apologizes: 'Racism has no place in our society'

Papa John's founder apologizes: 'Racism has no place in our society'

The pizza chain's founder, John Schnatter, confirmed reports about inappropriate language on a May conference call.

Twitter purge of locked accounts welcomed by Unilever's Keith Weed

Twitter purge of locked accounts welcomed by Unilever's Keith Weed

Some Twitter accounts could lose millions of followers when the social platform purges large numbers of "locked" accounts this week.

PayPal's Pablo Rodriguez to join JP Morgan Chase

PayPal's Pablo Rodriguez to join JP Morgan Chase

Rodriguez oversaw comms for consumer brands within the PayPal portfolio, including Venmo and Xoom.

Analysis

Local elections post-mortem: how council comms strategies affected voter turnout

Local elections post-mortem: how council comms strategies affected voter turnout

Where your favorite YouTube star is taking their talents

Where your favorite YouTube star is taking their talents

'Stuff your conscious mind with information' - talking creativity with Taylor Herring's Pete Mountstevens

'Stuff your conscious mind with information' - talking creativity with Taylor Herring's Pete Mountstevens

Singing CEO cops flack, but PR must be on song for Sainsbury's and Asda merger

Singing CEO cops flack, but PR must be on song for Sainsbury's and Asda merger

'Don't let your officials take the blame or they'll have revenge' - comms pros on Rudd's resignation

'Don't let your officials take the blame or they'll have revenge' - comms pros on Rudd's resignation

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

Which government departments are the most effective at using Twitter?

Which government departments are the most effective at using Twitter?

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis

'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

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

Latest Jobs

People moves

In brief: Threepipe gets Hotwire HR lead, hires at FTI, TVC and 72Point, Great Lakes account extension

In brief: Threepipe gets Hotwire HR lead, hires at FTI, TVC and 72Point, Great Lakes account extension

Threepipe gets Hotwire HR lead, Energy recruit at FTI, TVC brings in client director, and more from PRWeek UK.

APCO launches Dubai-based AI Comms Lab

APCO launches Dubai-based AI Comms Lab

Imad Lahad will head the new department.

Ex-BBC journalist and Buckingham Palace PR to lead Oxfam GB comms

Ex-BBC journalist and Buckingham Palace PR to lead Oxfam GB comms

Oxfam GB has hired Steve Kingstone as its comms director, starting in the Autumn.

James Wright named Havas PR North America CEO

James Wright named Havas PR North America CEO

Wright has also been appointed global chairman of Havas PR Collective.

Finsbury names deputy CEO, head of operations

Finsbury names deputy CEO, head of operations

The appointments follow the exit of North America president Stephen Labaton.

Long-time Nationwide external affairs head joins challenger bank

Long-time Nationwide external affairs head joins challenger bank

Challenger bank Aldermore has appointed Alan Oliver (pictured) as its new head of external comms.

Newington and CBI veteran joins business group ahead of Brexit and Crossrail push

Newington and CBI veteran joins business group ahead of Brexit and Crossrail push

Muniya Barua has been made London First's first director of corporate affairs, with other comms figures in the business group given promotions.

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Content hire at Big and more from PRWeek UK.

Prodromou out as Racepoint Global CEO

Prodromou out as Racepoint Global CEO

Chairman and CEO Larry Weber retakes helm of Boston PR firm.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe UK country lead named

Burson Cohn & Wolfe UK country lead named

Cohn & Wolfe's Rebecca Grant has been chosen to lead the UK business of the newly merged Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).

29 PR pros who have gone places since being in the PRWeek 30 Under 30

29 PR pros who have gone places since being in the PRWeek 30 Under 30

The PRWeek 30 Under 30 has been highlighting the industry's stars of the future since 2006. Now it's the future - so what have the previous entrants been up to?

Golin's Jon Hughes returns to UK in shakeup of co-CEO duties

Golin's Jon Hughes returns to UK in shakeup of co-CEO duties

Golin co-CEO Jon Hughes is returning to the UK after six years to take a new role overseeing offices across EMEA and Asia.

SEC creates chief sales officer role to improve group visibility and connectivity

SEC creates chief sales officer role to improve group visibility and connectivity

Tom Parker, CEO of Brussels agency Cambre Associates, has been promoted to the newly created role of chief sales officer at its Milan-headquartered parent company SEC.