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PM's comms chief denies role in spiking BBC probe into Leave.EU

PM's comms chief denies role in spiking BBC probe into Leave.EU

Robbie Gibb, Theresa May's director of communications, has denied claims that as BBC Westminster chief he interfered in editorial coverage of Leave.EU's use of Facebook targeting in advertising.

Public Affairs Board announces new leadership team

Public Affairs Board announces new leadership team

The five-strong executive committee will focus on ethics, diversity and the devolved nations, and includes co-chairs to succeed Paul Bristow.

Exclusive: Garden Bridge fiasco 'a lesson for charity comms'

Exclusive: Garden Bridge fiasco 'a lesson for charity comms'

The Garden Bridge project 'fiasco' is a warning to charities to clearly communicate their charitable purpose as allegations the project became too cosy to politicians have emerged following an inquest, PRWeek can reveal.

Saudi humanitarian organisation brings on Qorvis Communications

Saudi humanitarian organisation brings on Qorvis Communications

Washington-based PR firm will handle communications for KSRelief, which is backed by the Saudi government.

APCO hires directors in public affairs and strategic comms

APCO hires directors in public affairs and strategic comms

APCO Worldwide has strengthened its senior public affairs and strategic communications teams.

Pagefield appoints public affairs partner from GK Strategy

Pagefield appoints public affairs partner from GK Strategy

Pagefield has strengthened its public affairs practice with the appointment of Southwark Council deputy leader Rebecca Lury as a partner, PRWeek can reveal.

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

Brunei-owned brands face a reputational crisis, but PR pros are divided about whether other brands should join a celebrity-led boycott against barbaric new laws that punish Brunei's LGBTI+ community with death.

'The comms impact could be significant': Tech giants and industry leaders cautiously welcome calls for tougher online regulation

'The comms impact could be significant': Tech giants and industry leaders cautiously welcome calls for tougher online regulation

The Government's long awaited Online Harms White Paper, published yesterday, recommends that an independent body should regulate digital companies and have the ability to impose fines on those that breach their duty of care.

Lime appoints UK agencies for PR and e-scooters briefs

Lime appoints UK agencies for PR and e-scooters briefs

Recently launched electric mobility company Lime has appointed The PHA Group to handle PR and Headland to work on public affairs and an advocacy campaign for dockless e-scooters.

Hanover Middle East MD hails agency acquisition

Hanover Middle East MD hails agency acquisition

Hanover Middle East's leadership team to remain following acquisition by Avenir Global, the Canadian owner of PR shops Madano, Axon and Cherry, says regional MD.

Lewington: 'Hanover plans to double in size in five years following sale'

Lewington: 'Hanover plans to double in size in five years following sale'

Hanover plans to double in size over the next five years and believes joining Montreal-based Avenir Global will unlock huge growth opportunities for the global agency, including in the Middle East.

Corporate affairs luminaries launch new London-based agency

Corporate affairs luminaries launch new London-based agency

Leading figures from across UK corporate affairs have joined forces this week with the launch of Apella, a new firm that will focus on strategic advisory services.

Bristow steps down as Public Affairs Board chair to potentially contest by-election

Bristow steps down as Public Affairs Board chair to potentially contest by-election

Paul Bristow - the Public Affairs Board chair and formerly head of the APPC - has stepped down to potentially contest the Peterborough by-election as a Conservative candidate.

PR's gender pay gap shrinks but ethnic diversity worsens: CIPR's State of the Profession

PR's gender pay gap shrinks but ethnic diversity worsens: CIPR's State of the Profession

Mental health, diversity and inclusion continue to be problems for the PR industry, according to new CIPR research released this month.

Healthcare agency opens government affairs practice and announces senior hires

Healthcare agency opens government affairs practice and announces senior hires

Healthcare comms and MedEd agency Publicis Resolute has expanded its client offer with a new government affairs practice, supporting the move by appointing two new directors across the business.

Top of the month: Ardern's response to Christchurch attacks proves message of love trumps hate

Top of the month: Ardern's response to Christchurch attacks proves message of love trumps hate

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern proves there is another, more refreshing approach to political communication that puts leaders of this country to shame.

New copyright laws 'could spell doom for viral content and Google News'

New copyright laws 'could spell doom for viral content and Google News'

PR leaders have expressed serious concerns about proposed EU copyright laws that could dramatically change how content is shared on search and social media. They warn the changes threaten the core principle of PR - access to information.

Opinion and features

Bad gender pay gap headlines can't be fixed by spin doctors who don't get it

Bad gender pay gap headlines can't be fixed by spin doctors who don't get it

More than three quarters of firms pay men more than women, yet many (men) insist there is no such thing as the gender pay gap, arguing it is a statistical creation that allows women to feel hard done by.

Never ask for copy approval - it only ruins your relationships

Never ask for copy approval - it only ruins your relationships

Asking for copy proofing or approval is just one of many random acts of stupidity that tarnish the PR industry's reputation, argues Babel PR boss Ian Hood in this strongly worded column.

'Dangerous Comms Act': Government regulation of PR industry would be unworkable

'Dangerous Comms Act': Government regulation of PR industry would be unworkable

"Why is PR obsessed with being a profession?" ran a recent debate on Twitter, together with a discussion of the requirements of achieving formally recognised status.

EU Copyright Directive: We need to tame the Wild West of online activity

EU Copyright Directive: We need to tame the Wild West of online activity

There has been some misplaced outcry around the European Parliament's vote to adopt the EU Copyright Directive last week.

Part-time working isn't just for parents

Part-time working isn't just for parents

'Flexible and part-time working are concessions that agencies make for mums. They are detrimental to business and agencies only allow people to work in this way because they don't look very nice if they don't.'

I'm a comms chief who became the CEO and you can do it, too

I'm a comms chief who became the CEO and you can do it, too

For nearly twenty years, I worked steadily as a communications professional and even though I was a charity comms director, I never gave becoming a chief executive a second thought. Then, I became the CEO. By accident.

Debunking the anti-vaxxers: how communications can help

Debunking the anti-vaxxers: how communications can help

Thought your kid was safe from the measles? Think again. Experts say several diseases that are avoidable are making a comeback, and it's all due to people who refuse to vaccinate their kids.

How I found my new work/life balance after a life-changing experience

How I found my new work/life balance after a life-changing experience

In May last year my wife Kate and I had just had our second (my third!) child. I'd been trying to get to a place where I was happy with my work life balance and I had finally got there.

PRWeek UK Power Book 2019: Top 10 in political & public affairs comms

PRWeek UK Power Book 2019: Top 10 in political & public affairs comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we rank the top ten in political and public affairs comms.

Sweet PR leaves a sour taste for the whole industry after MailOnline furore

Sweet PR leaves a sour taste for the whole industry after MailOnline furore

The furore around the MailOnline pulling a story after a case study was submitted by a PR agency boss under a false name should raise alarm bells.

IWD: Are women holding themselves back or is it the attitudes and biases of others?

IWD: Are women holding themselves back or is it the attitudes and biases of others?

On International Women's Day, when the media is full of positive and uplifting stories about women, I am delighted to be taking over as Chairman of Women Leaders in Communications (formerly Women in Communications Careers Network).

Stop describing powerful women as 'badass'; it's just patronising

Stop describing powerful women as 'badass'; it's just patronising

In the run up to International Women's Day, I'm bracing myself for the rhetoric that has become the default in communications which aim to empower women in industry, but in fact patronise and segregate them.

Five things you need to know before hiring a journalist

Five things you need to know before hiring a journalist

The PR industry is set to be swamped by HORDES of ex-journalists all turning their backs on dwindling news organisations and stepping into a new world of hope and prosperity.

The Independent Group - what are the consequences for public affairs practitioners?

The Independent Group - what are the consequences for public affairs practitioners?

The creation of The Independent Group within Parliament may signal a real change in political dynamic within the UK, or it may well be a temporary phenomenon.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Field Consulting recruits inaugural MD from Pagefield

Field Consulting recruits inaugural MD from Pagefield

Field Consulting has appointed Pagefield partner Lucy Holbrook as its first managing director.

NHS comms manager builds on property specialism for government role

NHS comms manager builds on property specialism for government role

Caroline Welch has left NHS Property Services, where she was senior press and public affairs manager, to take up a new role as senior comms manager for the government's Help to Buy scheme at Homes England, a non-departmental public body.

MHP appoints senior crisis specialist from Golin

MHP appoints senior crisis specialist from Golin

MHP Communications has appointed senior crisis specialist Michaela Gray as an associate director in its crisis and risk team.

BCW hires two directors to UK healthcare team

BCW hires two directors to UK healthcare team

Burson Cohn & Wolfe has announced the appointments of Anna Dé and Matt Foster as senior directors in its UK healthcare practice.

Former home secretary to lead women-focused practice at Higginson Strategy

Former home secretary to lead women-focused practice at Higginson Strategy

Former home secretary Jacqui Smith has joined boutique public affairs agency Higginson Strategy as chair of its new women's practice, Empower.

MHP appoints senior Conservative adviser as director in public affairs

MHP appoints senior Conservative adviser as director in public affairs

Strategic advisory firm MHP Communications has appointed the former special adviser to Amber Rudd when she was Home Secretary as a director in its public affairs practice.