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PRCA diversity report urges root and branch reform of PR industry practices

PRCA diversity report urges root and branch reform of PR industry practices

The PRCA has launched its 'diversity and inclusion guidelines' report, which calls on the industry to reform working and recruitment practices.

In brief: Citizen picks Facets, Another Word wins KP, Octopus retains Unisys, Rule 5 lines up with Red Devils

In brief: Citizen picks Facets, Another Word wins KP, Octopus retains Unisys, Rule 5 lines up with Red Devils

Citizen picks W's Facets, Octopus retains Unisys, Another Word tucks into KP, new boss for Ketchum Germany and more from PRWeek UK.

Anti-Brexit group 'to launch nationwide campaign' this month

Anti-Brexit group 'to launch nationwide campaign' this month

A new anti-Brexit group linked to WPP chief Sir Martin Sorrell is reportedly planning to launch a nationwide campaign this month in order to bring about a second referendum on the UK's EU membership.

In brief: GK boss Wallace departs, OVO hires Brands2Life, MHP wins DC Advisory

In brief: GK boss Wallace departs, OVO hires Brands2Life, MHP wins DC Advisory

GK boss Wallace departs, OVO hires Brands2Life, MHP wins DC Advisory, KPMG gets social in Oz and more from PRWeek UK.

Lansons requests Private Eye correction over client transparency accusation

Lansons requests Private Eye correction over client transparency accusation

Lansons has asked Private Eye to publish a correction after the satirical title alleged the agency had not lived up to a transparency promise made in a PRWeek article.

Former adviser to David Cameron promoted to Google EMEA comms helm

Former adviser to David Cameron promoted to Google EMEA comms helm

Google's new EMEA comms and public affairs head has been confirmed as Tim Chatwin, an internal hire who has been with the company since 2011.

Former Bell Pottinger boss James Henderson launches new venture

Former Bell Pottinger boss James Henderson launches new venture

James Henderson, CEO of collapsed PR agency Bell Pottinger, has confirmed details of the new consultancy he has set up for 2018.

In brief: Ruder Finn hires internal specialist, Social Communications expands, wins for Dana and Matta

In brief: Ruder Finn hires internal specialist, Social Communications expands, wins for Dana and Matta

Ruder Finn hires internal specialist, Social Communications opens in Bristol, wins for Dana and Matta and more from PRWeek UK.

Pfizer UK public affairs lead joins Edelman

Pfizer UK public affairs lead joins Edelman

Alan Maine has joined Edelman as a senior director in its London health team.

Crisis comms expert Glenn Selig killed in Kabul hotel attack

Crisis comms expert Glenn Selig killed in Kabul hotel attack

Selig was killed after Taliban gunmen raided a hotel in the Afghan capital this weekend.

Davos: Sorrell and Edelman on education, lobbying and stakeholders

Davos: Sorrell and Edelman on education, lobbying and stakeholders

Two of the most powerful men in media and communications have outlined views on how communicators and business leaders need to change how they work.

Cicero opens Dublin office to address 'Brexit upheaval'

Cicero opens Dublin office to address 'Brexit upheaval'

Cicero Group has opened a Dublin office led by a former special adviser to the last two British Ambassadors to Ireland.

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

Some are going to observe a clash of cultures. Others to get a jump on the trends that will define the year. Despite the rise of populism, agency CEOs are not crossing the World Economic Forum off their to-do lists.

In brief: Crowdstrike swaps Lewis for Marlin, Hills Balfour expands Brand USA work, creative hire at JOE

Crowdstrike swaps Lewis for Marlin, Hills Balfour expands Brand USA work, creative hire at JOE and more from PRWeek UK.

Yes, you can (campaign): agency bids to end 'chilling effect' on charity campaigning

Yes, you can (campaign): agency bids to end 'chilling effect' on charity campaigning

Charities are being urged not to allow the 2014 Lobbying Act to unnecessarily inhibit their campaigning activities, in a free guide published today by specialist agency Campaign Collective.

In brief: Airbus reappoints Hanover, vaporiser firm hires Kinc, caterer gets up to Speed

Airbus reappoints Hanover, Vaporiser firm hires Kinc, caterer gets up to Speed, Talkerwalker receives investment and more from PRWeek UK.

Portland pips H+K to retain Heathrow brief on monthly retainer 'in excess of £20,000'

Portland pips H+K to retain Heathrow brief on monthly retainer 'in excess of £20,000'

Portland will continue as Heathrow's comms and public affairs agency after being reappointed in a pitch process that saw it come up against Hill+Knowlton Strategies in the final round.

Opinion and features

The Taylor Review says it's game over for unpaid internships, but is it?

The Taylor Review says it's game over for unpaid internships, but is it?

Interns' rights hinge on two essential premises: that there are clear legal, moral, and business justifications for paying people gaining experience, and that the distinction between output and outcomes from 'interns' and 'everyone else' is wholly artificial.

Post-Brexit, European comms agencies are coming to steal your lunch

Post-Brexit, European comms agencies are coming to steal your lunch

While Trump and Brexiters raise barriers and walls, independent comms agencies in Europe are tearing them down.

What does the UK need to adopt from Australia's PR industry? Standout spokespeople

What does the UK need to adopt from Australia's PR industry? Standout spokespeople

Call me controversial, but I count a solid spokesperson as 80 (if not 90) per cent of the battle to get good media coverage - wherever you are in the world, whatever your story.

The PR industry needs to fix the causes of the gender pay gap earlier in women's careers

The PR industry needs to fix the causes of the gender pay gap earlier in women's careers

We're (for the most part) very conscious now of the "motherhood penalty" women pay in our industry due to maternity leave and that this is a key cause of the gender pay gap.

Are you Brexit-ready? This is no time for complacency in comms planning

Are you Brexit-ready? This is no time for complacency in comms planning

The recent Cabinet reshuffle points to the next 18 months emerging as a period of relative stability when it comes to business policy.

Bitcoin is yesterday's news - agencies need to wise up to cryptocurrencies and ICO PR

Bitcoin is yesterday's news - agencies need to wise up to cryptocurrencies and ICO PR

As Bitcoin jumped to record highs in December, increasing 1,300 per cent from its price a year ago, PR firms were fighting to claim they were the first to take cryptocurrency as payment, as reported by Flack.

We need a different 'PR' to help find the holy grail of genuine engagement

We need a different 'PR' to help find the holy grail of genuine engagement

Setting aside the few bad apples hurting the perception of the multi-billion-pound PR industry with their unscrupulous behaviour and scandals, there are in fact bigger challenges for us to overcome.

If Brexit is to be reversed in a second referendum, Remainers must stop communicating like amateurs

If Brexit is to be reversed in a second referendum, Remainers must stop communicating like amateurs

Regardless of the pros and cons of Brexit, the 2016 EU referendum campaign should be remembered for some elementary communications mistakes by Remain, which allowed Leave, despite being a clear under-dog, to sneak through and win.

Millennials: Generation snowflake or agents of change?

Millennials: Generation snowflake or agents of change?

"Entitled", "narcissistic" and "lazy" - millennials get a bad rap, but if we don't do something to keep this talent in our business, another industry will.

Prepare for Brexit, a changing of the guard and the rise of the left

Prepare for Brexit, a changing of the guard and the rise of the left

Brexit is affecting the whole industry, but nowhere is its impact more keenly felt than in public affairs, where the scene is set for more political uncertainty.

Three ways to make your meetings more inclusive for the deaf

Three ways to make your meetings more inclusive for the deaf

It was the all-agency meeting on a Monday morning that finally made me snap.

'We agreed on the principle of specialism' - Bell Pottinger's loss is Pagefield's gain

'We agreed on the principle of specialism' - Bell Pottinger's loss is Pagefield's gain

Fast-growing Pagefield joined forces with former members of Bell Pottinger's litigation and crisis agency recently, creating a sister operation - Pagefield Global Counsel. PRWeek talks to the two business heads.

GDPR, #askEddie and the Arsenal fixture list: PRWeek's best-read opinion columns of 2017

GDPR, #askEddie and the Arsenal fixture list: PRWeek's best-read opinion columns of 2017

PR and comms professionals are an opinionated bunch - and long may that continue. Here are some of the comment pieces that resonated most with our readers in 2017.

Interns are people too - so why can't a 'people business' like PR recognise that?

Interns are people too - so why can't a 'people business' like PR recognise that?

In the PR world we often use the phrase "we're a people business", yet, in parallel, we hear about PR companies exploiting young people with unpaid work experience and internships designed to "open doors" to a career in communications.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

FT hires CNBC's Finola McDonnell as chief comms and marketing officer

FT hires CNBC's Finola McDonnell as chief comms and marketing officer

The Financial Times has hired Finola McDonnell, currently VP of communications and marketing at CNBC, as its new chief communications and marketing officer.

Brunswick names new CEO as Gilchrist moves role amid senior team shakeup

Brunswick names new CEO as Gilchrist moves role amid senior team shakeup

Brunswick has promoted senior counselor Neal Wolin (pictured) to group CEO, with current chief executive Susan Gilchrist given a new role amid a shakeup of the agency's senior team.

MHP hires Porter Novelli's Ruby Quince as creative director

MHP hires Porter Novelli's Ruby Quince as creative director

MHP has appointed Ruby Quince from Porter Novelli as its new creative director.

Google EMEA comms lead Peter Barron to leave next month

Google EMEA comms lead Peter Barron to leave next month

Peter Barron, head of comms and public affairs EMEA at Google, is stepping down after nearly a decade at the tech giant.

In brief: Havas buys German firm, MHP wins Benchmark, new betting firm hires Williams

In brief: Havas buys German firm, MHP wins Benchmark, new betting firm hires Williams

Havas buys Germany's DAA, MHP wins Benchmark financial brief, new betting company hires Williams and more from PRWeek UK.

Burson-Marsteller corporate, financial leader Alan Sexton exits for Prudential

Burson-Marsteller corporate, financial leader Alan Sexton exits for Prudential

Before joining Prudential Financial, Sexton also served as New York market leader at the WPP agency.