Industry distances itself from Cambridge Analytica behaviour as MPs call for 'strategic comms' regulation
The public affairs industry has distanced itself from bad actors involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and warned that removing the self-regulation of law abiding lobby firms would be counterproductive, following a parliamentary inquiry's recommendation that independent regulation is required.
PR pros and industry leaders believe The Independent Group has a major comms challenge on its hands if it wants to avoid being a Brexit flash-in-the-pan.
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee recommends 'hefty fines' if illegal content is found on Facebook or Google.
Brunswick Group has strengthened its regulatory, competition and foreign investment practices with the appointment of John Davies, who joins as a senior advisor based in London and Brussels.
INHouse Communications has hired Theresa May's former director of strategy and chief speechwriter Chris Wilkins alongside former Jeremy Corbyn advisor Paul Ovenden.
Global crowdfunding platform GoFundMe has appointed international communications agency 89up as its retained UK PR agency.
Lynton Crosby's lobbying firm pitched £5.5m campaign to pressure FIFA to 'terminate' Qatar World Cup
Conservative strategist Lynton Crosby (pictured) pitched a £5.5m lobbying campaign to pressure FIFA into cancelling the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to a report in The Guardian.
The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has appointed former AMEC chief executive Barry Leggetter as its first international president, in an effort to build the body's global standing and reach.
The Public Affairs Board (PAB) has published a new, unified Public Affairs Code for the industry, following an industry-wide consultation.
The UK's largest comms agencies have grown profit margins for a fourth consecutive year and many have increased the amount of revenue they make per employee, according to Kingston Smith's annual survey of the top 40 PR consultancies.
The move is part of WWP's restructuring plans.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has appointed Scott Dodsworth to head up its public affairs team in the UK with a specific focus initially on the energy, industrials and defence sectors.
London's Paternoster Square is the latest location for a street poster of a missing moggy, but this time it's to raise awareness of a dramatically declining global lion population.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged corporate leaders to take a stand on issues that align with their social purpose and warned social media giants to "take the initiative" on regulation.
The world's largest crowdfunding platform GoFundMe has appointed Helen Dagley as head of PR and partnerships.
Corporate affairs consultancy Nudge Factory has strengthened its leadership team by hiring the former CIPR president, as well as a Conservative Party candidate, to head two practices.
The Conservative Party has appointed Caroline Preston, David Cameron's former head of broadcasting, as its new director of comms.
It's hard to believe that there's still taboo around mental health in the workplace, and it's even harder to believe that only a handful of companies have realised that unhappy, tired and under-appreciated staff aren't going to make you any money.
So it's happened. The digital content 'bubble' has burst. From layoffs at Buzzfeed, Vice and HuffPost to The Pool going into administration, it turns out, startlingly, that there likely isn't a sustainable business model for giving away news for free online.
Throughout 2018 plastic waste embedded itself deeply in the public consciousness, thanks to efforts of environmental campaigners and programmes such as the BBC's Blue Planet II.
It is regularly said that we live in an era when businesses are more closely scrutinised than ever.
It's been a year since I've left my little munchkins at home and returned to work after 10 months of maternity - how time flies.
Steve Barrett reports from the small ski resort in Switzerland that becomes the focal point of global politicians, businesspeople, and nonprofits for one week in January every year.
From the editor-in-chief: Polarising Gillette campaign a slightly clumsy leap in the right direction
We are only half way through January and 2019 has already given us a significant global corporate campaign to discuss.
Politicos dish on whether or not Trump hit a wall with his address on Tuesday night.
For Trump, it's all about making the biggest, most audacious media splash in order to dominate the narrative or deflect the negative.
Most political predictions made at the start of 2018 will have been proved horribly wrong. It's an even greater risk to make them for 2019.
Maternity leave. Paternity leave. Parental leave. They're all the same, right?
The relationship between PR and research has always been controversial.
In the wake of soul-searching by leading agencies on the nature of public relations, Robert Phillips writes for PRWeek exactly six years since he quit as boss of Edelman, proclaiming 'PR is Dead'.
In an age where the pen is mightier than the lord, killing a man of faith is condemnable, but to kill a man of free speech... sacrilege.
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Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has appointed Annemieke Nol as strategy director at H+K Netherlands.
ASDA'A BCW has announced a number of new hires at the helm of its Middle Eastern operations as it eyes up its regional expansion, with a strong focus on the Saudi Arabia market.
Financial and corporate comms agency Tulchan has appointed former Conservative Party chairman Andrew Feldman as its managing partner.
Tesco's group communications director, Jane Lawrie, is stepping down at the end of this month to be replaced directly by Christine Heffernan, the retailer's corporate affairs chief in Ireland for the past five years, PRWeek can reveal.
WA Health has hired a new associate director and announced its win of the government affairs brief for Bayer's cardiovascular treatment.
Ben Gascoigne, a former adviser to Boris Johnson as both Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London, is joining Grayling UK as a director in its public affairs team.