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Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller UK CEO Stephen Day has left the company as part of its merger with Cohn & Wolfe, PRWeek understands.

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Sagar Sharma will join the children's charity Barnardo's as director of policy and comms at the end of July, following nearly a decade and a half in Government comms.

MSL acquires French public affairs firm

MSL acquires French public affairs firm

MSL has acquired French public affairs firm Domaines Publics, and is integrating the business into its PR unit.

Mail takes aim at Roland Rudd for 'shadowy' anti-Brexit work (and Finsbury boss retweets it)

Mail takes aim at Roland Rudd for 'shadowy' anti-Brexit work (and Finsbury boss retweets it)

Senior Daily Mail journalist Andrew Pierce published a 1,500-word piece on Friday on Roland Rudd, focusing on the Finsbury founder's work for pro-EU group Open Britain.

Ineos and Burson-Marsteller part company amid fracking controversy

Ineos and Burson-Marsteller part company amid fracking controversy

Chemicals giant Ineos and Burson-Marsteller are understood to have parted company, as the former's fracking plans in the UK make the news.

Worldwide news consumption via Facebook falls for the first time

Worldwide news consumption via Facebook falls for the first time

Use of social media to consume news has fallen for the first time in key markets after years of continuous growth, according to a new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

FTI London public affairs MD moves to Bupa

FTI London public affairs MD moves to Bupa

Fiona Holroyde, FTI Consulting's public affairs MD in London, is leaving the agency to join Bupa as public affairs director.

Lush removes 'anti-police' posters for controversial #SpyCops campaign

Lush removes 'anti-police' posters for controversial #SpyCops campaign

Lush says it has "suspended" the window displays - described by some as anti-police - as part of its controversial Spy Cops campaign, citing "the safety of our staff".

Weber Shandwick veteran Jon McLeod to join Brunswick

Weber Shandwick veteran Jon McLeod to join Brunswick

Weber Shandwick veteran Jon McLeod is joining Brunswick as head of public affairs in the London office.

Vendors sue APCO Worldwide over cancelled event

Vendors sue APCO Worldwide over cancelled event

The event planners say they weren't paid for work on a cancelled DC event.

Burson-Marsteller worldwide president Kevin Bell retires following BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller worldwide president Kevin Bell retires following BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller's worldwide president Kevin Bell is retiring, the boss of the newly merged Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) told staff yesterday.

Showcase: David (with no sling) versus Goliath (on steroids) - the FOBTs campaign that beat the bookies

Showcase: David (with no sling) versus Goliath (on steroids) - the FOBTs campaign that beat the bookies

Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) might have risen to notoriety in recent years, but one key figure in a campaign to crack down on them admits he had never heard of them before being approached by a campaigner.

GDPR and direct marketing: an opportunity for PR and comms?

GDPR and direct marketing: an opportunity for PR and comms?

The impact of GDPR on the direct marketing industry could present a huge opportunity for the PR and comms industry to meet clients' needs in a brave new world.

In brief: H+K's Chowney hired by Condé Nast, Parsons takes PROI chair, B2L gets equine welfare job

In brief: H+K's Chowney hired by Condé Nast, Parsons takes PROI chair, B2L gets equine welfare job

H+K's Chowney hired by Condé Nast, Clare Parsons takes PROI chair, Brands2Life gets equine welfare job, and more from PRWeek UK.

Weber Shandwick UK head of corporate, financial and public affairs leaves after 21 years

Weber Shandwick UK head of corporate, financial and public affairs leaves after 21 years

Jon McLeod, the chair of Weber Shandwick's UK corporate, financial and public affairs practice, as well as of its Manchester office, is leaving the company after putting in place various new hires in the areas he oversees.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires George Tagg to lead new global government, public sector practice

Hill+Knowlton Strategies hires George Tagg to lead new global government, public sector practice

Tagg previously served as an adviser for the State and Defense departments.

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman UK hires senior duo to lead new purpose division

Edelman has created two brand and social purpose roles in its UK team, with the new practice represented on its executive committee.

Opinion and features

Cicero buys Westbourne to form 'UK's biggest independent public affairs shop'

Cicero buys Westbourne to form 'UK's biggest independent public affairs shop'

Cicero Group has bought fellow London agency Westbourne Communications, creating what they say is the UK's biggest independent public affairs consultancy.

Appointing 'Remainer' Geordie Greig as Dacre's successor is a gamble for Lord Rothermere

Appointing 'Remainer' Geordie Greig as Dacre's successor is a gamble for Lord Rothermere

The appointment of Geordie Greig as the new editor of the Daily Mail reveals Paul Dacre had limited control over the manner of his departure after more than a quarter of a century in charge.

Is there a future for specialist broadcast PR agencies?

Is there a future for specialist broadcast PR agencies?

PR is becoming increasingly integrated and channel agnostic, so why do so many agencies still outsource their broadcast media relations? Do broadcast PR specialists have a future?

Coming out of special measures is an opportunity to reshape the narrative around London Ambulance Service

Coming out of special measures is an opportunity to reshape the narrative around London Ambulance Service

I joined London Ambulance Service in April and realised very quickly that there was a really good opportunity to enhance our brand and help grow confidence in our organisation.

Trump's trade war is on message with his campaign promises - and there's worse to come

Trump's trade war is on message with his campaign promises - and there's worse to come

He came to my home town - Atlantic City, New Jersey - in the late 1970s looking for riches from the newly legalised gaming industry.

Is the Evening Standard selling positive coverage by the pound?

Is the Evening Standard selling positive coverage by the pound?

The allegation made by Open Democracy that the London Evening Standard is offering 'money can't buy' coverage in exchange for financial support of their campaigns breaks every rule in the link between business, journalism and politics: It changes the game.

Top of the Month: Ireland's Together for Yes shows campaigning needn't be divisive

Top of the Month: Ireland's Together for Yes shows campaigning needn't be divisive

With modern political discourse often characterised by disrespect, insult or aggression towards those with opposing views, Ireland's successful Together for Yes campaign for abortion rights was a breath of fresh air.

Mock media interviews help companies decide on which executives sparkle - and which fade

Mock media interviews help companies decide on which executives sparkle - and which fade

More than ever, senior executives succeed as a result of their ability to transmit ideas and use words with impact.

Compassionate, credible, united: how 'Yes' won the Irish abortion referendum

Compassionate, credible, united: how 'Yes' won the Irish abortion referendum

The pro-Repeal campaign won the referendum on Ireland's abortion ban because it maintained a unified front, focused on a caring and compassionate message - and avoided "bitter and divisive" rhetoric, a key comms figure has told PRWeek.

Offer access, not a coffee: how PR pros can avoid the 'great unread' inbox

Offer access, not a coffee: how PR pros can avoid the 'great unread' inbox

As PRs we should know our stuff, know our contacts, know how to reach them, and know what makes their jobs easier.

UKIP's 'Black Death' comment: PR gold?

UKIP's 'Black Death' comment: PR gold?

Though no longer employed by UKIP as their head of communications, I still provide consultancy to the party.

GDPR: Risks and opportunities for the industry of the biggest shake-up of personal data in a generation

GDPR: Risks and opportunities for the industry of the biggest shake-up of personal data in a generation

There is a week to go until the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation - a beefed-up version of existing data protection laws that aims to put people in charge of their personal data, but which could also have far-reaching implications for the PR and comms industry.

Sector specialism: Short-sighted or just commercially astute?

Sector specialism: Short-sighted or just commercially astute?

It's all too easy, when working agency-side or as a part of an in-house communications team, to forget the real drivers that compel a company to engage with PR.

Sector specialism in PR and comms is a short-sighted requirement

Sector specialism in PR and comms is a short-sighted requirement

More often than not, 'sector experience' is listed as a key requirement when a company is shortlisting agencies to handle its PR.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Unilever global comms and sustainability chief Sue Garrard to step down

Unilever global comms and sustainability chief Sue Garrard to step down

Sue Garrard, Unilever's global comms chief and one of the most influential and respected figures in corporate PR, will leave her role at the end of August, PRWeek has learned.

Allison+Partners hires Barbara Laidlaw as global reputation risk MD

Allison+Partners hires Barbara Laidlaw as global reputation risk MD

She previously worked at Burson-Marsteller.

In brief: Phipps extends lucrative 20-year wine brief, Estrella Damm toasts new agency, Boldt hires senior three

In brief: Phipps extends lucrative 20-year wine brief, Estrella Damm toasts new agency, Boldt hires senior three

Phipps extends lucrative 20-year wine brief, Estrella Damm toasts new agency, Boldt hires senior three and more from PRWeek UK.

StubHub brings on Kate Brinks to lead comms

StubHub brings on Kate Brinks to lead comms

She has replaced Glenn Lehrman in the role.

WE gives UK GM new global role, hires BCW's Allchurch to lead London

WE gives UK GM new global role, hires BCW's Allchurch to lead London

WE Communications' UK general manager Marcus Sorour is taking on a more global role at the agency, with his old job being taken by Ruth Allchurch, who was latterly, briefly, at Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

New easyJet CEO hires ABF, M&S and H+K veteran as group comms boss

New easyJet CEO hires ABF, M&S and H+K veteran as group comms boss

EasyJet, which announced encouraging half-year financial results today, has hired Flic Howard-Allen in the role of group communications officer to replace Paul Moore, who departs for ITV in June.