As new cases of COVID-19 in the UK passed 50,000 a day last week – the highest levels since January – with related deaths and hospitalisations also rising, pressure is building on the Government to take urgent steps or else be forced into taking even more stringent measures later this autumn.
The Metropolitan Police faces a major reputational crisis following last week’s sentencing of a serving officer, Wayne Couzens, for the murder of Sarah Everard, along with a landmark ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the ‘spy cops’ scandal.
Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has condemned anti-vaxxers as 'idiots' amid rising tensions over a wave of protests targeting schools.
Simon Baugh has issued a call to arms to comms staff on his first day as chief executive of the Government Communication Service (GCS).
The Conservative Party has appointed Alex Wild, the former research director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, as its director of comms, PRWeek has learned.
A major report released today by a joint committee of MPs has highlighted serious failings in the way the Government's comms evolved during the pandemic.
Robert Hall has been appointed as interim director of communications at the Home Office, stepping into the shoes of his former boss Simon Baugh, PRWeek has learned.
Communications agency PLMR has acquired Midlands-based Advent Communications as part of a seven-figure deal, it announced today.
The campaign by the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), which took over from Public Health England this month, is designed to empower adults to improve their mental wellbeing ahead of the winter months.
Official figures reveal the changes in government comms teams across all major departments and agencies – some of which have grown over the past year, against a continuing backdrop of plans to permanently reduce the comms headcount across Whitehall.
Andrew Pemberton has been named interim director of communications at HM Revenue & Customs, PRWeek has learned.
“Down in one, down in one,” the crowd bayed at the line of men and women desperately throwing back an assortment of brightly coloured shots, to applause and whistles.
Local journalism is not a sexy topic, but it is an important one nonetheless.
The two comms specialists portrayed in last week’s BBC docu-drama ‘The Trick’ have spoken exclusively to PRWeek to explain, in their own words, how they helped their client deal with the media and political fallout caused by the ‘Climategate’ scandal in 2009.
Should the future be decided by nations, or between them? Are international treaties a threat to sovereignty? Does elite moralising reflect elite behaviour? Who gets to decide our future – and do they have a right to?
The recent bout of panic-buying at the petrol pumps is a reminder of how important good communication is in a crisis.
As the Mail announces ‘Victory for Mail’ in its war against digital doctors and securing petrol continues to be hit and miss, it feels like we’re moving into a seismic shift of contradictions in our ‘progress’ as a nation.
It doesn’t seem so long ago I was working in busy public sector press offices churning out announcements.
Do you want to unlock stronger, harder, longer-lasting ideas that prove how powerful your brand purpose really is, but fear it was only developed halfway through 2020, while considering pivots into knitting kits and shunning your Aunt Aggie who panic-bought all the loo roll?
What a ride health communicators have had: revealing scientific breakthroughs, engaging on health and social care policy, landing public health guidance, managing rocketing levels of attention on our work and our people.
First it was non-essential shops, then restaurants, bars and sports stadiums, as nature began to heal and venues were able to reopen after the lifting of restrictions, but this autumn - to the excitement of political wonks - it will be the turn of party conferences, at least in part.
The increased psychological load of moving between working from home and a site-based location can lead to exhaustion
The fourth entry in our series following the journey of RNLI trainee press officer Roz Ashton, in her own words, as she continues her training and sets out in the role. Ashton has lived around the world, worked in advertising and sailed across the Atlantic.
As the industry accelerates into a post-pandemic, double-jabbed, with-COVID-19 future, I see a potent combination of two contradictory emotions.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve conducted surveys into the treatment of dyslexic professionals in the workplace and I’ve found that more and more of them are striking out on their own, due to unwelcoming and unsupportive working environments.
With PR agency retainers averaging £5,000-£7,000 a month in the UK, it’s not uncommon for clients to get next to no actual return on investment, so how much should PR cost?
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