The Government’s top scientific advisers delivered a sobering assessment of the likely rise in coronavirus cases during a televised Downing Street briefing yesterday.
Education specialist John Cope has left his deputy director job at consultancy Public First to take up the role of director of strategy, policy and public affairs by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
A media outlet has engaged a legal firm after it was effectively blacklisted by the Ministry of Defence – a move that prompted a ‘media freedom alert’ from the Council of Europe.
The Government has stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the lead-up to winter with the launch of a public information campaign urging people to continue to wash their hands, wear a mask and practice social distancing.
The award of lucrative government contracts to public affairs and political comms agencies with links to Dominic Cummings and senior Conservatives without a competitive tender process since the pandemic arrived in the UK is not an isolated occurrence.
Hanbury Strategy has defended its being awarded lucrative government contracts through the use of emergency provisions that enable public sector institutions to appoint suppliers without a competitive tender process.
A consumer healthcare report that has identified five audiences to emerge since COVID-19 arrived in the UK shows how hygiene, mental wellness and self-care have risen sharply up the agenda.
Tin Man Communications has won the delivery of a Government-backed anti-piracy campaign on behalf of the creative industries, following a competitive four-stage pitch.
Former Clarion and 3 Monkeys head of news Howard Bowden has been picked to lead comms for a cross-party group of MPs holding a rapid inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic.
The campaign will aim to illustrate the importance of collecting data and statistics for the census to improve lives.
Downing Street has begun the search for a £100,000-a-year political press spokesman to “communicate with the nation on behalf of the Prime Minister” in televised briefings from the autumn, with several industry names under consideration.
Former journalist and government comms chief Kirsty Buchanan has joined anti-extremism organisation Mainstream as its campaign director.
Public Health England (PHE) has unveiled an integrated behaviour-change campaign, under the brand Better Health, to increase public resilience to COVID-19 and other diseases. It will begin by attempting to tackle endemic obesity in the UK.
Government comms professional Harry Wingfield has been appointed press secretary to the housing minister, Chris Pincher, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), PRWeek has learned.
At the start of lockdown, people dared to dream: could national trauma encourage us to put aside our petty differences and unite us against COVID-19?
Given extensive media criticism, and the recent sackings and resignations of permanent secretaries and other senior officials, can the Civil Service brand evolve into a modern ‘Public Administration and Innovation Service’?
Following the exam results fiasco, anyone looking for a defence of the humble algorithm has been met by a deafening silence.
In an uncertain world, where COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on just how interconnected we are, there are reasons for PR pros to take notice of the battle for the White House between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger – and former VP – Joe Biden.
Awkward confession: I don’t have a degree.
Himself no angel, being happy to promote cigarettes to women as feminist “torches of freedom”, the self-styled “father of public relations”, Edward Bernays, was appalled that Joseph Goebbels was using his book, Crystallizing Public Opinion, to convince the German public that the removal of Jews was necessary for harmonious society. Since then, the ethics of public relations has been taken seriously.
The signs leading up to A-Level results day weren’t looking good.
As a communications professional in the public sector, it’s not unusual for me to be asked to take a problem, find a solution, plan a campaign and make sure it’s successful with zero pounds to spare.
PRWeek continues its ongoing partnership with strategic insights consultancy BritainThinks to gauge the public mood on COVID-19.
Recently, I saw a video of former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, reflecting on the racism faced by his parents in the UK, in which he breaks down in tears.
What are the three most important things we know about election campaigns? First and foremost, they don’t change anyone’s mind.
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Weber Shandwick has promoted Ed Taylor to managing director of its corporate affairs practice after Anthony Marlowe joined insurance firm Rothesay Life as its head of comms and public affairs, PRWeek has learned.
Oliver Waghorn has been promoted to the role of head of government relations at the multinational defence, security and aerospace company. He will succeed John Brosnan.
Public Health England’s (PHE) long-serving marketing chief, Sheila Mitchell, is leaving her role in September after more than a decade leading the Government's public health marketing.
PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions. This column for the week commencing 6 July.
Georgia Jerram will replace Ed Owen as director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Services (HMCTS) when he leaves in July, PRWeek has learned.
Cicero/AMO has hired Sonia Khan, who was a special adviser to two recent Conservative Chancellors, as a director working across its public affairs and corporate comms teams.
Downing Street special advisor Nick Vaughan has joined MHP’s 20-strong public affairs team as an associate director, PRWeek can reveal.