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'Commonwealth has PR problem, but we're not some colonial hangover', says oceans adviser

'Commonwealth has PR problem, but we're not some colonial hangover', says oceans adviser

The adviser on Ocean Governance for the Commonwealth Secretariat in London made an impassioned pitch for PR support at the PRCA International Conference on Tuesday (11 June).

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

Respondents to a survey on sexual harassment in the PR and comms industry report abuse by agency chiefs, senior staff and clients; with incidents taking place on work trips and at awards ceremonies, while those on the receiving end criticise those in charge for covering it up.

Health experts criticise tobacco-industry-funded foundation over PR spend

Health experts criticise tobacco-industry-funded foundation over PR spend

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, funded by Philip Morris International (PMI), is under fire by experts for spending significantly more on communications than research.

The importance of PR at wartime: 'Maximum meaning, minimum means'

The importance of PR at wartime: 'Maximum meaning, minimum means'

As world leaders and veterans gather today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, PRWeek looks back at the work of Abram Games, a poster artist for the War Office Public Relations Directorate.

Liverpool Champions League triumph gives 'incalculable' PR boost to city, says council

Liverpool Champions League triumph gives 'incalculable' PR boost to city, says council

The football club's Champions League win in Madrid at the weekend and resultant victory parade back in Liverpool meant exposure for the city worth 'millions'.

Warwick University's head of press accused of putting victim 'on trial' during rape-chat scandal

Warwick University's head of press accused of putting victim 'on trial' during rape-chat scandal

In a BBC documentary, Peter Dunn, director of press and media relations at the University of Warwick, is alleged to have added to the distress of female students who complained about rape threats by subjecting them to an "accusatory" and intimidating interrogation.

Water safety campaign saves lives

Water safety campaign saves lives

The traumatic experiences of people who almost drowned are being used in a bid by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to help others avoid suffering the same experience, in a campaign that has prevented 11 people from drowning.

Council's 'courageous' decision on Panorama documentary puts adult social care on the political agenda

Council's 'courageous' decision on Panorama documentary puts adult social care on the political agenda

Somerset County Council's decision to open its doors to the BBC's flagship current affairs programme was a "leap of faith" that has paid off, according to Mark Ford, the council's comms manager.

LAS appoints comms chief with mission to empower staff and build partnerships

LAS appoints comms chief with mission to empower staff and build partnerships

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has appointed Antony Tiernan, one of the architects of the successful NHS 70th birthday celebrations, as its director of comms and engagement.

Case study: Government campaign to promote Jordan reached 10 million and generated leads

Case study: Government campaign to promote Jordan reached 10 million and generated leads

In a new 'beyond aid' approach to campaigns, the Department for International Development (DfID) embedded comms into policy to support a major international conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Exclusive: Police force picks new comms chief from ranks of veterans' charity

Exclusive: Police force picks new comms chief from ranks of veterans' charity

Essex Police has appointed former veterans' charity comms chief Robin Punt as its director of comms.

Case study: Local authority makes a media splash after reducing childhood obesity

Case study: Local authority makes a media splash after reducing childhood obesity

Leeds became headline news at the start of this month, with a series of headlines across print, online and broadcast media on the fact that the city had become the first in Britain to reduce its childhood obesity rate.

Senior government comms operative speaks out on bullying and nepotism

Senior government comms operative speaks out on bullying and nepotism

The nature of the small and specialised comms community makes it a potential breeding ground for the abuse of staff, according to a senior government communicator who claims to have suffered and witnessed unacceptable behaviour.

Local authority picks top agency consultant as new comms chief

Local authority picks top agency consultant as new comms chief

The London borough of Waltham Forest has appointed Alex Try as its director of communications and culture.

Opinion and features

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

A low point in my career was being warned before an evening event that a client I was hosting was "a bit handsy".

Trump doesn't want the NHS - he wants more access for US pharma

Trump doesn't want the NHS - he wants more access for US pharma

While visiting London last week, President Trump made a splash by seeming to suggest that the NHS was of interest to the US as part of a potential post-Brexit trade agreement.

Why we let Panorama film our council's social care work

Why we let Panorama film our council's social care work

Some people might think it would be reputational suicide for a council to agree to a request from BBC One's Panorama to make a documentary about its difficulties in providing social care.

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Spinnius Flack is the Grand Maester of King's Landing Coverage - Westeros' leading PR agency.

Time for the industry to act on climate change and learn from its best spokeswoman

Time for the industry to act on climate change and learn from its best spokeswoman

On a day when teenagers inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg go on strike from lessons to bring attention to the gravity of the issue, two commentators give their views on how the industry should change.

Public sector comms is sitting on a gold mine of talent, if only it would offer more flexible roles

Public sector comms is sitting on a gold mine of talent, if only it would offer more flexible roles

It's been some time since flexible working of some description has been available in Britain, but it's still not the norm.

The overarching issue with mental health in the industry is a lack of education

The overarching issue with mental health in the industry is a lack of education

On reflection, I probably had mental health issues during my childhood, but the first time I really became aware I was mentally ill was when I was 17.

It's time for the PR Industry to be protective 'AF' about its creative ideas

It's time for the PR Industry to be protective 'AF' about its creative ideas

Another year, another Brewdog Brouhaha. The latest is that they've launched Punk IPA as an 'alcohol free' beer, cheekily using the AF in an FCUK way.

Sir Craig Oliver: Business must understand the shift to populism and speak up

Sir Craig Oliver: Business must understand the shift to populism and speak up

Former 10 Downing Street communications director, Sir Craig Oliver, called on business and PR to 'be the architects of change' during his keynote address at the PR360 conference on Friday.

So, you want my job? Head of research communications, House of Commons Library

So, you want my job? Head of research communications, House of Commons Library

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Grace Rowley's job as head of research communications at the House of Commons Library?

PRWeek UK Top 150: Public Sector comms rankings 2019

PRWeek UK Top 150: Public Sector comms rankings 2019

Four Communications Group takes top spot while Liquid and Madano Partnership enjoy revenue boosts. Our public sector breakout table reveals all...

Recent public sector people moves

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

Unilever appoints The Hoxby Collective for digital content role, Scottish Land and Estates poaches head of comms, and more from PRWeek UK.

Mubadala comms chief: 'Region is placing right emphasis on corporate communications'

Mubadala comms chief: 'Region is placing right emphasis on corporate communications'

While the profession is becoming more respected, fake news is still a chink in the armour for Middle East communications expert, Brian Lott, the chief communications officer of Mubadala Investment Company.

Headland adds two partners, including Tulchan veteran

Headland adds two partners, including Tulchan veteran

Headland has appointed two new partners, Susanna Voyle and Toby Pellew, after a year of rapid growth.

Cameron's former national security adviser joins political comms consultancy

Cameron's former national security adviser joins political comms consultancy

Former national security adviser to David Cameron, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, has joined political communications consultancy Quatro as strategic counsel, advising its roster of international clients.

Exclusive: Government department chooses FCO stalwart as comms chief

Exclusive: Government department chooses FCO stalwart as comms chief

The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has appointed policy and diplomacy specialist Olivier Evans as its director of comms and engagement.

Council appoints comms chief with mission to rebuild trust following Grenfell

Council appoints comms chief with mission to rebuild trust following Grenfell

Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) has promoted Nick Thompson to become its head of comms, with a mission to rebuild public trust in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

NHS and local council combine to create new comms role

NHS and local council combine to create new comms role

In an unprecedented move, the council and NHS Trust on the Isle of Wight have come together to create a role to oversee comms and engagement for both bodies.