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Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

The furore over Dominic Cummings’ journey to Durham and his subsequent excursions during the height of the lockdown measures shows little sign of abating after revelations first emerged on Friday night.

Exclusive: Cicero/AMO hires Chancellors' former adviser

Exclusive: Cicero/AMO hires Chancellors' former adviser

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.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games announces marketing and creative framework

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games announces marketing and creative framework

Organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have agreed a marketing and creative services framework of agencies to support the event, including PR from agencies Grayling, sports specialists Pitch and Gung Ho.

How will the collapse of Number 10’s truce with the media affect its comms in the pandemic?

How will the collapse of Number 10’s truce with the media affect its comms in the pandemic?

The uneasy truce Downing Street director of comms Lee Cain called with the media as the pandemic took hold in the UK in March is already showing signs of falling apart, as the Number 10 comms machine begins to revert to its instincts and favour certain journalists over others. But is this practical for a Government trying to get its message across or a responsible attitude toward a country amid a crisis?

Exclusive: Roche Diagnostics hires public sector health comms veteran

Exclusive: Roche Diagnostics hires public sector health comms veteran

Roche Diagnostics has appointed public sector and charity health communications specialist Rachel Clinton as its external comms manager.

Behavioural science experts: ‘Government COVID-19 messaging must be clear and avoid a divisive tone’

Behavioural science experts: ‘Government COVID-19 messaging must be clear and avoid a divisive tone’

Government messaging on the coronavirus pandemic should be clear, positive and targeted, and avoid an authoritarian or divisive tone in order to help people stick to social distancing rules, behavioural experts have warned.

Exclusive: DfID appoints new comms chief as predecessor returns to journalism

Exclusive: DfID appoints new comms chief as predecessor returns to journalism

Judith Porter has been appointed director of communications at the Department for International Development (DfID), replacing Tim Singleton.

Edelman Trust Barometer: UK Government trust surges to record levels, but 'shadows loom'

Edelman Trust Barometer: UK Government trust surges to record levels, but 'shadows loom'

The Government's economic relief package has led trust levels to soar to 60 per cent, but the public is not impressed by its handling of testing and PPE supplies. Edelman warns that peaks in trust at times of global disasters are usually followed by a trough.

Chancellor picks top political journalist as comms chief

Chancellor picks top political journalist as comms chief

Former ITV News national editor Allegra Stratton has been appointed director of strategic communications to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak.

LGcomms chooses new chair as Jones steps down after four years in post

LGcomms chooses new chair as Jones steps down after four years in post

LGcomms, the membership body for comms professionals in local government, has named Alix Macfarlane as its new chair.

Former Met comms chief appointed to lead London’s COVID-19 Comms Group

Former Met comms chief appointed to lead London’s COVID-19 Comms Group

Former Metropolitan Police head of news Chris Webb has been appointed as the strategic comms lead for the London Local Resilience Forum’s (LRF) COVID-19 Communication Group, which comprises local councils and regional emergency services.

Exclusive: Government comms chief quits post amid bullying row

Exclusive: Government comms chief quits post amid bullying row

Kirsty Buchanan has left her job as director of comms at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) after less than a year amid allegations of bullying, PRWeek can reveal.

‘Head boy or class clown?’: PA pros compare the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s approach to crisis comms

‘Head boy or class clown?’: PA pros compare the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s approach to crisis comms

Before going into self-isolation late last week, Boris Johnson looked uncomfortable delivering anything other than good news during the daily press briefings, while Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been praised for a confident, empathetic style that seems to be cutting through.

Exclusive: End of an era as Greater Manchester Police comms chief departs to start agency

Exclusive: End of an era as Greater Manchester Police comms chief departs to start agency

Amanda Coleman, the long-serving director of corporate comms at Greater Manchester Police (GMP), has resigned from the force and is setting up her own comms agency specialising in crisis management, PRWeek can reveal.

Opinion and features

The Government’s failure to keep ‘on message’ could be a matter of life and death

The Government’s failure to keep ‘on message’ could be a matter of life and death

24 hours earlier, a shabby, sneering Cummings said he didn’t care what people thought.

From the editor-in-chief: 'We're going back to work, but how much have we changed?'

From the editor-in-chief: 'We're going back to work, but how much have we changed?'

Week 10 working from home, the warm spring mornings continue to bring cheer and I’ve been reading a lot about how we could all WFH forever, as Twitter suggested last week.

COVID-19 has given us a hybrid Parliament and a form of politics that forces us to adapt

COVID-19 has given us a hybrid Parliament and a form of politics that forces us to adapt

Just like Parliament itself, politics isn’t built for social distancing.

Why do some government and political slogans land while others fall flat?

Why do some government and political slogans land while others fall flat?

A good slogan inspires unity and action, while a poorly crafted one will land in a politician’s face like spit in the wind.

The PR industry’s greatest challenge could be to fight the coronavirus infodemic

The PR industry’s greatest challenge could be to fight the coronavirus infodemic

COVID-19 has brought sudden and extreme change to our lives.

The pandemic has brought the skills of journalists working in PR to the fore

The pandemic has brought the skills of journalists working in PR to the fore

It takes a white-hot news story to bring out the best in a journalist.

Why small agencies will thrive post-coronavirus

Why small agencies will thrive post-coronavirus

PRCA research recently talked about the state of the PR industry during the COVID-19 pandemic; despite almost half of agencies furloughing staff or making redundancies, there’s still optimism.

This could be a moment of change: two views on juggling parenting and work during the pandemic

This could be a moment of change: two views on juggling parenting and work during the pandemic

During the lockdown, parents working in the PR industry have been forced to add a new act to their panoply of circus skills. Forget plate-spinning; combining work with home-schooling is the new juggling act.

PRWeek UK Top 150: Media relations and content production are highest priority investment areas

PRWeek UK Top 150: Media relations and content production are highest priority investment areas

Digital content production and media relations are the two top-priority areas of investment for the industry, a survey of agency bosses for PRWeek’s Top 150 project – conducted before the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the UK – has found.

Boris Johnson’s statement: Should we stay or should we go now?

Boris Johnson’s statement: Should we stay or should we go now?

‘Should I stay or should I go?’ The last great song by The Clash could be the theme music to a nation rising to consider whether to go to work following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night.

PRWeek Top 150: Changes in public sector rankings as budgets contract and scrutiny increases

PRWeek Top 150: Changes in public sector rankings as budgets contract and scrutiny increases

Four Communications maintained its dominance for the second year running to keep the top spot, with clear blue water between the agency and its nearest rival in the sector.

Recent public sector people moves

Number 10 special advisor joins MHP

Number 10 special advisor joins MHP

Downing Street special advisor Nick Vaughan has joined MHP’s 20-strong public affairs team as an associate director, PRWeek can reveal.

Sajid Javid's former special adviser joins Grayling

Sajid Javid's former special adviser joins Grayling

Grayling has hired a former special adviser to the ex-Chancellor as an associate director in its public affairs and corporate affairs team.

Movers & Shakers: Coca-Cola, McKinsey & Company, Firstlight, AxiCom and more

Movers & Shakers: Coca-Cola, McKinsey & Company, Firstlight, AxiCom and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Labour, BCW, SEC Newgate, Eulogy, MSL and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Labour, BCW, SEC Newgate, Eulogy, MSL and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

BCW names new Brussels CEO

BCW names new Brussels CEO

Burson Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Andrew Cecil as chief executive of its Brussels office.

Lexington hires former Labour MP to strengthen Responsible Business practice

Lexington hires former Labour MP to strengthen Responsible Business practice

Lexington has appointed former Wakefield MP Mary Creagh to chair its growing Responsible Business practice.

Movers & Shakers: WPP, M&C Saatchi, Edelman, WE, Gandhi and more

Movers & Shakers: WPP, M&C Saatchi, Edelman, WE, Gandhi and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.