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News and news analysis

Controversial ex-Government comms chief joins anti-extremism campaign

Controversial ex-Government comms chief joins anti-extremism campaign

Former journalist and government comms chief Kirsty Buchanan has joined anti-extremism organisation Mainstream as its campaign director.

Watch: Parody rap highlights business inequality in developing world

Watch: Parody rap highlights business inequality in developing world

A parody rap video has been created emphasising the inequality of opportunity that exists for business people in the developing world.

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) has appointed charity public affairs specialist Jagtar Dhanda as its policy advocacy and government affairs manager.

Exclusive: Courts comms chief announces departure to education charity

Exclusive: Courts comms chief announces departure to education charity

Ed Owen, director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), will leave his job at the end of July to take up a new role as director of external affairs at Ark, an education charity.

Don’t talk to us about Black Lives Matter, UK public tells brands – but you can mention coronavirus

Don’t talk to us about Black Lives Matter, UK public tells brands – but you can mention coronavirus

About half the public thinks brands should not speak out on the Black Lives Matter protests convulsing the US, but a similar percentage thinks it is right for them to comment on COVID-19, according to an exclusive survey for PRWeek.

Survey: two-thirds of Tory comms pros believe mainstream media is biased

Survey: two-thirds of Tory comms pros believe mainstream media is biased

A survey by Conservatives in Communications (CiC) has found that two-thirds of its members do not feel the mainstream media provides balanced or unbiased reporting.

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Liquid has been reappointed to raise the profile of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games (BTG) and awareness of organ donation for a further three years.

William and Kate front 'Mental health minute' roadblock across all UK radio stations

William and Kate front 'Mental health minute' roadblock across all UK radio stations

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by Harry Kane, Dua Lipa, David Tennant and Anthony Joshua.

HCA launches volunteering portal for healthcare comms professionals

HCA launches volunteering portal for healthcare comms professionals

The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) has launched a website to enable members to volunteer their services to the NHS and health charities.

Case study: National Trust campaign reclaims meaning of 'web, tweet and stream'

Case study: National Trust campaign reclaims meaning of 'web, tweet and stream'

The testimonies of young children helped boost a bid to connect a new generation with nature, in a campaign by Engine Mischief for the National Trust.

Sport England launches campaign to keep Brits active during lockdown

Sport England launches campaign to keep Brits active during lockdown

The campaign by the public body aims to inspire the nation to stay active at home during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

'Nudge unit' hires defence intelligence specialist as MD

'Nudge unit' hires defence intelligence specialist as MD

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has appointed intelligence expert Rachel Coyle as managing director, EMEA.

‘Be honest about how bad it might get’: Alastair Campbell’s 20 crisis comms tips for the PM

‘Be honest about how bad it might get’: Alastair Campbell’s 20 crisis comms tips for the PM

Former No. 10 comms director Alastair Campbell has told Boris Johnson to resist the use of “smart-arse language” and express genuine sadness and regret at deaths in the UK from the coronavirus during his press conferences, as part of 20 crisis comms suggestions for the Prime Minister during the pandemic.

Opinion and features

Having a diverse workforce isn’t just about hiring BME people, it’s about keeping them

Having a diverse workforce isn’t just about hiring BME people, it’s about keeping them

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.

Industry employers: overlook itchy feet at your peril

Industry employers: overlook itchy feet at your peril

Even though companies are now looking at getting back into the office post-lockdown, the road to normality feels like a long one.

TikTok is an authentic earned content space for brands – but for how long?

TikTok is an authentic earned content space for brands – but for how long?

New social media channels are constantly entering our ever-evolving media landscape.

‘Build back better’ is a neat phrase; it would look good on a baseball cap

‘Build back better’ is a neat phrase; it would look good on a baseball cap

The PR industry has always been a sucker for a good imperative. 'Just Do It', 'Make Poverty History', 'Think Different' to name just a few.

To open the doors to staff or not: that is the question for agencies

To open the doors to staff or not: that is the question for agencies

For nearly four months, the PR industry has been working from home pretty successfully. That has no doubt made a lot of businesses think about whether they should ever open their doors again.

Necessity is the mother of invention for cultural comms during COVID-19

Necessity is the mother of invention for cultural comms during COVID-19

When coronavirus closed in on us, personal and professional health and safety took priority.

It’s time the industry stopped telling us we’re ‘not the right fit’

It’s time the industry stopped telling us we’re ‘not the right fit’

A big part of the racism issue in the PR industry is the fixation on ‘fit’.

Black Lives Matter and the diversity of British PR: A collective call to action

Black Lives Matter and the diversity of British PR: A collective call to action

The Black Lives Matter protests, which began in the US following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis Police before spreading around the world, have sparked conversations about racism in every sector and strata of society, including PR.

Effective internal comms during COVID-19 could be the difference between success or failure

Effective internal comms during COVID-19 could be the difference between success or failure

At the beginning of March, when I touched down at Heathrow after an incredible holiday in New Zealand, my role was evenly split between external and internal comms.

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.

Recent people moves

Courts & Tribunals service names new comms chief

Courts & Tribunals service names new comms chief

Georgia Jerram will replace Ed Owen as director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Services (HMCTS) when he leaves in July, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: W Communications, FTI Consulting, Mixology, Ark, Camron, Wadds Inc and more

Movers & Shakers: W Communications, FTI Consulting, Mixology, Ark, Camron, Wadds Inc and more

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

Signal AI hires former UN comms strategist

Signal AI hires former UN comms strategist

Technology firm Signal AI has appointed ex-UN IPCC communications strategist and Al Jazeera launch team executive Georgie Weedon as its head of communications, PRWeek can reveal.

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Google, Jaguar Land Rover, MHP, BCW and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Google, Jaguar Land Rover, MHP, BCW and more

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

Movers & Shakers: Become, H+K, W Communications, Lotus, Bubble, Liquid and more

Movers & Shakers: Become, H+K, W Communications, Lotus, Bubble, Liquid and more

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

Become hires Sport England external affairs duo behind This Girl Can

Become hires Sport England external affairs duo behind This Girl Can

Lisa Watch and Rhiannon Clapperton will share the role of director of policy, campaigns and communications as the charity looks to scale its campaigning capacity.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy, Freuds, Grayling, Newgate, Pretty Green and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy, Freuds, Grayling, Newgate, Pretty Green and more

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

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.