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Comic Relief appoints new chief executive

Comic Relief appoints new chief executive

Samir Patel has spent the past eight years at the digital media and comms agency Blue State.

Uber thanks NHS workers with rides, meals and love letters

Uber thanks NHS workers with rides, meals and love letters

The campaign by Mother will project messages of thanks on to hospital buildings.

Nature has a closing down sale in Born Free Foundation’s Black Friday campaign

Nature has a closing down sale in Born Free Foundation’s Black Friday campaign

Campaign highlights rapid drop in wildlife populations.

Former Labour MEP takes charity public affairs role

Former Labour MEP takes charity public affairs role

Rory Palmer, former Labour Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands, has joined the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association as senior public affairs and campaigns manager.

Weber Shandwick launches bold charity campaign for breast cancer awareness

Weber Shandwick launches bold charity campaign for breast cancer awareness

A thought-provoking animation depicting the love-hate relationship women have with their breasts is at the heart of a campaign devised by Weber Shandwick's consumer marketing team for charity Breast Cancer Now.

John Lewis and Waitrose's joint Christmas campaign encourages nation to 'give a little love'

John Lewis and Waitrose's joint Christmas campaign encourages nation to 'give a little love'

The campaign is accompanied by a major charity drive and takes a different creative approach from previous years.

Childline reminds kids that nobody is normal, with help from Radiohead

Childline reminds kids that nobody is normal, with help from Radiohead

Stop-motion spot shows child who is hiding his true self.

British Science Association seeks agency for 2021 event

British Science Association seeks agency for 2021 event

The British Science Association is looking for an agency to help devise and deliver an integrated comms campaign for British Science Week – an account worth in excess of £30,000, PRWeek has learned.

UK slips down freedom of expression ranking for attempts to erode public service media

UK slips down freedom of expression ranking for attempts to erode public service media

Government comms is cited as a contributory factor in a decline in freedom of expression in the UK, with the country falling down the global ranking published by human rights charity Article 19.

Watch: Greenpeace 'Rang-tan' sequel spotlights deforestation from meat production

Watch: Greenpeace 'Rang-tan' sequel spotlights deforestation from meat production

Greenpeace has released a Paul McCartney-backed sequel to its high-profile 'Rang-tan' film, which uses a different animal to highlight the destruction of forests for meat production.

Female twist on 'Movember' wins early campaign coverage

Female twist on 'Movember' wins early campaign coverage

Abbey Clancy is among a host of personalities fronting this year's Movember campaign, which launched on Monday.

Sport, public sector and charity comms pros receive gongs in Queen's honours

Sport, public sector and charity comms pros receive gongs in Queen's honours

Jackie Brock-Doyle is among five comms professionals to have made it onto the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Teneo’s public affairs chief departs for social enterprise AI platform

Teneo’s public affairs chief departs for social enterprise AI platform

Teneo’s co-head of public affairs, Emma Haselhurst, has left the agency to join Logically – a social enterprise that tackles misinformation – as its global director of comms and public affairs.

Opinion and features

A strong campaign is like a great murder mystery – and we’re the detectives

A strong campaign is like a great murder mystery – and we’re the detectives

People are often surprised I also write novels. Well, OK, just one complete novel so far… but it makes perfect sense when you think about it.

In defence of journalists refusing to include external links in their stories

In defence of journalists refusing to include external links in their stories

As journalists, our goals sometimes overlap with yours, but the outcome we’re trying to achieve is fundamentally different – and that's where tensions can arise.

People ridiculed XR’s demands but climate comms experts can learn from COVID-19

People ridiculed XR’s demands but climate comms experts can learn from COVID-19

Professional communication is more consequential than it has ever been. From Brexit to vaccine roll-out, it’s not hyperbole to say that our future depends on well-executed PR campaigns.

Biggest health comms appointments and surprise departures of 2020

Biggest health comms appointments and surprise departures of 2020

PRWeek casts its eye over some of the most notable people moves in health comms over the past year, from senior appointments and promotions to high profile departures.

Can behaviour change campaigns overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy?

Can behaviour change campaigns overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy?

Without mass take-up of the COVID-19 vaccine, the world as we know it is in serious danger.

Top (and another Top) of the Week: Scotland's period pioneer and Meghan talks about miscarriage

Top (and another Top) of the Week: Scotland's period pioneer and Meghan talks about miscarriage

PRWeek shines a light on major brand, corporate, personal and campaign successes of the past week.

I’m not stupid, or lazy; I’m dyslexic, and we need more neurodiversity in PR

I’m not stupid, or lazy; I’m dyslexic, and we need more neurodiversity in PR

I’m the CEO and founder of Blurred. I’m also dyslexic and believe we need more neurodiversity in this industry.

The biggest lie in the industry: ‘Our people are our greatest strength’

The biggest lie in the industry: ‘Our people are our greatest strength’

This lie (sorry, line), or similar, is often found about five slides into an agency’s creds document – usually accompanied with a full-bleed image of smiling agency employees in wetsuits from that one summer surf trip in 2012.

Agencies: don’t make your pro bono work for charities a PR exercise

Agencies: don’t make your pro bono work for charities a PR exercise

Every PR agency should be investing time and money in CSR and pro bono initiatives.

Is that ‘on background’ or ‘on the record’? How to use these terms with journalists

Is that ‘on background’ or ‘on the record’? How to use these terms with journalists

Companies sometimes find themselves in a muddle over the use of ‘on background’ interviews, so what does it mean and when should it be used?

Recent people moves

Publicis Groupe UK hires diversity head from Stonewall

Publicis Groupe UK hires diversity head from Stonewall

Kate Williams will take up head of diversity and inclusion role in March.

Edelman hires Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall comms chief

Edelman hires Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall comms chief

Julian Payne, comms secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, is moving to Edelman in the new role of chair of corporate affairs, EMEA.

Movers & Shakers: M&C Saatchi, Ketchum, Man Bites Dog, Spider, The 10 Group and more

Movers & Shakers: M&C Saatchi, Ketchum, Man Bites Dog, Spider, The 10 Group and more

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

Public sector health and charity heavyweights boost Ovid Health’s ranks

Public sector health and charity heavyweights boost Ovid Health’s ranks

Healthcare comms agency Ovid Health has appointed Niall Dickson CBE, Professor David Salisbury and Athena Lamnisos as senior counsel, to boost its client offering.

Hoile returns to the fold in senior public affairs role at MHP Health

Hoile returns to the fold in senior public affairs role at MHP Health

Nick Hoile has been appointed as a senior director in Engine's MHP Health team, returning to the agency after a two-year stint at Langland, PRWeek can reveal.

Movers & Shakers: Omnicom, Four Communications, Marco, Taylor Bennett Foundation and more

Movers & Shakers: Omnicom, Four Communications, Marco, Taylor Bennett Foundation and more

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

Volunteer initiative Look After becomes full-service agency

Volunteer initiative Look After becomes full-service agency

The initiative set up by Nic Young to provide pro-bono support to charities during the COVID-19 crisis has evolved into a full-service creative agency with three founding managers, a high-profile chair, and a network of 350 freelancers, PRWeek can reveal.

Engine - MHP Health boosts senior team with hires from BCW, Incisive and ViiV

Engine - MHP Health boosts senior team with hires from BCW, Incisive and ViiV

Engine - MHP Health has appointed two associate directors and a digital director after reporting growth of more than 20 per cent and winning new pharma clients.