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UK's Gatwick Airport calls on former Tony Blair spokesman Godric Smith

UK's Gatwick Airport calls on former Tony Blair spokesman Godric Smith

Gatwick Airport has retained the agency of former Tony Blair spokesman and Olympic delivery communications chief Godric Smith to help it in the political battle for a second runway.

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: The NYPD's Twitter campaign goes awry

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: The NYPD's Twitter campaign goes awry

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Novartis to set up 'integration office' following GSK deal

Novartis to set up 'integration office' following GSK deal

SWITZERLAND: Novartis will set up an "integration office" to aid in the process of its multi-billion dollar asset exchange with GlaxoSmithKline.

Zhao: 'We want BlueFocus to be a global player'

Zhao: 'We want BlueFocus to be a global player'

He is the poster child of China's communication's industry. Oscar Zhao, 44, is leading the charge at BlueFocus, a group growing so fast it defies belief.

Colorado Tourism brings PR in-house

Colorado Tourism brings PR in-house

The Colorado Tourism Office has brought its PR and social media functions in-house, deciding not to renew its contract with agency MMGY Global.

Interpublic PR group Q1 revenue up double digits

Interpublic PR group Q1 revenue up double digits

Interpublic Group's PR agency unit saw double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014, according to Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky.

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.2% in first quarter

Omnicom PR revenue up 1.2% in first quarter

Omnicom Group reported Tuesday morning that its PR agencies achieved 1.2% organic revenue growth in the first quarter compared with Q1 2013.

Interpublic CMG revenue climbs 5.7% in Q1

Interpublic CMG revenue climbs 5.7% in Q1

Interpublic Group, the parent company of Weber Shandwick, GolinHarris, and DeVries, reported 5.7% organic revenue growth for its Constituency Management Group, which houses its PR agencies.

Chili's parent company appoints PR director

Chili's parent company appoints PR director

The owner of Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy has a new PR and corporate communications senior director.

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing: The first take on Omnicom, Interpublic Q1 results

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing: The first take on Omnicom, Interpublic Q1 results

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British Airways retains Grayling for Europe and Asia-Pacific

British Airways retains Grayling for Europe and Asia-Pacific

British Airways has renewed its contract with Grayling in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

M&C Saatchi LA picks up UGG social media account

M&C Saatchi LA picks up UGG social media account

Footwear brand UGG Australia has expanded its relationship with M&C Saatchi Los Angeles, awarding the firm its global social media business.

Amnesty International burns candles in digital effort to illuminate hope

Amnesty International burns candles in digital effort to illuminate hope

In one candle, a man kneels, his head bowed, and his hands pulled behind his back in chains. In another, a man presents a young girl for a life of prostitution.

Bitly brings on Shift as first AOR

URL-shortening service Bitly has selected Shift Communications as its first PR agency partner following a competitive review.

Monday's Breakfast Briefing: General Mills flip-flops on new policy after backlash

Monday's Breakfast Briefing: General Mills flip-flops on new policy after backlash

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Virginia Tourism Authority seeks full-service agency

Virginia Tourism Authority seeks full-service agency

RICHMOND: The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation, released an RFP for a full-service marketing agency to provide integrated marketing and advertising services.

Three PR firms assist Alibaba with IPO comms

Three PR firms assist Alibaba with IPO comms

Sard Verbinnen & Co., Brunswick Group, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies are supporting Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba on communications as it prepares to file a prospectus as early as Monday for its highly anticipated IPO.

PR Newswire releases guide on Asian media

PR Newswire releases guide on Asian media

News and information distribution service PR Newswire has published a guide to give subscribers a bite-sized overview of the Asian media landscape.

Former Social@Ogilvy EVP Gemma Craven joins Spredfast

Former Social@Ogilvy EVP Gemma Craven joins Spredfast

Gemma Craven, who previously served as EVP and New York group director of Social@Ogilvy, has joined social marketing company Spredfast as executive director of strategic markets.

David Axelrod to work for UK Labour Party in next general election

David Axelrod to work for UK Labour Party in next general election

The man who helped President Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 elections will work for the UK's Labour Party along with members of his team.

Analysis

Boston balances safety, celebratory Marathon messages

Boston balances safety, celebratory Marathon messages

Boston Marathon organizers and local authorities have a tough task balancing security messages and maintaining the fun, triumphal spirit of the race. They are hitting their pace so far, say comms experts.

Consolidation trending as vendors strive to keep up with changing industry

Consolidation trending as vendors strive to keep up with changing industry

Cision and Vocus are two of the biggest providers of PR management and monitoring tools, and observers say both could soon be combined by GTCR Valor Merger Sub.

Reddit AMAs: A minefield worth crossing

Reddit AMAs: A minefield worth crossing

Communications pros tell PRWeek about their experiences helping clients through Reddit's Ask Me Anything sessions, which are full of potential pitfalls and opportunities.

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

The pro-life versus pro-choice debate is reigniting as the 2014 midterm elections near.

Anonymous gossip apps a headache for brands? Not yet

Anonymous gossip apps a headache for brands? Not yet

The pack of scuttlebutt-sharing apps such as Whisper and Secret are not keeping communicators up at night - but that could change.

Who is winning the Marketing Cloud wars?

Who is winning the Marketing Cloud wars?

PRWeek sister brand The Hub takes an in-depth look at five tech giants and their race towards the first truly integrated digital marketing hub.

Inside Malaysia Airlines' crisis response to the plane disappearance

Inside Malaysia Airlines' crisis response to the plane disappearance

The MH370 disappearance has given Malaysia Airlines' communication operation an unprecedented challenge, but poor handling and misinformation have created a credibility gap, say PR pros.

Deeds outweigh words in product recalls

Deeds outweigh words in product recalls

Consumers expect recalls. But they won't be forgiving if a company does not handle them honestly, especially in the age of social media hyper-transparency.

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