Inside News of PR & Marketing Communications

Last Updated: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

FCC Moves to Kill 'Net Neutrality'

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Ajit PaiFederal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai today moved to kill 'Net Neutrality," which requires broadband service providers to provide all consumers equal access to the web.

Morgen-Walke Re-Launches as AdvisIRy Partners

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Lynn MorgenAdvisIRy Partners Group LLC has launched as a successor to investor relations agency Morgen-Walke Associates, which had been the biggest independent IR shop

Commentary

The Pinking of the Gray Lady

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelDespite being the world’s greatest newspaper, the New York Times has allowed its news judgment and its news columns to become hopelessly biased. (1 reader comment)

Hanover Gobbles Up BellPott/Middle East

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Archie BerensBritain's Hanover Group has acquired Bell Pottinger Middle East and its 14 staffers headed by managing director Archie Berens.

Getting PR Off the Desert Island

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Sabrina Horn

Sabrina HornGetting out of our comfort zones and becoming integrated within a broader, multi-dimensional mix of communications channels and media is vital for PR’s continued success in the tech landscape.

News of PR Firms

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Paul MarobellaHavas hammers out joint venture with TRIPTK... Millwright acquires Warner... Boardroom takes top honors in Fort Lauderdale.

Ketchum Catches Wolf

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Samantha WolfKetchum has snagged Samantha Wolf from Havas PR for the senior VP-corporate media strategy slot.

Expanding Bandwidth in Tech Communications

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

By Matthew Schwartz

Nov coverPushing product remains crucial, but tech clients are increasingly demanding their PR firms deliver more strategic communications.

Commentary

Bah Humbug to Macy’s Move to Require Reservations for Santa

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

grinchMacy’s flagship 34th Street store made plenty of local headlines this weekend with news of its decision to require parents to make reservations in order for their kids to get a picture with Santa Claus. The retailer may emerge as the new Grinch.

Legal Marketing Assn. Seeks to Raise PR Bar

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

LMAThe Legal Marketing Assn., which has more than 4,200 members and representatives in 90 percent of the biggest 200 law firms, is looking for a PR firm to help it become a more vocal advocate for the profession.

Commentary

NFL Resorts to Gimmicks to Save Ratings

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe National Football League, in a desperate attempt to energize ratings and reignite a spark with its fans, has turned its attention to one of its most troubled properties: Thursday Night Football. (2 reader comments)

Media Moves

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Time WarnerJustice Department plans to file suit over AT&T/Time Warner deal... New York Times suspends White House star reporter Glenn Thrush for allegedly putting his hand on thigh of woman at bar while both worked at Politico... Washington Post hires Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair... Wall Street Journal promotes Adam Horvath... Quartz snags New York Post's David Kaufman... New Yorker covers sexual harassment scandals on its cover.

Wi-Fi Foes Battle Industry-Backed U.S. Laws

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

MoveOn.orgGroups that oppose the spread of Wi-Fi and cellphone hardware are trying to stop bills before Congress that would block control of transmitters by cities. (1 reader comment)

Pay and Prestige for Women in PR Still Lags, Study Says

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Global Women in PRA new study reveals that while women represent two-thirds of the global PR industry, 78 percent of CEOs in the top 30 PR agencies worldwide are men and they also occupy 62 percent of seats at the PR boardroom table.

Ex-NY Senator D'Amato Reps Somalia

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Al D'AmatoFormer New York Republican Senator Al D'Amato is repping terror-torn Somalia in its outreach to Congress and the US Government.

CooperKatz Says 'PR' Best Describes the Industry

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Anne GreenCooperKatz is committed to the term “PR” as the best descriptor of what its practitioners do, saying that the meaning of the term is evolving. (3 reader comments)

Havas Posts Flat Q3 Performance

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Yannick BolloreHavas Group reported a 0.2 percent dip in Q3 growth to $620M largely due to a 10.9 percent decline in organic growth in the UK, where Unilever and Pernod Ricard trimmed outlays.

Media Moves

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

By Steve Barnes

SinclairSinclair gets an assist from the FCC... Koch Brothers offer financial support for Meredith's bid to buy Time Inc.... Tarbell.org takes aim at Big Pharma