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Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Bankruptcy Trustee Objects to Sale of Bulldog Reporter Assets
By Greg Hazley
bulldogA federal bankruptcy trustee has objected to Bulldog Reporter parent Sirius Information's plans to sell assets to a Canadian information company, claiming Sirius president Jim Sinkinson has a conflict as an interested party in the sale.
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Thu., Dec. 4, 2014
Next Fifteen Grabs Brand Consulting Firm Morar
By Greg Hazley
morarNext Fifteen Communications Group has acquired London-based brand market research firm Morar.
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Wed., Nov. 5, 2014
Critical Mention's Armon to
By Greg Hazley
dave armonPR services veteran Dave Armon has left the president slot at monitoring services provider Critical Mention to head content marketing and online reputation company, the former Reputation Changer.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
Bruce Rauner, ex-GTCR, in Race for Illinois Governor
By Jack O'Dwyer

bruce raunerBruce Rauner, 30-year principal of GTCR, buyer of Cision, Vocus and Gorkana, is in a tight race for governor of Illinois vs. incumbent Pat Quinn. 

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Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Cision Gobbles Up Gorkana
By Greg Hazley
gorkanaCision has acquired UK rival Gorkana for more than $300M (£200M), following weeks of speculation and the PR software giant's own merger with Vocus under private equity firm GTCR.
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Tue., Oct. 14, 2014
C&W's Levin to Newlio
By Greg Hazley
josh levinJosh Levin, senior VP and head of Cohn & Wolfe's US corporate affairs practice, has moved to marketing research start-up newlio as chief marketing officer and partner.
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Mon., Sep. 15, 2014
Cision, Vocus Acquire Social Media Analytics Provider Visible
By Greg Hazley
visibleThe combined Vocus and Cision have acquired Visible Technologies, the New York-based social media monitoring and analytics company.
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Fri., Aug. 15, 2014
PR Newswire Revenue Falls in First Half
By Greg Hazley
ubmPR Newswire revenue fell 6.4% in the first half of 2014 to £98.3M ($165.4M) as currency rates dragged down underlying growth of 2.6%.
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Tue., Jul. 15, 2014
KEF Adds Huff for Digital
By Greg Hazley
patricia huffDigital agency vet Patria Huff has joined KEF Media as senior VP to lead its online and social media operation.
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Fri., Jun. 20, 2014
PR Newswire Cracks Down on Content After Google Update
By Greg Hazley
pr newswirePR Newswire has imposed stricter guidelines to root out "low quality content" and crack down on releases more focused on gaming search engines than providing analysis and useful information.
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Tue., Jun. 3, 2014
Vocus, Cision to Be Merged
By Greg Hazley
cisionThe Chicago private equity firm that acquired Vocus and Cision this year has confirmed industry expectations and said it will combine the two PR and marketing software providers under former Cision CEO Peter Granat.
Category: PR Services
Mon., Jun. 2, 2014
Cision CEO Exits Amid Takeover
By Greg Hazley
Cision CEO Peter Granat has resigned after a Chicago investment firm gained control of the PR software company in May. He takes the reins of the combined Vocus-Cision.
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Tue., May 20, 2014
Vocus Owner Takes Control of Cision Board
By Greg Hazley

Cision, the target of a takeover bid from Chicago-based GTCR Investment, said two executives of GTCR were elected to a new board of directors, including the chairman slot, in a special meeting May 20 in Stockholm.

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Tue., May 13, 2014
PR Newswire Profit Slips in Q1
By Greg Hazley
pr newswireUBM reported first quarter revenue at PR Newswire ticked up 2.6% on an underlying basis to about $77.5M as US dissemination and public-filing business offset flat revenues elsewhere at the unit.
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Thu., May 1, 2014
PR Newswire Adds Curbs to High Speed Trading
By Greg Hazley
chackoPR Newswire said it will make users of its direct data feed certify that they will not engage in high-speed trading and will advise users to delay news slated for the market close to wait until after 4 p.m.
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Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Cision Q1 Revenue Flat Amid Takeover Battle
By Greg Hazley
granatAmid a takeover battle, Cision on April 29 reported first quarter revenue was flat at 206M krona ($31.6M) while net profit jumped 84% over a year earlier to around $1.7M.
Category: PR Services
Mon., Apr. 7, 2014
GTCR Takes Vocus Private
By Kevin McCauley
vocusGTCR LLC, the Chicago-based private equity firm that made a run at Cision, is taking Vocus private in a cash transaction pegged at $447M.
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Fri., Apr. 4, 2014
Meltwater Goes Public with $138M Cision Bid
By Greg Hazley
cisionPR software provider Meltwater, which said last month that its stake in Cision had surpassed 10%, has bid $138M in cash for the company, topping an offer by investing firm Blue Canyon Holdings.
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Mon., Mar. 24, 2014
Investment Firm Ups Offer for Cision Amid Meltwater Interest
By Greg Hazley
Blue Canyon Holdings, the takeover unit of GTCR Investment X AIV that made a bid for Cision in February, upped its offer six percent to 55.10 Krona, or about $8.56 per share, as another bidder entered the fray.
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Thu., Mar. 20, 2014
Marketwired Cuts Feeds for High-Speed Traders
By John O'Dwyer
Marketwired said it will stop selling direct feeds to high-speed traders, following rival Business Wire in the wake of a February Wall Street Journal report showing how the traders gain an advantage through newswire data.
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