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PRSA Nominates Peterson of Embattled CenturyLink

Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Debra PetersonDebra Peterson, PR head of CenturyLink, which faces fraud charges from eight states that could cost it up to $12 billion, has been nominated as chair-elect of PRSA for 2018. (2 reader comments)

ICMA Issues RFP for PR, Media Relations

Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Intl County Management AssociationThe International County Management Assn. wants to hire a PR firm to help position the DC-based group as the leader for best practices in local government management.

Egypt Transitions from Weber to APCO

Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Egyptian PyramidsWeber Shandwick is committed to using its “best efforts to effect a smooth transition” of its $1.2M Egypt contract to APCO Worldwide.

Impeachment is a Pipe Dream

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Donald TrumpCongressional Republicans, clearly benefiting from Trump’s seat in the White House, have long been reluctant to interfere with the President’s ongoing scandals or staff shakeups. But that might be changing. (3 reader comments)

Finn's Nowling Moves to LE&A

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Bill NowlingBill Nowling, who ran Finn Partners' Detroit office, has exited to run the Motor City outpost of Lambert Edwards & Assocs., which is based in Grand Rapids.

Jim Moran, Ex-Rep., Joins Team Qatar

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Jim MoranFormer Congressman Jim Moran, now senior legislative advisor at McDermott Will and Emery, is the latest lobbyist to join Team Qatar as it battles the two-month economic and political blockade imposed by its Arab neighbors. (1 reader comment)

Byoir Employee Virgil Scudder Recalls 'Amazing Agency'

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Virgil ScudderVirgil Scudder, SVP, Carl Byoir & Assocs., from 1977-86, heading its MediaCom unit, recalled Byoir as a firm with high morale staffed by many with media backgrounds. (3 reader comments)

H+K Wins Wanda

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Dalian Wanda GroupHill+Knowlton Strategies is working for China's Dalian Wanda Group, the property and entertainment conglomerate, an account earned after a hotly contested pitch.

Show Biz Journalism

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

By Arthur Solomon

Arthur Solomon Today’s cable political TV coverage is similar to a flawed theatrical production, which consistently but falsely advertises “breaking news” as a means of providing a plot that appeals to Americans across the country. (7 reader comments)

'The Mooch' Gets Tossed

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Scaramucci gets tossedPresident Trump is removing financier Anthony Scaramucci from his communications post after a bombastic 10-day run at the request of just-sworn in chief of staff Gen. John Kelly. (3 reader comments)

The Economist Slaps PR for Exporting Spin

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The EconomistThe Economist slaps Bell Pottinger and PR profession for exporting spin to Africa, but not all PR snake oil is sent overseas.

North 6th Uses Atlas to Head North

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

North 6th AgencySoho’s North 6th Agency has acquired Atlas Communications, a top social media shop in Toronto.

Philadelphia Shifts PR Into Park

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Philadelphia Parking AuthorityThe Philadelphia Parking Authority has issued an RFP for a “PR firm with significant experience representing a broad range of clients, particularly in the public sector."

Discovery Clinches Scripps Networks Deal

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Discovery ChannelDiscovery Communications today announced its expected acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive for a stock/cash package pegged at $14.6B.

What’s Wrong with Twitter?

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianTwitter has struggled to grow as competing social media outlets have found ways to attract new users, presenting a challenge the site's leadership will have to account for if they want to maintain profitability.

Death of Peter Osgood Recalls Destruction of Byoir PR

Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Carl Byoir & AssociatesThe death July 22 of Peter Osgood, head of Carl Byoir & Assocs. from 1983-86 and vice chair of Hill & Knowlton from 1986-91, recalls the destruction of Byoir, once the No. 3 PR firm. (3 reader comments)

Embassy Bombing Victims Lobby for Compensation

Fri., Jul. 28, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Embassy BombingsA collective that seeks compensatory justice for the victims of terrorist attacks has retained lobbying support for help on criminal justice issues in Washington. (1 reader comment)

FTI Consulting Posts Q2 Revenue Drop, Loss

Fri., Jul. 28, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Steven GunbyFTI Consulting reported a 3.4 percent dip in revenues to $444.7M due to lower demand in its corporate finance and restructuring operation. Special charge puts FTI in red.

Bradley Turns Atlantic Over to Emerson Collective

Fri., Jul. 28, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The Atlantic MagazineDavid Bradley, 64-year-old CEO and owner of Atlantic Media, is selling a majority stake in The Atlantic to the Emerson Collective, the philanthropic arm of Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple's Steve Jobs.

Media Moves

Fri., Jul. 28, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Michiko KakutaniNew York Times' powerful book critic steps down; Hulu grabs Googler; HealthGuru targets Monday.

Trump on Long Island Today at Suffolk College

Fri., Jul. 28, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

President Donald TrumpPresident Trump is speaking today at the Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, L.I., on the topic of the “MS-13 Street Gang,” which has been criticized by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.