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Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
UAE Re-Ups for $10M at Harbour
By Kevin McCauley
UAE emblemUnited Arab Emirates has extended its relationship with The Harbour Group through 2017 for 'no more than $5M per year.'
Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Slim Fattens NYT Holdings
By Kevin McCauley
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim doubled his investment stake in the New York Times Co. to about 17 percent, making him the biggest owner of the parent of the New York Times.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Blog: PR Dominates in Putin's Russian World of Illusions
By Kevin McCauley
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible cover"Everything is PR" is the favorite phrase of Russia's elite, writes Peter Pomerantsev in his wonderful new book, "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible," about Vladimir Putin's wonderland of illusions, where former gangsters are now members of the ruling elite and Russia Today state media spews lies.
Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Crisis Preparation in the Digital Age
By John McInerney
John McInerneyIn the age of digital communications, crises incubate, hatch and unfold before an audience of millions of consumers, investors and businesses at near-blinding speed. But what happens when the company crisis is your own?
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Ketchum's Scibetta Enrolls at Stony Brook
By Kevin McCauley
Nicholas ScibettaNicholas Scibetta, director of Ketchum's global media network, will take the VP-communications job at Stony Brook University on Jan. 26.
Category: Professional Services PR
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Caesars Rolls Chapter XI Dice with Joele Frank
By Kevin McCauley
CaesarsCaesars Entertainment Operating Co. is using Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher to handle media related to its financial restructuring announced today to shed $10B in debt.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Discovery Founder Eyes Streaming Service
By Kevin McCauley
John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Channel, is launching Curiosity-Stream, a subscription video-on demand service that will offer reports about nature.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
APCO Vet Schooling Sets Up Shop
By Kevin McCauley
Robert SchoolingRobert Schooling, former APCO Worldwide Americas president, has established Reservoir Communications Group in Washington to counsel clients on how to integrate brand, reputation and advocacy communications.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Scandal-Rocked Secret Service Slaps PA Staffer
By Kevin McCauley
Secret Service badgeJane Murphy, who heads governmental & PA at the Secret Service, is among four officials demoted in wake of a series of embarrassing and troubling security lapses.
Category: Government
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Europe Pushes for American Gas
By Kevin McCauley
LNG AlliesEuropeans work through coalition to approve the export of American liquefied natural gas to offset dependence on Russia and enhance energy security.
Category: Foreign government
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Dynamic Media Environment Blurs Crisis Lines
By Alex Stanton
Alex StantonWhere does one news cycle end and the next begin? What’s the difference between “traditional” and “digital” media?  Where’s the line between reporting and advocacy? Does credibility still matter?
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Gaynor Takes B-M/Asia Helm
By Kevin McCauley
Terri-Helen GaynorTerri-Helen Gaynor, founding partner of Reputation Ply in Australia, is taking over Burson-Martin's Asia-Pacific duties from Pat Ford, who helmed the region since Oct. 2012.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
New PR Network Debuts
By Kevin McCauley
The Global Communications Alliance network of firms has launched with 10 members with market coverage in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Lahey Latches on at Podesta
By Kevin McCauley
Josh LaheyJosh Lahey, a PR and advertising pro, has joined Washington's Podesta Group as it broadens its PA/lobbying base.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Curry Launches Media Venture
By Kevin McCauley
Ann CurryNBC anchor Ann Curry, who departed the "Today" show with a teary good-bye following a conflict with co-host Matt Lauer, is starting her own production house
Category: Media News
Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Legal Cost of L.I. Towns' Eruv Fight so far: $884,837
By Jack ODwyer

Southampton sealSouthampton, Westhampton Beach and Quogue have spent $884,837 thus far fighting imposition of a Jewish religious boundary called an eruv in their areas, according to records obtained via Freedom of Information filings by this website.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Blog: University of Chicago Issues Ringing Endorsement of Free Speech
By Kevin McCauley
University of ChicagoAs college campuses "disinvite" speakers deemed politically incorrect by some students, the University of Chicago last week issued a ringing endorsement of free speech. Bravo UoC!
Category: Content
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
MediaTracks Celebrates 25 Years
By Greg Hazley
MediaTracks staffMediaTracks Communications, radio/audio services provider for PR pros at companies such as Walmart, McDonald's and Coca-Cola, hit the 25-year mark this past Dec.
Category: PR Services
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Qatar Buttresses DC Coverage
By Kevin McCauley
MercuryQatar has retained Omnicom's Mercury Public Affairs to a six-month "strategic consulting and management services" contract worth $930K in fees.
Category: Foreign government
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
Gennaro Manages Voya's PR
By Kevin McCauley

Paul GennaroPaul Gennaro has joined Voya Financial as senior VP-corporate communications & chief communications officer.

Category: Financial Management
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