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Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
JetBlue Passengers Seeing Red (Again)
By Ronn Torossian
 
JetBlue is off to a shaky 2014 as weather-related problems and new pilot-rest rules have forced the carrier to cancel tens of flights, stranding thousands of passengers.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
Well-Traveled Castro Lands at CBS Interactive
By Kevin McCauley
 
castroCBS Interactive has named Christine Castro senior VP-communications to handle its portfolio of brands including CBS.com, CNET, TV.com, Gamespot, CBSNews.com and CBSSports.com.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
Horn Plugs Raine in to Lead SF, Global Biz
By Greg Hazley
 
debra raineTech PR pro Debra Raine, whose shop was swallowed by BondPR in 2010, has decamped for Horn Group as a principal in San Francisco.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
Wilson to Curley in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
greg wilsonGreg Wilson, a Washington communicator and former senior VP with Levick Strategic Communications, has landed at Curley and Company in the capital.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
SV, Ashton Front Suntory's $13.6B Beam Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 
beamSard Verbinnen & Co and Tokyo’s Ashton Consulting are handling Suntory Holdings’ audacious $13.6B for U.S. bourbon institution Beam Inc.
Category: M&A
Tue., Jan. 14, 2014
FTI Adds Litigation, Crisis PR Specialist from APCO
By Greg Hazley
 
tilden katzTilden Katz, an attorney and senior VP at APCO Worldwide in Chicago, has moved to FTI Consulting as a managing director.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
Dennis Rodman: 'Greenwasher' Champ
By Kevin McCauley
 
rodmanDennis Rodman’s palling around North Korea’s Kim Jong-un serves as greenwashing gold for that psycho’s brutal regime.
Category: Environmental PR
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
Lippincott Powers B+D Makeover
By Kevin McCauley
 
black deckerLippincott created Black+Decker’s new brand identity introduced today to provide the power tool institution a modern, simple, clean yet powerful logo.
Category: Marketing Communications
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
MWW Welcomes Fed Probe of Sandy Ads
By Kevin McCauley
 
MWW said today it welcomes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development probe of the popular “Stronger Than the Storm” post-Super Storm Sandy ad campaign that featured now embattled Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
Boar's Head Wraps Up PR Search
By Kevin McCauley
 
boars headBoar’s Head Brand, a leading purveyor of deli meat, cheeses and condiments in the New York metro area, is wrapping up its search for a PR firm to handle its $400K budget.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
Ex-PGA Chief Tees Off With Buffalo
By Kevin McCauley
 
joe sterankaJoe Steranka, former CEO of PGA America, has joined Buffalo Communications (Vienna, Va.) as chief global strategist to bolster its reach the golf/lifestyle categories.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
The A-Rod Decision: A Pyrrhic Victory?
By Arthur Solomon
 

If Alex Rodriguez is serious about taking his case to federal court, and the court agrees to take the case, all sports -- not just MLB -- may be the losers, even though the A-Rod arbitrator’s ruling is upheld.

Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
Was Harper's Write-up of Servant School Ethical?
By Jack ODwyer
 
The Society of Professional Journalists, asked if the 16-page undercover report on the Starkey private service school in the January Harper’s was “ethical,” has responded with an answer that tosses the question into the laps of our readers.
Category: PR Ethics
Mon., Jan. 13, 2014
Random House Engages SKD for Ailes Book
By Greg Hazley
 
Random House is using outside PR counsel as its releases "The Loudest Voice in the Room," an anticipated biography of Fox News head Roger Ailes by New York's Gabriel Sherman.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
PR Firm Quits Chemical Company in Spill
By Greg Hazley
 
freedomUpdated 1/13/2014: Charleston, W.V., PR firm Charles Ryan & Associates has dropped the chemical company in a Jan. 9 spill that left 300K without clean drinking water in the Mountain Sta
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Publicis Acquires Qorvis
By Kevin McCauley
 
PublicisPublicis Groupe is acquiring Washington-based Qorvis Communications, which ranks as the No. 10 independent PR firm with fees of $30M.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Aaron Heinrich, IABC Comms. Head, Leaves
By Jack ODwyer
 
Aaron HeinrichAaron Henrich, who has headed communications at the Int'l Assn. of Business Communicators for more than a year, has left the group.
Category: IABC
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Nicolazzo: Christie's Press Conference Debacle
By Richard Nicolazzo
 
Stepping up and taking responsibility is the right thing to do in a crisis, but Gov. Chris Christie’s unprecedented, 107-minute press conference was so far over the top that it defies logic.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Media: Baseball Writers Bar Le Batard, Daily Beast's Auriemma to WSJ
By Greg Hazley
 
dan le batardThe Baseball Writers Association of America suspend Miami Herald and ESPN reporter Dan Le Batard; Daily Beast editor to land at WSJ...
Category: Media News
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
Golin, Hackett Out at Time Inc
By Kevin McCauley
 
Mark Golin, group editor at Time Inc.’s style & entertainment group, and Larry Hackett, editor of People for the past eight years, are leaving the magazine company as it prepares for this year’s split from Time Warner.
Category: Media News
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