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Bell Pottinger Apologizes for Controversial South African Push

Fri., Jul. 7, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Bell PottingerBell Pottinger, which has been charged with stirring up racial tensions in South Africa,  has issued "a full, unequivocal and absolute apology" for its work on behalf of former client Oakbay Capital, which is owned by the controversial Gupta family.

Advocacy Group Brings Knife Fight to Capitol Hill

Fri., Jul. 7, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Knife RightsA knife industry advocacy group has hired Capitol Hill Consulting Group for D.C. lobbying support on civil rights, law enforcement and trade issues as they affect the public’s ability to carry knives.

Integration Is About Input, Not Output

Fri., Jul. 7, 2017

By Karen Seamen

Karen SeamenIntegrated communications is an overused term in PR, though most firms get it wrong. Input, not output is the key to success.

Squire Patton Boggs Powers Westinghouse

Fri., Jul. 7, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

WestinghouseSquire Patton Boggs is working for bankrupt Westinghouse Electric as parent company Toshiba shops for a buyer for the maker of nuclear power plants.

Gatesman Acquires Noble

Fri., Jul. 7, 2017

By Steve Barnes

GatesmanPittsburgh-based Gatesman is doubling its size with acquisition of marketing communications firm Noble Communications.

‘Dark Money’ Justice

Fri., Jul. 7, 2017

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickWe would like to think of the Supreme Court as apart from the more corruptive elements of politics. But if you still think that way, you are indeed naïve. (1 reader comment)

Billing Rates Flat at Many PR Agencies

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersAverage hourly rates were down for PR professionals stationed across agency staff positions last year, according to a new report issued by Gould+Partners.

Trust in Political Parties Tanks

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

GfK VereinTrust in economic and political institutions has declined markedly among U.S. residents in the last year, according to a recent international study conducted by GfK Verein.

PR Firms Grapple with Work/Life Balance

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Dennis Spring

Dennis SpringThe work/life balance trend is a serious consideration that isn't going away anytime soon. In fact, compensation has taken a back seat in the minds of many in favor of liberal benefits and perks packages. (3 reader comments)

Qatar Hands $1M-Plus Pact to IMS

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Al Jazeera news on QatarQatar, which is locked into a diplomatic tussle with its Arab neighbors, has hired Information Management Services to a $1.3M three-month engagement.

ARPR Establishes SF Beachhead

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

ARPRARPR, which opened in Atlanta five years ago, is expanding to San Francisco to service demand from its west coast clients, which account for about 35 percent of its roster.

Klinghoffer to Bolster Kelly

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Dana KlinghofferDana Klinghoffer, who stepped down as VP-corporate communications at Fox News Channel in April, will handle PR for the launch of Megyn Kelly’s morning program on NBC in the fall.

How Kids Shape Travel, Vacation Decisions

Thu., Jul. 6, 2017

By Adrienne Jordan

O'Dwyer's July '17 Travel PR MagazineOnline surveys and review sites show that adults are no longer the lone determining authorities of vacation planning. Popular websites and platforms are now beginning to survey kids in order to gather statistics from this demographic as it relates to family travel.

Team America Slogs Through Fourth of July

Wed., Jul. 5, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The Wrap website articleTeam America slogged through a tough Fourth of July. We were mostly blue (as in down in the dumps) during our celebration of the red, white and blue.

Sri Lanka Seeks Tourism PR Services

Wed., Jul. 5, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Sri Lanka The Sri Lanka Tourism and Promotion Bureau has issued a call for PR firms that can organize a series of U.S.-based road shows promoting tourism to the island nation.

Huntsworth Bags TCEG

Wed., Jul. 5, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

HuntsworthHuntsworth has acquired The Creative Engagement Group, an experiential marketing outfit, for around $32M.

China Gives PR Ticket to Ride to BLJ

Wed., Jul. 5, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The People's Republic of ChinaThe People’s Republic of China filed a $24K per-month contract with BLJ Worldwide effective June 28 for ongoing PR services.

B-M's Patrick Ford to Teach at University of Florida

Wed., Jul. 5, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Patrick FordPatrick Ford, worldwide vice chair and chief client officer, Burson-Marsteller, is taking a leave to teach at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in 2017-18. He will be part-time with B-M as senior advisor.