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Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Comcast Invests in Goldman Exec
By Kevin McCauley
 
Goldman Sachs analyst  is joining Comcast Corp. early next year as senior VP-investor relations.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
BlackBerry's Cameron Flees to H&K
By Kevin McCauley
 
Director of global public policy at beleaguered Blackberry and former aide to Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper shifts to Hill+Knowlton Strategies as deputy leader of its Canadian energy practice.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Nickles Blasts Off With SpaceX
By Kevin McCauley
 
SpaceX, the rocket ship company of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, taps DC firm for a broad range of issues including aerospace, defense, budgetary, intellectual property and science & technology.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Boston Consulting Group's Gunby Succeeds Dunn at FTI
By Kevin McCauley
 
steve gunbyManaging director at Boston Consulting Group will succeed Jack Dunn on Jan. 20 as CEO of the FTI Consulting, the publicly traded global advisory and financial communications firm.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Nicolazzo: School Heads Have One of the Toughest PR Jobs in America
By Richard Nicolazzo
 

nicolazzoWe’ve learned that while schools conduct table-top mock drills and maintain simple “crisis contact lists,” few have specific, written contingency crisis communications plans in place.

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Review of PR in 2013 (and Before That)
By Jack ODwyer
 
Traditional media continued to shrink in 2013, putting pressure on PR practitioners to reach audiences via social media, PR wire services, e-mail networks and their own websites...
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Legal Win for Sitrick in A-Rod Case
By Greg Hazley
 
A federal judge declined a request by Major League Baseball to hold PR counselor Michael Sitrick in contempt of court in the league's legal showdown with slugger Alex Rodriguez.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Media: Hill Pub to Start PR Firm, BBC America's Meyer Moves to Scripps on DC Project
By Greg Hazley
 
mcmahonFrancine McMahon is stepping down as publisher of The Hill to open a Washington PR Shop; Dick Meyer, a digitally skilled executive producer for BBC News in America, will move to The E.W. Scripps Company in February as chief Washington correspondent to work on a new multiplatform feature for the company... 
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
A+E Rebrands BIO Channel
By Kevin McCauley
 
bioA+E Networks will rebrand its BIO Channel this summer as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle station, under the leadership of Jana Bennett.
Category: Media News
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Thailand Denies Hiring Lobbyist
By Kevin McCauley
 

The government of Thailand denies that it hired Boston’s Davenport McKesson to lobby in support for construction of U.S. naval air defense base, according to today’s Bangkok Post.

Category: Lobbying
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Post: The Simple Truth about Carbs and Sugar is in Dietary Guidance
By Dr. Robert Post
 
robert postThere's never been a time like the present with as much interest in the press about nutrition and approaches to healthy eating and lifestyles.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Political PR Shops Merge
By Greg Hazley
 
The Strategy Group Company, an Ohio-based political PR shop, is acquiring strategic partner Murphy Linville, the firm of the former DCI Group president Jim Murphy and ex-AT&T VP of public affairs Billy Linville.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Atomic PR Folded into Grayling
By Kevin McCauley
 
Atomic PR is being merged into Grayling effective Jan. 1, three years following the British firm's acquisition of the San Francisco-headquartered tech/social media firm.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Lululemon Dons PR Support in Corporate Shakeup
By Greg Hazley
 

lululemonLululemon athletica, the Vancouver-based yoga apparel marketer roughed up on the PR front this year, retained Weber Shandwick to handle news of its CEO succession and exit of its outspoken chairman this week.

Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Boehner Finally Gets the Memo
By Kevin McCauley
 
boehnerHouse Majority Leader John Boehner has finally told anti-government groups FreedomWatch, Club for Growth, Heritage Foundation, and Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity to take a hike.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Porter Novelli Buzzes for Bayer's Bee Biz
By Kevin McCauley
 
bayerBayer CropScience, which is featured on today's front page of the New York Times business section for the alleged link of its pesticide to the massive die-off of honey bees in North America and western Europe, relied on Porter Novelli to pitch the opening of its second Bee Care Center in Triangle Park, NC.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Former Nick, Newsweek Chief to ABC Family President
By Kevin McCauley
 
Tom Ascheim, who headed Viacom’s Nickelodeon TV and Newsweek, has joined ABC Family as president.  He succeeds Michael Riley, who has moved to the U.K.
Category: Media News
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Ohio Marriage Equality Push Recruits PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
 

ohioWhy Marriage Matters Ohio, the four-month old campaign by a coalition of civil and human rights groups, has brought on PR counsel and a political strategist to lead its campaign to repeal a state constitutional amendment and legalize same-sex marriage in the Buckeye State.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
MSL's Huckman to Pure
By Kevin McCauley
 
huckmanFormer senior VP/director of media strategy at MSLGroup has joined Pure Communications, the life sciences PR firm.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Dec. 12, 2013
Onion's Final Print Edition 'Lauds' Print Media
By Greg Hazley
 
onionThe Onion published its final print edition Dec. 12, "lauding" the power of print media across its front page while forecasting digital media's rise "still another 70 or 80 years away."
Category: Media News
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