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Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Ex-Sen Lieberman Labors for Libyan Politico
By Kevin McCauley
 
basit igtetFormer 24-year Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is handling a two-month, $100K project to promote the Washington image of Libyan politico Basit Igtet.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
AbMac Adds Tech Veteran Jacobs in SF
By Greg Hazley
 
jacobsCorporate and agency tech PR veteran Erica Jacobs has landed at Abernathy MacGregor Group's San Francisco outpost as an executive VP for the New York-based firm.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
NYO's Kaplan Dies at 59
By Kevin McCauley
 

peter kaplanPeter Kaplan, editor who built the New York Observer into a must-read for Manhattan’s movers and shakers, died Nov. 29 from cancer. He was 59.

Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Eat Fats, Dump Carbs and Statins, Says Best Seller
By Jack ODwyer
 
perlmutterGrain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugars—Your Brain’s Silent Killers is a New York Times best seller in the dining category by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and nutritionist.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Texas A&M R&D Agency Eyes PR Plan
By Greg Hazley
 
teesThe engineering research and technology development agency of Texas A&M is on the hunt for an outside firm to develop a strategic communications plan leveraging its 100th anniversary in 2014.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
FCC's Hanson to Handle Sinclair DC Outreach
By Kevin McCauley
 
hansonTop advisor at the Federal Communications Commission's media bureau will join Sinclair Broadcast Group as senior VP/strategy & public policy in Washington on Jan. 2.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
TV's Thanksgiving Day Armageddon
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, family, prayer, turkey, cranberries, argument with crazy old Uncle Louie, pumpkin pie, football, left-overs, hug with Uncle Louie, Wal-Mart stampedes and forecasts of weather Armageddon are all part of America's national holiday.
Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Street-Smart Firm Signs Ex-Spitzer Aide
By Kevin McCauley
 
wallensteinThe Marino Organization, which claims to offer “street-smart communications, has added Ross Wallenstein to the line-up of the 20-year firm.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Magnet Media Looking to Attract PR Pitches
By Kevin McCauley
 
magnetNew York’s Magnet Media, marketing services, video and social media company, is looking for a PR firm to bolster its visibility before marketers and brands in the technology, entertainment, media and finance sectors, according to Emily Wilson, managing editor/content.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
NJ Reviews Public Health PR
By Greg Hazley
 
New Jersey has launched a review of its public health PR and advertising account with an RFP process through December.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Gilson Takes Over FCC Media Relations
By Greg Hazley
 
fccDirector of cabinet communications at the White House moves to the Federal Communications Commission to head media relations after Tammy Sun decamps for app developer Evernote.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Will Time Mag Do the Right Thing?
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time magazine may be a shadow of its former self these days, but its annual person of the year still gets a lot of play.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Brand USA Names Firm for Latin America
By Greg Hazley
 
brand usaBrand USA, the tourism promotion entity backed by the federal government and private sector, has booked agency support to tout U.S. travel in Mexico and Central America, following a search.
Category: International
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
NAB Tunes in Gephardt
By Kevin McCauley
 
The National Assn. of Broadcasters has signed Gephardt Government Affairs to defend the current retransmission consent system, where cable and satellite companies must negotiate a deal to carry network TV fare.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Foley: My PR Company is Saving $60K Under Obamcare
By Kevin Foley
 
foleyDespite their "I told you so" proclamations, what Republicans fear most is happening at my broadcast and Internet public relations firm in Georgia.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Parents Revolt vs. Pearson, McGraw-Hill Tests
By Jack ODwyer
 

new york magParents across the U.S. are revolting against tests prepared by Pearson, McGraw-Hill and others that many of their children are flunking and may result in their being held back.

 
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Drug Maker Confirms $2.4B Bayer Bid
By Greg Hazley
 
algetaNorwegian cancer drug maker Algeta today confirmed media reports that partner Bayer has pitched a $2.4B acquisition deal.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Media News: NBC, Conde Nast, Glam, Time Inc
By Kevin McCauley
 
ITV'S Neely to NBC; Conde Nast names int'l dealmaker; Lagani takes Glam prexy post; Time Inc. Irons Out Pay Packages
Category: Media News
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
23andMe Mounts PR Defense
By Greg Hazley
 
23andmePersonal DNA testing kit marketer 23andMe is mounting a defense after the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 22 ordered the company to stop selling its kits without marketing clearance.
Category: Healthcare PR
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Yahoo Hires Couric
By Kevin McCauley
 

katie couricYahoo today officially named broadcast TV veteran Katie Couric as global anchor in charge of covering news and coordinating interviews with newsmakers and thought leaders at the online company.

Category: Media News
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