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Fri., May 9, 2014
News Corp 3Q Revenues Dip 5%
By Kevin McCauley

News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson reports third-quarter revenues dipped five percent to $2B, largely due to lower sales at its news and information services unit and the divestiture of the Dow Jones Media Group.

Category: Media News
Fri., May 9, 2014
Former E! Entertainment TV CEO Takes Over NPR
By Kevin McCauley
jarl mohnJarl Mohn, founding CEO of Liberty Digital and ex-CEO of E! Entertainment Television, will take the president/CEO slot at National Public Radio in July.
Category: Media News
Fri., May 9, 2014
Tokyo Taps Dentsu for 2020 Olympics
By Greg Hazley
tokyoThe Tokyo Organizing Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has tapped Japanese ad/PR conglomerate Dentsu as its marketing agency of record.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., May 9, 2014
Sorrell Says Ego Killed 'Publicom'
By Kevin McCauley
sorrellWPP CEO Martin Sorrell told Reuters “ego” killed the $35B mega-merger between Publicis Groupe and Omnicom.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., May 9, 2014
Havas Sees Q1 Growth in North America, UK
By Greg Hazley
havasHavas reported first quarter revenue rose three percent to €389M -- about $537M -- on an organic basis on strong gains in North America and the UK.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 8, 2014
Omnicom, Publicis Call Off Merger
By Greg Hazley
omnicomUpdated: Omnicom and Publicis have pulled the plug on their $35B mega-merger, citing management and regulatory issues.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 8, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Tech Agencies on vetting startup clients: It's not so simple (Ad Age) 
Tourism Reaching new generations of travelers requires discarding conventional marketing (Times-Picayune) 
PA Think tanks influence public policy, but who influences them?(T. Murphy) 
Sports Get ready for Johnny Manziel, marketing vessel (Dallas M. News) 
Media Snowden, Potras take on America's runaway surveillance state (Nation) 
PR on TV The dangerous media seven-second stray (B. Phillips) 
Food/Bev Powdered alcohol inventor speaks out with YouTube vid(The Wire) 
Beauty Is a Harvard student bringing down the beauty industry?(Harpers Bazaar) 
Marketing 10 brands moms like most right now (Adweek) 
Stunts T-Rex throws out first pitch at Padres-Royals game (Fox Sports)
Category: PR Links
Thu., May 8, 2014
MSLO Publishing Loss Widens
By Kevin McCauley
msloMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia reports that its Q1 publishing operating loss grew to $2.8M as revenue dipped 20 percent due to a fall-out in digital advertising and the absence of the Whole Living supplemental issue of Everday Food.
Category: Media News
Thu., May 8, 2014
GOP Operative Goes to Ogilvy
By Kevin McCauley
bud albrightBud Albright, who served in three Republican Administrations, is joining Ogilvy Government Relations on May 15.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., May 8, 2014
UNESCO Honoree Raps 'Self-Imprisoned' Press
By Jack O'Dwyer

press freedomTurncoat, captive reporters who trumpet the party line of dictators were denounced by Turkish reporter Ahmet Sik as UNESCO observed “Press Freedom Day” May 3.

Category: Media News
Thu., May 8, 2014
AbMac, H+K Brew PR For Dutch Coffee King
By Kevin McCauley

demasterAbernathy MacGregor Group and Hill+Knowlton Strategies are behind the media push for Amsterdam-based D.E. Master Blenders 1753's deal to merge its coffee business with brands of Mondelez International to create a pure play company with $7B in global revenues.

Category: M&A
Thu., May 8, 2014
PR Trio Works Alibaba IPO Juggernaut
By Greg Hazley

alibabaChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which filed for an anticipated initial public offering on May 6, is working with three firms as it prepares for a US market debut.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., May 8, 2014
GM Brings Back Retired Comms Head Amid Crisis
By Greg Hazley
steve harrisGeneral Motors, which bounced its communications chief last month amid a massive recall and the ensuing fallout, has brought back retired VP of communications Steve Harris for a consulting role.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., May 7, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Audiences A matter of biology, values and tribe (P. Hirigoyen) 
Fashion Meet Amanda Carter, the indie fashion PR wizard (New York) 
Marketing The rise of sadvertising (Fast Co) 
Measurement In PR, the objectives may not have changed, but the metrics have (H. Sullivan) 
IR Continuing ed with Prof. Buffett (D. Ioselevich) 
Social Ingredients of an effective social content strategy (D. Killackey) 
Higher Ed Why lack of diversity in teaching is a PR issue (S. Wood)
Media Fox News just unsettled its $8M hush settlement with former PR exec (Gawker) 
Careers Make PR internship programs mutually beneficial (J. Newman)
Higher Ed Latest Rutgers PR blunder hurts LeGrand (ESPN)
Category: PR Links
Wed., May 7, 2014
Benghazi Circus Rolls into Washington
By Kevin McCauley
boehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner said today that his special Congressional panel to investigate the 2012 deaths of former US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi is not going to be a "circus." The veteran politico knows better.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 7, 2014
Smoothie King Serves PR Account to Snackbox
By Greg Hazley
smoothie kingAustin-based food and beverage PR specialist Snackbox has picked up consumer PR duties for Smoothie King.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., May 7, 2014
Apple PR Chief to Retire
By Greg Hazley
katie cottonKatie Cotton, the longtime VP of worldwide corporate communications for Apple, is retiring from the tech giant.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., May 7, 2014
CBS News Brings in Capus, Mag Covers '60 Minutes' Intrigue
By Greg Hazley
cbsFormer NBC News president Steve Capus has been tapped by CBS News as executive editor and executive producer of its evening news flagship.
Category: Media News
Wed., May 7, 2014
Elmore Flies to Airport Trade Group in DC
By Greg Hazley
scott elmoreScott Elmore, who directed communications and marketing for the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has departed for the Airports Council International – North America, the Washington trade group for government-owned airports and suppliers.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 7, 2014
Comcast Reaches for Ex-Rockefeller Aide
By Kevin McCauley
stuart chapmanStuart Chapman, one-time chief of staff to powerful Democratic West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, has signed on as Washington lobbyist for Comcast.
Category: Lobbying
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