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Gladstone Axes Saudi Arabia Business

Mon, Oct. 15, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Steve LipinGladstone Place Partners has axed the $200K Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia account in the aftermath of the alleged murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (3 reader comments)

Bell Pottinger Partners On Hook for $5.3M

Thu, Oct. 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Bell PottingerPartners of the former Bell Pottinger face demands for payments of $5.3M that they received during the year prior to last year's collapse of the British firm.

Joele Frank Forges Ahead on Broadcom’s Forgery Scam

Wed, Oct. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

BroadcomBroadcom today said a memo signed by Defense Dept. officials that is circulating among members of Congress, calling for a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US of Broadcom's $19B deal to acquire CA Technologies, is a fraudulent document.

Banks’ PR Nightmare Continues

Mon, Oct. 8, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianSome of Britain’s largest banks are apologizing after being embroiled in a massive mis-selling scandal involving Payment Protection Insurance. (1 reader comment)

GE Dumps CEO After 14 Months on Job

Mon, Oct. 1, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

John FlanneryGE today dropped a bombshell on Wall Street, dumping CEO John Flannery after a 14-year stint and replacing him with the first outsider to head the storied company. (1 reader comment)

Facebook Attack Affects up to 50M Accounts

Mon, Oct. 1, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

FacebookFacebook reported that the site was hit last week with a massive security breach after hackers were reportedly able to gain access to accounts belonging to as many as 50 million of the site’s users.

PR Nightmare: Ticketmaster’s Secret Scalping Program Unveiled

Mon, Sep. 24, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA team of journalists reported that Ticketmaster is allegedly colluding with resellers who purchase tickets from the concert giant and resell them for inflated prices, violating the company’s own terms of service.

When Lack of Context Leads to Catastrophe

Thu, Sep. 20, 2018

By Paris Kissel

Paris KisselSometimes, a well-intentioned campaign with a positive message can backfire when consumers’ first impressions fail to take the backstory into consideration.

FT Apologizes to Sorrell

Mon, Sep. 17, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin Sorrell

The Financial Times today published an online apology to former WPP chief Martin Sorrell for including him in a Sept. 14 article that was headlined, "Disgraced chief executives reap benefits while investors suffer."

‘60 Minutes’ Chief Fager Fired

Mon, Sep. 17, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianCBS News chairman Jeff Fager was ousted by the network in response to a series of sexual misconduct allegations. (1 reader comment)

Edelman Works CBS' Moonves Mess, Revamp

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Les MoonvesEdelman is helping CBS Corp. handle the bombshell exit of 15-year CEO Les Moonves amid allegations of sexual harassment, revamp of its board and agreement with majority shareholder Shari Redstone's National Amusements Inc.

Musk Marijuana Scandal Tanks Tesla’s Stock Price

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianTesla CEO Elon Musk caused his company’s stock price to drop after smoking marijuana during a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.” (1 reader comment)

UK Launches Fresh Probe of Collapsed Bell Pottinger

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BellThe British government has launched an investigation of scandal-rocked Bell Pottinger, which collapsed last year in the aftermath of its racist campaign in South Africa on behalf of Oakbay investment firm of the Gupta family.

'Too Much Public Attention' Triggers Tesla Exec Exit

Fri, Sep. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Elon MuskDave Morton, who signed on at beleaguered Tesla electric car company a month ago, quit today due to the "level of public attention placed on the company." CEO Elon Musk smoked marijuana during a Sept. 6 webcast interview with Joe Rogan. (2 reader comments)

The In-N-Outs of a Fake News Story

Wed, Sep. 5, 2018

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanWest Coast restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger was placed in the crisis crosshairs after a series of politically-motivated tweets suggested Democrats boycott the business for contributing money to the California Republican Party. (1 reader comment)

Scandal-Rocked Diocese of Harrisburg Names PR Chief

Thu, Aug. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Rachel BrysonThe Catholic Church’s Diocese of Harrisburg named Rachel Bryson to the newly created position of executive director for PR just ahead of a report that found more than 70 of its priests and clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or inappropriate contact with children going back to the 1940s.

Weber Shandwick Strengthens Crisis Team

Tue, Aug. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah TyreWeber Shandwick has hired Sarah Tyre, who was Burson-Marsteller's New York crisis lead, and Marc Drechsler, ex-head of Ketchum's financial communications practice, as executive VPs in New York.

Michael Cohen’s PR Problem

Fri, Jul. 27, 2018

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser P. SeitelMichael Cohen sealed his fate when he hired Lanny Davis as his counselor. (5 reader comments)

Sitrick Delivers PR for Papa John’s Schnatter

Thu, Jul. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

SchnatterSitrick And Company is representing Papa John’s founder and former chairman John Schnatter, who has blasted the company for acting on misinformation when it asked him to step down. (2 reader comments)