Ex-Independent editor Simon Kelner to launch PR agency

Seven Dials will work in partnership with ad agency set up by Trevor Beattie, who created ‘Hello Boys!’ wonderbra campaign Simon Kelner, the former editor-in-chief of the Independent, is to launch a public relations agency in partnership with the ad agency co-founded by Trevor Beattie, the man behind campaigns including Wonderbra’s famous “Hello Boys!”. Kelner, […]


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Barclay brothers named richest media figures in UK with £2.3bn fortune

Tough times for Richard Desmond mean £150m is slashed off his wealth, according to Sunday Times Rich List Sir David and Frederick Barclay have been named the richest people in media in Britain with a £2.3bn fortune, while tough times at Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell business has seen his wealth slashed by almost £150m. […]


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Barclay brothers named richest media figures in UK with £2.3bn fortune

Tough times for Richard Desmond mean £150m is slashed off his wealth, according to Sunday Times Rich List Sir David and Frederick Barclay have been named the richest people in media in Britain with a £2.3bn fortune, while tough times at Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell business has seen his wealth slashed by almost £150m. […]


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Next Fifteen reports 21% slump in pre-tax profits

Figures at PR group hit by alleged $3m embezzlement in US subsidiary Bite PR Scandal-hit PR group Next Fifteen has revealed it has been subject to an alleged $3m (£1.9m) embezzlement at its US subsidiary Bite PR, causing a 21% slump in pre-tax profits for the year to 31 July. The UK-listed group, which owns […]


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Huntsworth reports 17% slump at financial PR division

Citigate hit by poor economic conditions in the UK and Europe Huntsworth has reported a more than 17% slump in revenues at its financial PR division, Citigate, but said that thanks to cost-cutting it expects profits for the year to be “significantly” ahead of 2011 levels. The PR and healthcare group said revenues in the […]


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…if there was no physics, these sectors would not exist…

How much does physics contribute to the UK economy compared to, say, the financial sector? A new report from the IoP has the numbers Meeting rooms of the Palace of Westminster can be disconcerting places in which to give speeches. This week, Alok Sharma MP hosted the launch event of a new report from the […]


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What does ‘embargoed’ mean? Don’t ask a lawyer

The judgment was not yet handed down. So why was a triumphant law firm’s PR hawking it in advance? Here’s something new, to me at least. Dan at Maltin PR emails to say that his client Chris, senior libel partner at “well-renowned” Hamlins LLP and representative of Hello! magazine among others, has won a big […]


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Matthew Freud forgoes dividend, despite golden year for PR agency

Freud Communications profits rise 30% thanks to deals with London Olympics, BMW and Department of Health Matthew Freud has waived the option to take a multi-million pound dividend payout as his PR agency group, Freud Communications, enjoyed a 30% increase in profits thanks to client wins, including the London 2012 Olympics. Freud, who was paid […]


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Profit and PR are the real enemies of innovation | Peter Wilby

From drugs to computers, the big rewards are now in tweaking existing products and presenting them as ground-breaking For more than a decade, we have been told that the pharmaceutical industry faces a crisis: it finds it more and more difficult to develop new drugs. The returns on research and development, company executives plead, are […]


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