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Beleaguered News Corp Calls In Edelman For PR Counsel

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LONDON–News Corp has called in Edelman to help it deal with the debilitating crisis brought about by the phone-hacking scandal.

Edelman EMEA CEO Robert Phillips told the Holmes Report that the agency had been retained by News International’s management and standards committee, which has been set up to oversee its response to the unfolding crisis.

The committee is comprised of News International GM Will Lewis, corporate affairs director Simon Greenberg, and general counsel Jeff Palker. The trio report into Joel Klein, the News Corp lawyer that has been charged with clearing up the hacking allegations, the police criminal inquiry into phone hacking and the range of civil actions that beset the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Phillips told the Holmes Report that Edelman’s support was primarily “logistical”. “Edelman is working with the management and standards group of News Corp on general comms support and public affairs counsel,” he said.

Phillips declined to elaborate further. The News Corp crisis has continued unabated, despite the company’s  dramatic decision to shut down the News of the World tabloid last week. Earlier today, News Corp shelved its bid for full ownership of BSkyB.

News Corp deputy chairman Chase Carey said that the bid had become “too difficult to progress in this climate”.

News Corp’s decision came as MPs were about to debate a motion supported by all major parties – calling on Murdoch to scrap the bid. The motion was approved without a vote.


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July 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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Bahrain hires new US PR support

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

The Kingdom of Bahrain has called in fledging public affairs firm Potomac Square Group to handle US public relations as unrest continues to rock the Middle Eastern nation.

Potomac Square Group – a new firm headed by ex-Wall Street Journal journalist Chris Cooper – was appointed in February to provide strategic PR counsel to the Embassy of Bahrain in the US.

Earlier this week, the Holmes Report revealed that Edelman’s US assignment on behalf of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (EDB) had been suspended. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Edelman Bahrain PR assignment suspended

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Edelman’s PR assignment on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been suspended, following the violent security crackdown in the Middle Eastern nation.

The Holmes Report understands that the account – which covers US work for Bahrain’s Economic Development Board – was effectively stopped on Friday, after a week in which Bahrain’s turmoil escalated significantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Ogilvy PR wins BP 2012 Olympics PR assignment

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Ogilvy PR has been selected to handle PR activities for BP’s 2012 Olympics sponsorship, following a review that was first revealed by the Holmes Report last week.

The win adds to Ogilvy PR’s existing business with BP. Last year, the agency was retained in the US to oversee the oil giant’s digital and social media response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Middle East crisis puts PR firms in the spotlight

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Escalating unrest in several Middle Eastern countries is sparking growing interest in the role PR agencies are playing on behalf of the region’s beleaguered governments.

Facing particular scrutiny is the Government of Bahrain, which has retained Bell Pottinger for the past two years. The agency appears to have expanded its role since first being appointed to promote investment in the country; over the past week, it emerged that Bell Pottinger has helped set up a media centre to help journalists cover protests within the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

Toyota Europe communications chief resigns

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Colin Hensley, who led the communications response to Toyota’s recall crisis last year, has resigned from his position at the automotive giant.

Hensley departs after 15 years with Toyota Europe, most recently as GM of corporate affairs and planning, based in Brussels. He leaves as part of the company’s voluntary resignation programme, and told the Holmes Report that he is now seeking a new “challenging opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »

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February 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

L’Oreal calls in agency for online reputation support

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

L’Oreal UK has stepped up efforts to manage its online reputation, calling in an agency to handle a new group-wide social media brief.

The beauty giant has appointed after working with the monitoring agency on several projects over recent years. The contract starts with the rollout of a digital platform that will enable L’Oreal UK to better track conversations about the company and its brands across social media. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 21, 2011 at 10:13 am