September 25, 2005

Finsbury wins telecoms float

Belgium's Telenet has appointed Finsbury to handle its upcoming stock market float.

Sparx joins up in Europe

Sparx Communications has joined forces with eight other PR firms across Europe in the GlobalCom PR-Network.

Paratus to attract more web award entries

Paratus Communications has been hired to promote the Webby Awards in the UK. The organisers of the Webby Awards, The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is looking for more entries from the UK.

Korean mobile phone company hires agency

V K Mobile has hired Van Communications to raise brand awareness of its fashio-oriented handsets among British women.

Check Point and Firefly break-up

PR Week reports that Check Point is having yet more problems with its PR agencies.

It has split up with Firefly, who won the account earlier this year ( Axicom and Check Point), and has shortlisted five agencies for the latest review.

Firefly MD Mark Mellor says "We had to terminate the relationship because the professional side was lacking and we weren't being paid." He also says that a settlement has now been reached with Check Point.

Margaret van Kinschot, EMEA PR manager at Check Point, commented "Because of issues beyond our control, there was a financial disagreement which has been resolved by headquarters."

(Full story on Page 3, PR Week, 23 September 2005)

Kodak hires new PR director from Motorola

Patrick Hamilton has joined Kodak as PR director for its digital and film imaging systems division in EMEA.

Hamilton was previously with Motorola as head of corporate communications for the UK and Ireland.

No announcement has been made by Motorola as to his replacement.

September 18, 2005

More changes at 3

3 has hired Media Strategy as its public affairs agency, ending its relationship with Lexington Communications which had held the account for four years (

As well as beating Lexington, PR Week reports that Media Strategy won the pitch against H&K, AS Biss and Four Communications.

Four in bid for Symantec work

Symantec is reviewing its UK PR following its acquisition of Vertias.

Six Degrees, Bite, Buffalo and Catalysis are reported by PR Week to be in the running.

The two biggest losers are potentially Six Degrees and Bite, which represent Symantec and Vertias respectively.

New tech head at H&K

Mark Jackson has joined H&K to head up its technology business.

Jackson has been freelancing for H&K since resigning from Inferno earlier this year.

More agency changes at Phones 4 U

Phones 4 U is hunting for a new consumer PR agency.

Incumbent Brazen has resigned the account after winning business from T-Mobile earlier in the year, citing conflict of interest.

September 13, 2005

Caudwell hires financial PR agency

PR Week is reporting that Smithfield has been appointed by The Caudwell Group (owner of Phones4U) to provide financial PR support.

In August, NM Rothschild was appointed to advise the group on its strategic options. Founder John Caudwell is widely believed to be looking for an exit strategy either through an IPO or a trade-sale.

Hong Kong telecoms firm hires new adviser

PCCW has hired Duncan Burke to advise its UK subsidiary UK Broadband as its launches a wireless service called Now. Burke was previously at GlaxoSmithKline as VP of corporate image and reputation.

JCPR goes Orange

In a continued effort to re-vitalise its brand, Orange has called in Jackie Cooper PR. The appointment comes only a few weeks after Scott Jacobson joined the mobile operator as UK PR director (

JCPR used to handle PR for O2 until losing the account earlier in the year (

September 12, 2005

Takeover frenzy - Skype and Oracle

So, two rumours have been confirmed today.

One is fairly recent - Skype has sold out to eBay for just $2.6 billion

The other deal has long been predicted - Oracle's takeover of Siebel for $5.85 billion

Another interesting (intriguing?) day in the development of the IT market.

September 05, 2005

It's all black and white for Lewis

Lewis has won Zebra Technologies' PR account, thought to be worth £150,000.

The barcode and labelling company also considered Golin Harris and Nick Spencer PR.

Fox Parrack Hirsch was the incumbent.

Banner account up for review

Inclarity is reviewing its PR just six months after hiring Banner. A new sales and marketing director - Peter Beaumont - is behind the move. The company is in talks with Banner and two other agencies.

MessageLabs goes with Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick has been appointed by MessageLabs to look after PR across Europe. Weber Shandwick replaces HBL Media, who held the account for five years.

Iike Kaufmann, EMEA PR manager, has also left the company. She ran the re-pitch but left after a falling out with corporate communications director Shelley Driscoll reports PR Week.

Yahoo! hires new European comms chief

David Sawday has joined Yahoo! as European director of corporate communications.

He was previously at Big Food Group which he left in March when it was taken over.

Sawday replaces Sue Jackson who moved to Discovery Networks Europe earlier this year.