March 05, 2006

Vodafone hires Shine for new live music project

Vodafone has hired Shine Communications to support a new live music venture.

Shine has been tasked with building up excitement around a new set of "secret location" gigs as well a new music awards ceremony that Vodafone is organising.

Shine beat off competition in a three-way pitch to win the account.

Borkowski, Vodafone's currrent consumer agency, is unaffected.

From PR Week

Dell looks for new EMEA comms director

Dell is looking for a new EMEA communications director to replace Roger Wilson who is set to retire. Wilson will leave the company when a replacement is found.

PR Week reports that Spencer Stuart has been hired to fill search for potential successors.

Wheeler joins Firefly

Adrian Wheeler has joined Firefly as an non-executive director.

Previously, Wheeler was chairman of GCI Europe.

From PR Week

PR Week gets it wrong about Bite again

What is it with PR Week and Bite?

It's already had to correct last week's story about James Warren.

And then, on the very same page, it gets it wrong again. David Hargreaves, who is now MD of Bite UK, didn't leave Firefly earlier this year. He left in 2002.

It's disapointing that PR Week didn't know this.

After all, it was only two months ago that it ran the story about Hargreaves' appointment as UK MD following Bite's acquisition of Credo (January 6, 2006).

Go back further to 2002, and it was PR Week that broke the story of Hargeaves' departure from Firefly. It appeared online on August 28, 2002 and made the front page in the print edition on September 6, 2002.

Bite appoints new head of consumer

Robin Wilson has been hired by Bite as head of consumer.

He was previously an associate director at Firefly.

Sherly Seitz, the former head of consumer, left Bite last year to join Apple. Rachel Bachman, Bite's head of strategic services, had been overseeing the team since.

From PR Week

O2 hires new lobbyist

O2 is believed to have hired a new group director of public affairs.

Roger Sharp, who is currently special advisor to culture secretary Tessa Jowell, is expected to join the firm after the local elections in May.

Reading today's headlines, you have to wonder which of the two will be leaving government first.

From PR Week