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  • Portland strengthens corporate practice with two senior appointments

    Portland, London’s fastest-growing independent communications consultancy, is strengthening its corporate offer with two new senior hires to its communications practice. Adrian Warr, former Associate Board Director at Freud Communications, and Caroline Edgar, previously an Account Director in Cohn & Wolfe’s corporate division, both join Portland this month. Portland rose from #30 to #7 in PR […]

    Television: Life beyond the wasteland

    Every August Bank Holiday the television industry travels North to spend a few days talking about itself. The centrepiece of the Edinburgh Television Festival is the Mactaggart lecture, this year being delivered by Eric Schmidt of Google. To the neutral observer this has to be good news. It breaks the cycle of lectures which one […]

    The Coalition Government’s End of Term Report

    A collection of public affairs professionals brought together by Portland have given David Cameron a solid B for his performance as PM this year. The Premier was seen as having put in a steady but slightly below par 12 months, according to the group of government relations experts. But Mr Cameron’s End of Term report […]

    Taking the politics out of regulation…and regulators out of politics

    In 2009 David Cameron gave a speech at a Reform event setting out what a future Government under his leadership would do to the nation’s quangos. “With a Conservative government, Ofcom as we know it will cease to exist,” he said. “Its remit will be restricted to its narrow technical and enforcement roles. It will no longer […]

    The battle for Britain’s high street

    There’s a new political battleground. While politicians once argued about who could be toughest on crime, now they wrangle over how tough they can be on supermarket monopolies. Supermarkets are an important feature of the high street, but things could get tough when the localism bill becomes law. Labour leader Ed Miliband kicked off the debate, […]

    Bell Sounds For new Communications Act

    The first phase of consultation on the next Communications Bill closes today. To say the review, which kicked off in May, was long awaited would be something of an understatement. In a world where the boundaries between TV, the internet and video on-demand are increasingly blurred, there are divisive issues to address on how, or if, […]

    Keeping the lights on

    The Government is shortly expected to confirm its vision for the future of UK energy supplies in the Electricity Market Review (EMR).  After consulting on proposals announced before Christmas, it is widely thought the review will confirm significant subsidies for large-scale renewables and new nuclear at the expense of fossil fuels. The politics of coalition […]

    DSK KO’d

    The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Saturday in New York has had the effect of a political cataclysm in France. Opposition leader Martine Aubry, one of DSK’s closest allies, described the news as a “thunderbolt” on Sunday. This quickly turned into a hurricane when the world saw one of its most powerful figures led handcuffed […]

    Is it such a bad thing that London is PR capital of the world?

    Is it a bad thing that London has become the world capital for reputational management, including for leaders we would not want running our own country? If all that PR companies do is advise undemocratic countries on how to stay undemocratic, put a positive gloss on human rights abuses, and continue to exercise control of […]

    Don’t raise our rents!

    The Portland team have been busy this week launching a new campaign on behalf of the Scouting Association aimed at raising awareness of high rent and rate increases inflicted on them by local authorities around the country. Some of the increases threaten local Scout groups with closure or massive rises in subs and cuts to […]

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