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  • UBM sells PR Newswire to Cision for $841 mln Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    Dec 15- UBM Plc said it had agreed to sell its press release distributor PR Newswire to Cision, a business controlled by GTCR Canyon Holdings, for $841 million. The deal is subject to antitrust clearance in the United States and completion is expected in the first quarter of 2016, the company said. Reuters reported earlier that Cision, a provider of public...

  • Chipotle is stuck in a 'fiasco vortex' Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | 2:39 PM ET

    Here's the real problem for Chipotle, says crisis-management expert Eric Dezenhall.

  • INSIGHT-Bad Saudi PR fuels riyal devaluation talk Thursday, 26 Nov 2015 | 8:38 AM ET

    DUBAI, Nov 26- Speculation that Saudi Arabia could devalue its currency may owe more to a poor public relations effort by Saudi authorities than to the economic pressures on the kingdom. Riyadh has the tools available to protect itself as low oil prices push the current account and budget balances of the world's top crude exporter deep into deficit, senior...

  • BOSTON, Oct 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman told his investors on Friday that he was confident in his bet on Valeant Pharmaceuticals but faulted the company for a weak response to fraud allegations that have sunk its stock. CVS Health Corp and Express Scripts dropped Philidor from their networks on Thursday. Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management...

  • Who scored the highest at the GOP debate? Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    Republican candidates at the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado.

    Some came across like kids, others likes puppets. Here's how media strategist Mark Macias scores the GOP candidates' performance at the last debate.

  • Biden's not running. What happens now? Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 | 12:38 PM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden looks on as U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington October 22, 2015.

    Who are the winners (besides Hillary) with Biden's choice to not run for president? And who are the losers?

  • United statements on CEO 'didn't do them any good' Monday, 19 Oct 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    Oscar Munoz

    United Continental has issued two vague statements since CEO Oscar Munoz was hospitalized.

  • Why Joe Biden should wait to jump in Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:47 AM ET
    Joe Biden

    Joe Biden in 2016? No need to rush, says consultant Mark Macias. Here's how the vice president can gain by taking his time.

  • Does nationalisation have public support in the UK? Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 2:25 AM ET
    Does nationalisation have public support in the UK?

    Peter Kellner, Yougov president, says he would be astonished if Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wants to nationalise Britain's railways, becomes prime minister in the next general election.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 24-- Can the coal industry win a public relations battle, and does it even matter if it can't? Does this mean that the Minerals Council of Australia's new, and seemingly costly, campaign in support of the fuel is simply raging against the inevitable, or does it herald a new front in the war between coal miners and anti-coal...

  • UBM confirms talks to sell PR Newswire Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    Sept 23- British communications and events company UBM Plc said on Wednesday it was in "highly preliminary" talks about a sale of press release distributor PR Newswire. UBM, which has been looking to sell the business since April, said it was in talks with a number of parties but there was no certainty about a deal being reached. Reuters reported on Tuesday that...

  • Sept 22- Cision, a provider of public relations software and intelligence, is working on a bid to acquire press release distributor PR Newswire Association LLC, according to people familiar with the matter. Cision, owned by private equity firm GTCR LLC, is participating in an auction run by British communications and events company UBM Plc, which owns PR Newswire,...

  • Scott Walker drops out—who wins? Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015 | 11:25 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., and Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, walk on stage during the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

    Scott Walker dropped out of the GOP primary race. So, who wins — from a media perspective?

  • 8 debate questions GOP candidates should expect Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015 | 1:06 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take the stage for the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The last GOP debate was pretty fiery. Here are 8 questions media strategist Mark Macias says the candidates need to be ready for this time.

  • Havas CEO: China has interesting opportunities Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 8:34 PM ET
    Havas CEO: China has interesting opportunities

    Yannick Bollore, chairman and CEO of French advertising conglomerate Havas, says the shift in China's economy is "not bad" for industries such as advertising.

  • Can Carly Fiorina go all the way? Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:39 PM ET
    Carly Fiorina campaigning in Iowa last June.

    Carly Fiorina is impressive in interviews and debates. Here's how she can get closer to the GOP nomination, says media strategist Mark Macias.

  • Ashley Madison hack: Can the company recover? Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 2:47 PM ET
    Ashley Madison website

    Here's what Ashley Madison can do to regain the public's trust after the hack, says media consultant Marc Macias.

  • How Hillary Clinton's campaign is getting it wrong Thursday, 13 Aug 2015 | 10:59 AM ET
    Hillary Clinton at a town meeting event at Exeter High School in Exeter, N.H. on Aug. 10, 2015.

    Hillary Clinton's camp is running the wrong kind of campaign, but Mark Macias says there's still time to turn it around if they takes these steps.

  • What Trump and Bush did wrong in the debate Friday, 7 Aug 2015 | 10:45 AM ET
    Real estate tycoon Donald Trump (L) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) arrive on stage for the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Trump made a big mistake in the GOP debate. And Bush? Mark Macias says he's seen stronger fights on "Gossip Girl." Here's what they did wrong.

  • Vroom! Vroom! Scott Walker needs to suit up Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rides a motorcycle near Boone, Iowa in June.

    Media consultant Mark Macias offers up his advice for what Scott Walker needs to do to get America's attention.