Blagger’s Blog— Whale talk, Huawei screen ads, northern revolt

 “I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales…” 

US President Donald Trump introducing the world to a previously unknown royal on Twitter in defence of his competence as a world leader.

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Power Up The North

More than 30 newspapers and websites across the North of England are demanding politicians lay out concrete plans to bridge the north-south divide in a campaign launched this week— read our take on the Power Up The North movement.

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Huawei— the Chinese tech giant at the centre of the UK’s 5G dispute— is being criticised for rolling out lock screen adverts on some of its devices, promoting Booking.com. Highly intrusive and hardly good PR for a brand already in crisis.

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LinkedIn has officially launches photo tagging and video options within messaging.

This year’s Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has garnered more than 30,000 award category entries.

Channel 4 staff in London are reportedly being hesitant to relocate to Leeds ahead of the broadcaster’s partial move north.

From our blog

PR to the people: We back the Power Up North campaign

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Blagger’s Blog— Smoking Gun’s weekly roundup of media news, sans effort.