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Leeds agency Brass has been appointed by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to launch a campaign to help SMEs develop global markets by trading online. Brass is tasked with developing an integrated marketing campaign - set for launch next month - to target companies at different stages of their "internet journey".

York Mailing has appointed a new chairman and non-executive director to assist with its growth plans. Richard Connell joins the print company as chairman, while Judith Donovan CBE becomes a non-executive director.

A BBC Radio Stoke DJ has allegedly passed out live on air, only months after appearing to be drunk while broadcasting on the same station. Paula White was conducting an interview with an exotic pets expert when listeners heard her struggling to say the word "exotic". A song was played but when it finished, there was silence.

The trailer has been released for a unique feature film directed by conceptual artist James Shovlin.

Produced by Cornerhouse Artist Film in Manchester, the piece explores the making of the “gloriously sleazy” Hiker Meat - an imagined 1970s exploitation film, made by the fictitious Italian director, Jesus Rinzoli.

Broadcasting union, Bectu, says it wants to hear from staff at BBC Religion & Ethics at MediaCityUK following complaints about “lack of respect, an inappropriate management style and bullying behaviour.”
According to Bectu, many people in the department report feeling “undervalued and under-developed.”

The Post Office has announced that it’s seeking PR agencies specialising in corporate, consumer brand and financial services.
Its current PR roster is due to expire in 2014 and it states that opportunities will be available across all sectors.

Former BBC political editor, John Cole, has died aged 85, after a long illness.
He spent almost 20 years at The Guardian, then based in Manchester starting out as labour correspondent, then news editor and finally deputy editor before heading to The Observer in 1975 as deputy editor.

Investments of up to £1.4m could be made in hyperlocal media technology projects designed to serve communities in the UK.
The Technology Strategy board alongside Nesta will be setting aside £2.5m to invest in up to 5 “demonstrator” projects ranging in size from £700k to £1.4m in total costs.

SIS Live is installing a new iDirect hub at MediaCityUK to provide IP services to its UK and overseas customers.

It will work alongside its existing iDirect services, which have operated out of its Milton Keynes base since 2007 and has been installed to provide greater resilience and to develop and expand new IP over satellite services.

Digital Next has set up its own version of Britain’s Got Talent, by talent spotting youngsters and helping to boost their online profile.
The first recipient is 15-year-old football freestyler, Kieran Brown, who’s already got nearly 350,000 Facebook likes and shares, but until now didn’t have a website.

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