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Yorkshire Post journalist Rob Waugh has made the shortlist for the prestigious Paul Foot Award. The award, set up by Private Eye and the Guardian in memory of the renowned journalist, seeks to reward investigative or campaigning work.

BBC programmes broadcast from MediaCityUK have been severely affected by today's strike by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Many of the corporation's journalists have joined a 24-strike in a dispute over 30 compulsory redundancies at BBC Scotland, Five Live, the Asian Network and the World Service.

Manchester-based Creative Spark has appointed direct marketing and ecommerce specialist Hannah White as its new managing director. White, who has had spells in the marketing departments of both JJB Sports and, joins the digital branding agency as it celebrates a decade in business.

A company which promised to create hundreds of jobs in Liverpool by producing media content, will no longer receive an estimated £1m+ of Government funding. The Listen Media Company was essentially a shell company registered to an address in Cambridge when it first secured the Regional Growth Fund cash.

Jean-Philippe Glaskie, the boss of Peppermint PR in Hale says the agency has “very ambitious plans for growth” with 6 account wins already in 2013.

“[We] are gunning to build exponentially on the success of the last 12 months. I’m delighted that we’ve kick-started the year with a raft of new clients, which confirm our longstanding track record in diverse sectors, including professional services, retail and food.”

CTI Digital director, Steve Wrigley, has announced that he’s to leave the company. Wrigley has spent more than 3 years at CTI Digital including a 6 month stint as managing director.

There will be a bit of badge swap going on at Blue Peter tomorrow as the show honours Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive with its highest accolade, a gold Blue Peter badge. Not to be outdone, the senior vice president of industrial design for Apple (and lifelong Blue Peter fan) created a unique solid aluminium version in return.

Salford City Council has officially started the tendering process for an operator to run its Interactive Media Labs at The Landing, after iBurbia pulled out of the contract.

As previously reported on Prolific North, iBurbia withdrew from The Landing last year, saying they intended to set up their own rival operation in the centre of Manchester.

Brazen has won a year-long digital contract from Ronseal to work on its online and social media channels. It’s in addition to the consumer PR brief already held by the Manchester agency.

The DIY brand plans to “seriously ramp up” the content and engagement of its online and social media channels in 2013.

Ofcom has announced that Made In Leeds has won the city’s local television licence, which marks the third win for the Made Television group.

It beat 4 other applicants to the licence, which runs for a period of up to 12 years, with a potential reach of 840,000 homes.


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