Denver PR Blog

Long-rumored ESPN Layoffs May Begin Next Week
April 25, 2017, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

The long-rumored mass layoffs at ESPN may begin next week, and they may be larger than expected. From Matt Bonesteel at the Washington Post:

The job cuts, which will come from the network’s sizable stable of on-air and online talent, have long been expected as ESPN looks to pare expenses in the wake of mounting subscriber losses and rising rights fees. Over the past five years, the network has lost somewhere around 12 million subscribers while shelling out billions for the right to televise leagues such as the NFL and NBA.

PR Industry Vets Form Spearca Communications
April 25, 2017, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Former Bawmann Group VPs Maggie Spain, Tammy Stratton and Jennifer Nuhfer have formed Spearca Communications, a full-service, woman-owned strategic marketing and communications agency. Spearca, which means “spark” in Old English, offers communications, marketing & advertising, and digital marketing services.

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Police, CBS Affiliate May Be Hiding Name of NFL Draftee Accused of Sexual Assault
April 25, 2017, 9:32 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Are the Cleveland Police Department and the city’s CBS affiliate conspiring to hide the identity of a projected first-round NFL prospect accused of sexual assault so his draft status won’t be hurt? It would seem so. Barry Petchesky reports:

A player who is expected to go in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft has been accused of sexual assault, according to Cleveland 19 News. But this is a weird one: The station is not naming the player, despite having a statement from his attorney, because the cops are dragging their feet on filing a police report.

UPDATE: TMZ has learned the name of the football player, and not surprisingly he is a local star.

Question of the Day, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
April 24, 2017, 8:37 am
Filed under: Public Relations

How many whistleblowers are required to make federal regulators take accusations of banking fraud seriously? More than 700, apparently.

CORA Law Trips Up Denver Water
April 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Denver Water learned the hard way to watch what you put in emails when you are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). In a 7News investigation related to a bonus awarded to Denver Water’s CEO, investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski captured this email exchange:

Employee #1: “Where are you? We just got a CORA from Channel 7.”

Employee #2: “Home … you can call me. What are they looking for?”

Employee #1 “Glad you’re home and sitting down. You may want to pour a shot of tequila.”

Employee #2: “Fuck. Is it about pension? Or rates? Who is it from?”

7News also published invoices totaling $3,200 from Denver crisis management firm Rockford Gray to media train Denver Water’s CEO and one of its former board members.

DDP Releases Annual ‘State of Downtown Denver’ Report
April 21, 2017, 9:30 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The Downtown Denver Partnership has released its 2017 State of Downtown Denver report. Among the findings:

Our residential population, at the center of one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., is expanding at unprecedented rates. Our diverse economy added close to 6,000 jobs over the past 24 months, bolstered by the arrival of 23 new companies and a nationally recognized culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Chipotle Adds Kelsey as PR/Comms Manager
April 20, 2017, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Chipotle has added Quinn Kelsey as manager of public relations and communications. Kelsey previously was an account supervisor at Olson Engage and a senior account executive at Linhart PR.