The new rules for pre-recorded TV interviews

What is the ‘etiquette’ in a pre-recorded TV interview when a guest fluffs his or her lines and wants another go, or hasn’t got an answer to the question and wants time to think, or wants a question re-phrased because they feel it is predicated on a factual inaccuracy? It is common practice to take… Read more »

Inside Jobsworths, or: Excuse me, Professor?

For those who haven’t been along to see ‘Inside Job’, the documentary film on the recent financial crisis, I heartily recommend searching it out – though you won’t find it at many multiplexes. It sounds dry but is in fact entertaining, depressing and mind-boggling all at the same time, with some illuminating media training lessons… Read more »

Sir Fred named, and shamed

Super-injunctions, eh – don’tcha just love’em? This week’s bizarre events – with former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin revealed in parliament as the man behind a super-injunction so all-encompassing that it forbade publication even of the fact that the man involved was a banker – reaffirms my view that these blunt legal… Read more »

Lazy hacks churn out PR guff shocker

Latest on the ‘churnalism’ debate – the apparently increasing practice of newspaper and website journalists producing copy by the simple expedient of rewriting – or in some cases just reprinting – press releases, avoiding the tedious process of actually having to bother to check any facts. A new website created by a charity called the… Read more »