Five big no-no’s for a live TV interview

Much has been made of the mind-bogglingly terrible BBC Newsnight interview given by Lord Tim Bell, the founder of the now-collapsed PR firm Bell Pottinger.  The car-crash appearance came in the wake of its highly controversial work for Oakbay Capital in South Africa, owned by the Gupta family.  Lord Bell made a bad situation worse… Read more »

‘Old media’ stages a (selective) fightback

There has been a lot of talk this year about falling newspaper circulations and declining TV audiences, but recent figures suggest that with all the concern about ‘fake news’ and unreliable websites, sales of many of the more trusted publications are actually  on the rise.  It seems there are plenty of people who, more than… Read more »

You never know who’s listening…

What can we learn from the MP Anne Marie Morris, suspended from the Conservative party for using a phrase that might regrettably have been in occasional use forty or more years ago, but universally seen a utterly indefensible today? She was speaking at a Brexit event at the East India Club in London; for those… Read more »

Engage with the media or face the consequences

It’s a truism that reputation, having taken years to build up, can be lost very quickly.  Over the past few weeks we have been reminded of that by, amongst others, British Airways with its disastrous IT crash, as well as by a certain UK political leader who ill-advisedly called an unnecessary general election.  For any… Read more »