Over egging? Humour meets Twitter head on – this time it works

Nick Clegg - Image by the Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg – Image by the Liberal Democrats

Throwing eggs and other bakery related goods is not just confined to Justin Bieber but it’s a bit of a British tradition, with previous Prime Ministers and party leaders not exempt from this form of protest.

Memorable moments such as then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s infamous run in with an egg wielding citizen back in 2001, or more recently, UK Opposition leader Ed Miliband being the target of a spontaneous, politically motivated egging whilst on the campaign trail at a street market in London last year.

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Don’t be anti-social on social media this year: the biggest social media gaffes of 2013

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Following on from some terrible mishandling of social media in 2013 by household names such as British Gas, Ryanair and Burger King, we look at the ways we think are best to handle social media. Continue reading

A little (Royal) bundle of PR joy

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Image Credit: Carmen Rodriguez NSP

How the new Royal is helping to further modernise the British monarchy

So the long-awaited arrival of the third in line to the UK throne is over. On the afternoon of Monday 22nd July, at around twenty-five past four, a baby boy, George Alexander Louis, was safely delivered at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London weighing 8lb 6oz. It will be a number of years before the young Prince of Cambridge realises that he was born to ‘reign over us’ – as the UK national Anthem suggests – and that his life is much departed from the typical life of his subjects. Continue reading

Press censorship – The hypocrisy of Hacked Off

Author: Piotr VaGla Waglowski, http://www.vagla.pl

Author: Piotr VaGla Waglowski, http://www.vagla.pl

Andrew Gilligan is one ex-BBC journalist I have a lot of time for. He started off as a rather left of centre commentator who had his life changing baptism late on in his career when, as a journalist on BBC’s Radio 4, he reported on The Today Programme that a British government briefing paper on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction (the September Dossier) had been ‘sexed up’. His report was based on a private meeting (undisclosed in his report) with respected scientist, former UN weapons inspector, and current UK Ministry of Defence weapons inspector Dr David Kelly. Continue reading

Drop the dead donkey? No way!

UK media scoop Dead Donkey story

For the first time, UK journalists didn’t have to drop the dead donkey (journo jargon for a news item of no real significance placed at the end of a news bulletin or as a filler in a newspaper that is designed to be removed if a more significant story needs extra time or space). Continue reading

Lance Armstrong’s confessional on the Oprah Winfrey ‘couch’

Oprah at her 50th birthday party

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A tale of two PR Agendas

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is the latest celebrity to sit down with Oprah Winfrey, America’s de facto confessor, for a “no-holds-barred” two-part confessional. The two-part interview in which Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing substances during his heralded career after he had steadfastly denied doping allegations, was aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications. Continue reading

Tarantino’s tantrum: Defying the PR rule book

Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director known for his violent – and popular – movies, launched into nothing short of a melt-down last week, when questioned by Channel Four News presenter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, over whether there is any link between movie violence and real life violence. Tarantino flew off the handle, bounding, wide-eyed and clammy from one PR blunder to the next. Continue reading

Rant or Reason?

PR and winning the debate

Piers MorganImage credit: Cow PR

Piers Morgan
Image credit: Cow PR

Losing your temper is rarely a recipe for PR success but, as in the case of radio host Alex Jones, blowing off steam can really damage the credence given to your side of the story.

Following Piers Morgan’s (host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight) less-than-even-handed labelling of gun advocate Larry Prattas an “incredibly stupid man”, radio host Alex Jones organised a petition calling for the British interviewer’s deportation. Cheers could be heard all around the UK – except it would mean that Piers would come back to haunt the UK media rather than the US. Continue reading

A New Year’s Resolution: Promise not to promise anymore

Photo by Carmello Fernando

Photo by Carmello Fernando

New Year is, traditionally, a time when we commit to diets, teetotalism, fitness regimes or generally being more laudable people in a promise – to ourselves more than anyone else – to be ‘better’ somehow. And, traditionally, we tend to break those promises after (and this is, admittedly, a wild approximation) a month. But while a cheeky glass of Chenin or going a fortnight without Zumba may be a New Year’s promise broken they are not, generally speaking, fatal – either literally or metaphorically.

But rash promises made to others – particularly to the media – really can be fatal to one’s reputation, especially when they are unambiguous, cast-iron pledges. Here are some examples of those who learnt the hard way: Continue reading

Hacked off with Hugh Grant? Well Jon Stewart is!

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Hugh Grant speaking a at Hacked Off Event
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So Jon Stewart, many in the media thank you for daring to say to Hugh Grant what a lot of the UK media has wanted to say for sometime – that he is “a big pain in the ass”! But Hugh Grant has been waging his own war against the media – so he’s had some delicate handling by the hacks.
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