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Bridge the Gap – Google boss snubs US Senate – offers to send lawyer instead – declined!

The BBC are reporting that Google’s Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai, will NOT be appearing in front of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, offering to send one of his top lawyers instead. The offer was promptly shut down by the committee who will be leaving an “Empty Chair”

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Academies can be caught off guard by sensationalist media coverage

It is not always the more obvious “scandals” which cause Academies and other types of school a media headache. Expect the unexpected, would seem to be the lesson to be learned from the recent media coverage of a girl who shaved her head for charity being placed

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Crisis Communications – lessons to be learned from Grenfell Tower

Some basic lessons in Crisis Communications were not followed here. We have three simple rules for Crisis Communications: Act promptly. Interestingly, Kensington and Chelsea Council did act promptly, of sorts, in that a helpline number was there on Breakfast TV a few hours after the building caught

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A Hung Parliament – the price for avoiding the TV cameras ?

In 2010 Nick Clegg came from nowhere to become Deputy Prime Minister mainly due to his impressive performances in three TV debates against David Cameron and Gordon Brown. Compare that to Theresa May avoiding the cameras in any TV debate where she would be pitted against leaders

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Select Committee Appearance – Ordeal or Opportunity?

Facing a Select Committee is no picnic as several high profile performances have recently demonstrated. Even the most experienced executives can be left floundering or appear evasive when asked about company tax arrangements or their own salary. Any big news story can trigger a select committee session.

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Building positive stories in changing times

We’re exhibiting again this year at the National Housing Federation Communications and Marketing Conference. I love the strap line for this conference. It says exactly what we’ve been doing over the last seventeen years, through some of the most challenging times. Although the issues facing social housing are often complex

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Education in the spotlight

Education is increasingly coming under the media spotlight. Earlier this year it was due to changes in how schools are funded, run and managed. Later we had the usual media feast of praise, or blame and shame, as the summer exam results were announced. But how prepared are Headteachers and

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Protecting Your Reputation

In the final days before the General Election many voters are still undecided, not just about who will run the country, but also who to vote for in their local elections. Only one thing is certain, that’s uncertainty, even at local level. It could be that there

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Communicating Public Health messages

Public health is a high profile operation that touches everybody’s lives, so using the media to change behaviour and promote healthier life styles is an opportunity not to be missed. But how do you promote stories that are so often buried in government statistics or appear to be

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Key Principles Of Dealing With A Media Crisis

When a crisis hits, protecting your reputation is vital. Coming across as a caring, competent and well prepared organisation goes a long way to mitigating the damage of a crisis. Updating and refreshing the media skills of your key spokespeople should be done routinely. If you’re reading this

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