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BBC 50:50 The Equality Project

As a BBC producer I heard many outstanding female voices – from presenter Anne Robinson cross-examining CEOs on BBC Watchdog, to numerous female Executive Producers standing up to big bullying businesses trying to kill a great story.

I was part of production teams crafting complex programmes in challenging circumstances. These experiences shaped my own voice, including in the media training room, where I support people preparing to go on the record or in day to day interactions providing crisis management and corporate communications support.

BBC 50:50 The Equality Project
BBC’s 50:50 Equality Project aimed at creating content that fairly represents the world, by ensuring a balance of voices.

So I was delighted when our clients Addleshaw Goddard announced their partnership with the BBC’s 50:50 Equality Project aimed at creating journalism and media content that fairly represents the world, by ensuring a balance of voices. Addleshaw Goddard is the first law firm to partner on the project, joining 70 organisations in over 20 countries, including the Financial Times, Australia’s ABC News, Unilever, Balfour Beatty and PwC.

We worked with Justine Delroy, who heads up Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial tax and structuring team, as she stepped up for the announcement, becoming ‘the face’ for the launch and related media requests. And in preparing, we reflected on her story, as a lawyer starting out and how this inspired her to lead the firm’s Gender Working Group. As always it is the personal insights which bring an interview to life.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard are counting every voice put forward for media opportunities, press releases and awards. They are sharing data with the Equality Project and aim to increase profile-raising opportunities for women within the firm. It has been unexpected and much welcomed, as my TV and communications worlds collide and I look forward to hearing from and working with many more emerging and established female voices.

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Just say no – is it ever right to refuse an interview?

Jeremy Corbyn & Tom WatsonYesterday morning on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme, Nick Robinson made a not insignificant point of letting listeners know that Jeremy Corbyn was “unavailable” for an interview. Robinson, reporting from the Labour Party Conference said Corbyn had been offered the pick of any time slot he wanted. But there was no Mr Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson stepped up instead.

It’s unusual for a political leader not to give an interview to the Today programme during party conference season. But who says anyone has to give an interview? Continue reading “Just say no – is it ever right to refuse an interview?”

Kudos to my ex colleagues at BBC Watchdog

BMW

Credit to BBC Watchdog for their investigation on last night’s programme which lead to BMW announcing a recall of hundreds of thousands of cars.

The truth is that no one really knows what goes on inside an organisation during a crisis, apart from the people managing it.  There are often multiple business objectives which reach far beyond being featured on the programme.  Continue reading “Kudos to my ex colleagues at BBC Watchdog”

Inside a Crisis

Inside a Crisis

Fly on the wall TV, sometimes known as ‘obs docs’ (observational documentaries), are familiar fodder for prime time television. They have bred their own genre of satire, such as W1A and anti-heroes like Malcolm Tucker. But there remains some uncharted territory, and done right this obs doc would be a real eye opener. Inside a Crisis – The Comms Insider – impossible to make, impossible to get legal to sign off and impossible to resist for fly on the wall fans.

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