Communicating in a crisis – what the Irish government did wrong (part 1 of 80-180 billion)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

When I talk with my students about PR I explain that the first rule of crisis communication is to 'fess up - get out in front of the rumours and claims, admitting the truth (in order that you can have a say in framing that truth). This week the Irish ...

Irish economy in crisis

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It's not wholly surprising, but it seems possible that the meteoric rise of the Celtic Tiger could very soon be eclipsed by the current free-fall of the Irish economy. Following on from news that the economy fell into recession in the second quarter of 2008 (with two consecutive quarters of declining ...

Postal services in Europe – have your say

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

This from the Comreg list:ComReg was asked by ECORYS for help in identifying consumers who are willing to participate in a short web-survey on customer needs for postal services.  This is part of a study that ECORYS is undertaking for the European Commission on The Main Developments in the Postal ...

The Cliff Richards performance copyright extension

Friday, February 15th, 2008

The EU commission is proposing to extend copyright terms for performers of music, to match the existing terms for composers. The notion of retroactive extension is problematic (though not unprecedented), but there are some interesting aspects to the proposal:For session musicians, the record companies will set up a fund reserving at least ...

Continued EU attacks on public service broadcasting

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The EU continues its slow assault on public service broadcasting (framed as preventing 'unfair' subvention that might interfere with commercial media operations) with a new consultation process into state aid and public broadcasting. The consultation runs until 10th March, 2008, and responses can be made online.

New EU rules permit product placement

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

New EU-wide regulations for product placement in TV content are on the way, after being approved in the European parliament. In the past product placement has not been allowed in many, if not all, EU countries, but that's all about to change. The claim from those pushing product placement is that ...