The PR Guru

November 3, 2010

Gareth Thomas and Nick Clegg anger students, whilst Christine Bleakely defends Daybreak and Katie Price raises Loose Women viewers

Politicans once again come out with remarks before thinking of the consequences.

Gareth Thomas has today announced that “students will be forced to choose the cheapest course, not the one that’s best for them”, which is obviously something that he should not be saying.

The government should make sure that they do everything in their power to ensure that students can study what they want to.

It is a knock on effect on the decline in money and the increase in tuiton fees, yes, but still I think they should have at least attempted to sound more optistic and not so blatently depressing.

Clegg and Cable are being attacked, saying they are betraying students – and who can blame everyone for doing so. Our country should not have come to this.

Also speaking without thinking of the consequences is Kevin Garnett, who called Charlie Villanueva a cancer patient during an NBA Basketball game. When will these famous people ever learn that one wrong thing they say makes them trending topics on Twitter – for all the wrong reasons.

The third, and final, instance of this cropping up on my Twitter feed today is the recollection of when Kayne West said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people (during the televised concert for Hurrican Relief in 2005).” That, at the time, provided some very bad PR for the then President – but now Bush is getting his own back by publishing it in his new book.

In his memoir, Decision Points, which will be released on Tuesday, Bush says that Kanye’s comment “was one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency . . . It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”

Trying to turn poor ratings into success, however, is Daybreak host Christine Bleakley – who has defended the show by saying it has been undergoing teething problems.

The average viewer numbers fell to about 600,000 – a third of the audience for BBC Breakfast.

At its launch in September, one million viewers tuned in to the morning show but the numbers have vastly reduced.

Not having to fight for viewers, however, is the ITV programme Loose Women, which today invited Katie Price into the studio. “Loose Women” is not trending on Twitter and it seems that getting her in the studio was a great decision by producers.

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