The PR Guru

December 14, 2010

Image of police is going to suffer due to atrocious illegal actions by officers during student protests

Police launched an internal investigation last night after footage emerged of a man being pulled out of his wheelchair and dragged across the road by an officer during Thursday’s student protest in London.

The grainy video on YouTube does not show the moment Jody McIntyre leaves his wheelchair but shows the 21 year old being dragged to the side of the road by an officer.

McIntyre was interviewed by BBC’s Ben Brown last night.

During the interview, Jody talks of how the media has ignored people like Alfie Meadows, who had to be hospitalised after receiving brain injuries, and what the media reaction would have been if Charles or Camilla were in the same situation. As expected, the presenter completely ignores that and asks whether Jody himself had thrown missiles at the police.

The presenter then later asks whether Jody had shouted anything that would have induced the police to take action.

McIntyre said it was the second time police had pulled him from his wheelchair during the protest. He said in the first incident several officers lifted him from his chair and carried him 100 yards.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police service said that although no complaint had been received it had launched an investigation: “As a result of media coverage, the MPS directorate of professional standards is investigating the circumstances surrounding this matter.”

There has been mounting pressure on Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson after footage emerged showing an officer policing Thursday’s student protests not wearing identification.

Following the G20 protests last year, during which Ian Tomlinson died after being pushed to the ground by a police officer not wearing ID, Stephenson said it was “absolutely unacceptable” for officers to cover or remove their shoulder tags bearing identification numbers. However, a video taken by one of the protesters at Thursday’s London demonstration clearly shows an officer not displaying her ID.

On The Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 this morning, Chris Moyles said that the BBC have been flooded with complaints about the interview Ben Brown did.

The complete opposite to this is the news that one of America’s top foreign policy advisors, Richard Holbrooke died following surgery to repair a torn aorta. His last words were “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.” He has been praised by the president and all the American government for his passion and dedication to peace.

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November 22, 2010

Ellie Goulding reaches the height of popularity

She’s been trending on twitter for days now, and it seems that singer Ellie Goulding’s career has reached its peak. This weekend she played three very different London gigs in three nights, including T4’s Stars of 2010 at Earls Court yesterday.

Aside from this, her cover of Elton John’s Your Song had reached number 3 in the charts.

The other two shows were a gig in Hammersmith and an acoustic church gig organised by DJ Jo Whiley to support her chosen charity.

She also managed to impress everyone at the latter gig, turning a completely unamplified solo rendition of The End into the biggest triumph of the night.

Goulding is dating Radio 1 DJ Greg James and she has even managed the impossible – making fitness cool to young people.

However, the odds were stacked against her making it in the music industry after a tough upbringing.

Her dad walked out when she was just five, leaving her mum to bring up four children.

Ellie hated her stepdad and witnessed some traumatic scenes growing up, including visits from bailiffs who repossessed the TV as she sat watching it with her brother and sisters.

These experiences just serve to make what she has acheived all the more extraordinary and helped her popularity grow to this immense level.

Doctor Who Christmas Special hopes for ratings galore by making Katherine Jenkins the first person ever to sing in the programme

On Friday’s Children in Need, the Doctor Who Christmas Special had its preview and I was shocked to see that opera singer Katherine Jenkins would be one of the cast members.

This is a remarkable peice of PR for the BBC, who have decided to do they can to attract the most amount of viewers possible.

Jenkins will sing a love song in a futuristic take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – itself being a really unique idea and one that is sure to entertain.

It will be the first time in the 47 years the sci-fi show has been on television that a musical performance will be integrated into a storyline.

Welsh singer Katherine is to perform a track specially-written by Murray Gold – who pens all the music for the show.

A source told the Daily Star: “It’s going to be an amazing surprise. We have never had anyone burst into song on Doctor Who. It’s a TV first for us. This will send ratings sky high.”

The episode is also hoping to attract viewers by including Harry Potter star Sir Michael Gambon as the futuristic Scrooge.

Matt Smith who plays The Doctor and Karen Gillan who plays his companion Amy Pond will set out on adventure to show Scrooge the error of his ways.

Creator Steven Moffat said: “It’s like a compilation of every Christmas movie – a big Christmas treat.”

The stars are also set to become Radio 1 DJs as they step in for a guest-presenting slot next month. Matt and Karen will be manning the decks on Christmas Eve.

Radio 1 bosses have also lined up a series of appearances from chart and TV stars over the festive period, including Pixie Lott, Plan B, Nicole Scherzinger, Tinie Tempah, N-Dubz and Gavin And Stacey star James Corden.

November 19, 2010

Chris Brown turns bad PR into positive PR by completing community service to a high standard, and Glee has become such a phenomenon that a UK tour has been announced, but will See Tickets and Ticketmaster be able to cope this time?

US singer Chris Brown has earned the praise of a judge in Los Angeles, and of the press in return, by consistently completing his community service work.

The 21 year old was given five years of probation last August and six months of community labour after pleading guilty to assaulting pop star Rihanna.

Brown, recently seen in the film Takers alongside Matt Dillon, Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen has been cleaning roads and removing graffiti in his home state of Virginia.

On Thursday he came in front of the judge who said “Out of thousands of probationers, no one has done a better or more consistent job than you have.”

This comes as much needed PR at a time when Brown has almost completed the domestic violence counselling he was required to undertake and could soon be a free man.

Brown was arrested in February 2009 after attacking Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

The singer, whose hits include Run It! and Kiss Kiss, later said he was ashamed of his actions and seems to have proven that to be the case.

Other massive news today is that the American TV series Glee, created by Ryan Murphy for Fox, has announced a live concert tour of the UK which will take place next summer.

The cast will perform two dates at London’s O2 Arena on 25th and 26th June and at Manchester’s MEN Arena on 22nd June, with performances from stars such as Lea Michele and Cory Monteith.

Glee has become such a phenomenon that all the shows stars, including Matthew Morrison, are now famous throughout the world and they know that this tour will be a guaranteed hit. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday 26th November and will cost between £45 and £55.

The news was revealed on Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1 show.

The show will feature songs from the Emmy award-winning programme including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ Empire State of Mind, Britney Spears’ Toxic, Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You and, of course, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

However, in my opinion this is not enough dates, because there are lots of Glee fans and, knowing how popular the Take That concert was, I think MANY MANY fans will be disappointed. I am sure See Tickets and Ticketmaster will crash again.

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