Journalism posts

Broadcast PR Campaigns Amidst Brexit
05.02.19

And just like that, January 2019 and all the broadcast PR campaigns about health and resolutions, has come to an end – over in a flash (or maybe not for those whose month has been drier than others). February often seems quite frantic and by March, ordinarily, the year has found its regular pace. Not this year though….

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Getting a word in edgeways…..(Or how not to get lost on a panel!) 
07.01.19

I was feeling less nervous than the previous time. I can’t have been that bad I thought, as I made my way to BBC Broadcasting House to take part in Radio 4’s The Media Show, or they wouldn’t have invited me back.

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The benefits of Broadcast PR
06.11.18
You’ve spent months developing your campaign, have perfected the key messages and completed the final touches. So how do you now make sure it reache...
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‘Tis the season of change in broadcasting
23.10.18
It’s been all change in the showbiz world, with seemingly secure presenters upping sticks and leaving their audiences wondering who will fill the pr...
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Shout Communications’ Big Talk October 2018
17.10.18
Gender diversity, attracting younger audiences and making news a conversation… news is modernising to keep up with the audiences, according to our...
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Do as I say, not as I do! Appearing on Radio 4’s The Media Show
18.09.18
As predicted, despite having been a broadcast journalist for many years and media training spokespeople for almost as long, it’s still quite a nail...
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Dave Terris, Editor of Sky News Radio- Small Talk
06.09.18
We recently had the pleasure of hosting Dave Terris, Editor of Sky News Radio and IRN, at our latest Shout! Communications Small Talk networking eve...
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The future of local TV
31.08.18
The longest running local TV station in the UK will close today (31st August, 2018). Estuary TV will stop broadcasting to East Yorkshire and North Lin...
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Not so silly, silly-season
28.08.18

In some countries it is known as ‘Cucumber Time’, but in Britain it’s the silly season.  The term was coined in an edition of the Saturday Review published in 1861 and the phrase has just stuck.  We’re now at the tail end of the summer, the point when radio and TV programmes allow themselves to be more frivolous, but are you making the most of it?

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Ways to work key messages and branding into a radio or TV interview
18.07.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


So, you’ve booked in your broadcast campaign and the launch day has finally arrived. Now it’s showtime and the pressure is on your spokesperson to weave in key messages and branding within the interviews, to keep you, or if you’re an agency, your client happy.

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International Media Relations: securing coverage across the pond
10.07.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


Securing overseas coverage for clients is becoming much more prevalent and often the icing on the cake off the back of a successful UK campaign. Many clients have an EMEA and global brief too and selling in to international broadcasters is increasingly a requirement.

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Is local radio underappreciated?
26.06.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


Much like comparing TV to radio, some stories simply aren’t made for everything. If you’ve got a story with a visual aspect then TV will, naturally, be more appropriate than radio. However, if your campaign is based on spreading information to the masses using spokespeople and statistics, then radio will be the way to go.

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Jim Grice, Head of News and Current Affairs London Live – Small Talk
19.06.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


We recently had the pleasure of hosting Jim Grice, Head of News and Current Affairs at London Live, at Shout! Communications for a ‘Small Talk’. As a regional and national media veteran, we knew Jim’s insights would be invaluable to us and our guests, so we’d like to share them with those of you who weren’t there.

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Should Broadcast PR be separate from “mainstream” PR?
12.06.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


At Shout! Communications we don’t think broadcast PR IS separate from “mainstream” PR, and it has always amazed us that there are those in the industry who think it is anything other than an integral part of any campaign.

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What caught our eye in radio and TV news this week
05.06.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


There’s always something going on in the pop culture world, but perhaps the most exciting news for many reality TV fans across the UK this week is the beginning of Love Island, Season 4. If you’re a dedicated listener, chances are you may have heard presenter Nick Grimshaw’s announcement this week – he’s moving to the drive slot from September, swapping with fellow Radio 1 presenter Greg James.

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RAJAR Q1 2018 Results & Analysis
22.05.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


The latest RAJAR figures are just out, reflecting the first 3 months of this year, and there are some surprising outcomes to say the least.

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Top tips to make your radio day go with a zing
08.05.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


Forward planning, the perfect spokesperson, timing, availability… so much more goes into a radio day than you’d think. Read on for some top tips on how to make your radio day a success.

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The 3 biggest obstacles to getting coverage on TV and Radio
01.05.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


You think you’ve got a strong story; the stats and spokespeople are lined up, you call the planning desk and they want you to send over your press release, you get a call back, they’re interested! Then, the producer calls and says, “something else has come up, we can’t do this anymore”. Cue despair.

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Listening to a podcast is good for you!
17.04.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


There’s some amazing podcast content out there – much of it available for free. Dramas, documentaries, educational, comedy… whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s there.  And do you know what? The amount of competition out there for listeners means it’s all pretty darned good.

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End of an era – fond farewell to The London TV Centre
10.04.18

by Catherine Bayfield, Co-Director


From Monday 16th April it’s all change at ITV Daytime with their big move from London’s South Bank to White City.

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Taking the stress out of broadcast PR
03.04.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


When you eventually get there the end result is often fantastic:  your brand or key messages can reach millions of people on TV or radio. But the journey there can be a bumpy road. This blog looks at some of the obstacles – and possible ways round them – that can mitigate some of the stress and hurdles.

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Shout! Communications Big Talk March 2018: Summary
20.03.18

by Catherine Bayfield, Co-Director


BBC News likes certainty but needs change…that was the premise of the latest Shout! Communications’ Big Talk, featuring a prestigious panel of speakers including  BBC UK News Editor Richard Burgess,  Editor of the Victoria Derbyshire Programme Louisa Compton and Editor of BBC News at 6pm and 10pm, Paul Royall.

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Video pre-production (and everything you should think about before the camera is even turned on!)
06.03.18

by Rory Green, Videographer


Failing to plan is planning to fail. Video production is exciting and the temptation when you’re involved is to turn the camera on as quickly as possible, and get filming. But, in our view, that doesn’t necessarily give you the best possible end result.

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Arti Lukha, News Editor ITV News – Small Talk
27.02.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


Shout! recently hosted ITV Senior News Editor Arti Lukha for another in our series of Small Talks. Arti has experienced it all as a journalist, working her way up to the role of senior news editor at ITV News, where she works in conjunction with the programme editors deciding what stories the broadcaster will cover in their new bulletins.

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