In the media business, who owns what is of primary importance, but it’s often not obvious unless you pay close attention. Local media outlets, for example, are almost all owned by conglomerates, but play up their local brands or, in the case of TV, their legacy network ties. The same goes for those legacy networks, … Continued
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In the media business, when the media company itself becomes the focus of news, the corporate suits tend to do what makes the company’s journalist employees’ eyes roll. It’s almost always some version of “we don’t comment on personnel matters.” It rarely follows the fundamentals of effective external or internal communication. But this story is … Continued
Just about everyone in the media business is about to spend their work weeks with at least half an eye on the happenings inside a Delaware courtroom as the gargantuan defamation lawsuit filed by Dominon Voting Systems against Fox News goes to trial. But those inside the PR business and those who are any part … Continued
There’s no job that’s the same in real life as it is on TV. Just ask police officers about “Law and Order” (every mystery is solved and tried in an hour with commercials) or doctors about “E.R.” (nobody even mentions insurance companies). But there aren’t many shows about business PR and those that include in … Continued
You can’t make this stuff up. Even if you tried, you wouldn’t go as far as real life did. But it really did happen. And that means it could happen again. A few weeks ago, I got a call from a client I hadn’t worked with in years. They received an email inquiry from someone … Continued
“Get the widow on the set! We need dirty laundry.” Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” which offered biting criticism of broadcast news, along with some nice guitar solos, is now 41 years-old. The lyrics came to mind this week as 10 million of us in Michigan experienced an act of terrorism even though that isn’t how … Continued