Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Media Coach 28th August 2015

Bolt versus Gatlin versus BBC; A journalistic tragedy; Benedict’s Hamlet; No carpet eating; My seven rules of quotations; Play nicely; Three Twitter Tools; An interview with Jenn Lim; Music from Henrik

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Media Coach 21st August 2015

No more silly season; Exceptional Speaker Masterclasses; A great networking deal; Banksy’s new exhibit; No boats on the pond; A speaker from the block; Head to Head; You don’t have to stay friends; An interview with Gilda Bonanno; Music from Mick Terry

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Media Coach 14th August 2015

Proud Dad moment; Exceptional Speaker Masterclasses; TV Anchor John Brown; DJ Alex Dyke; I’ve started so I’ll finish; Seven ways to get international publicity; I thought you’d never ask; An interview with Dr Lynda Shaw; Music from Robbie Boyd

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Friday, August 07, 2015

The Media Coach 7th August 2015

Test Match very Special; Any musicians around?; Jon Stewart; Cilla Black, Noel Edmonds; You can’t make several big points; Hi, I’m from the Sunday Times; William Morris and Social Media; An interview with Rory Cellan-Jones; Music from The Dust Bowl Revival

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Media Coach 31st July 2015

A few days in New York City; An invitation to appear on this show; Young and Strange; Walter Palmer and the lion; Thesis and Antithesis; Controlling the Message; Meetup to Tweetup; An interview with Doug Stevenson; Music from the Dust Bowl Revival.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Media Coach 24th July 2015

Two thousand speakers in Washington; Speaking across the Atlantic; Taylor Swift; Bill Cosby; Gladstone’s Rules; Poorly-trained Interviewers; Become a specialist; An interview with Carolyn Strauss; Music from Ashton Lane

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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Media Coach 17th July 2015

National Speakers Association Convention; The Newseum; Mhairi Black; Finley Quaye; Go beyond the finish; Plan for a long media career; Repurposing your content; An interview with Jolene Jang; Music from Jim Boggia

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Media Coach 10th July 2015

Sport and News; Speakers gather in Washington; Drones and Crop Circles; A Russian Straight Flag; Are you Interesting?; Seven ways to ruin a media release; Four ways to benefit from blogging; An interview with Craig Price; Music from Lee Robert

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Media Coach 3rd July 2015

Happy Independence Day; A message in a bottle; Val Doonican; Kanye West; can you do five minutes?; How Dare you!; Don’t worry, be happy; An interview with Paul Cook; Music from Robbie Boyd

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Media Coach 26th June 2015

Kenny Harris remembered; Barack Obama heckled; Ben Affleck; I could never be a Speaker; Making your own Videos; The Social Media Marathon; An interview with Kenny Harris; Music from Emily Barden

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The MediaCoach 19th June 2015

It’s tough on stage; Would you eat a dausage?; Peter Firmin; Doom Bar or not?; One Two Three; Keep your mileage high; Serve and Volley; An interview with Adam Shaw; Music from the 1957 Tail-fin Fiasco

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Friday, June 12, 2015

In support of Kay Burley

Kay Burley is currently the subject of a petition aimed at having her sacked from Sky News, as well as the subject of over a thousand complaints to OFCOM. She's also been called many names in social media posts, usually in terms reserved only for women. The trigger for this was an interview on Sky News with Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainment, following the dreadful accident on a roller coaster at Alton Towers.

I've watched the interview several times. As a fellow journalist who specialises in training CEOs to cope with crisis interviews, I think Ms Burley did nothing wrong. The interview could have been shorter, but that's not Ms Burley's fault, since she was no doubt being directed from the gallery, and being told to keep going.

Mr Varney spoke well, and expressed his concern and sympathy for the victims. However, he also referred to introducing "another level of safety", which begged the question as to why that wasn't already in place. Any professional journalist would have probed him on that point.

However, I suspect this is more about another issue - Ms Burley's gender. If the interview had been conducted by a male journalist, Paxman-style, I don't think there would have been a similar outcry. The fact that many of the insults refer to her as a "bitch", "cow' or even worse, indicate that people feel that being a woman and being an assertive interviewer is unaceptable.

It's perhaps telling that when Jeremy Clarkson admitted to punching a member of his production team, a million people signed a petition to have him reinstated. In 1997, Jeremy Paxman was widely praised for asking former Home Secretary Michael Howard the same question fourteen times in a row. However, Ms Burley's repeated questioning of safety standards following a serious accident is seen as intrusive.

It seems to me that the wave of criticism has more than a whiff of sexism about it. Sky News should express their confidence in Ms Burley, and ask her to get on with her job of holding public figures to account. 

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The Media Coach 12th June 2015

20 steps is back!; Who owns the Sun?; Joachim de Posada; Sir Tim Hunt; Why Speakers need a Bra; What is News?; Share and Share Alike; An interview with Andy Murray (no, not that one); Music from Nugent and Belle.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

The Media Coach 5th June 2015

Sepp Blatter resigns - did the sponsors push him?; Charles Kennedy; Eddie McGuire; On the button; Picking the right messenger; Show and Tell; An interview with John Richardson of the Coffee Boys; Music from Robbie Boyd

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