Paul Blanchard
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Paul is an award-winning PR guru, and runs Right Angles, a consultancy based in London. He also presents a regular podcast focusing on media matters.

Drawing on nearly 15 years’ experience working in PR and politics, he provides a specialist service called ‘CEO PR’ - working with global leaders to build and manage their reputation. Examples of his current clients include a senior MP, CEOs of a major UK bank and several global charities; and a number of successful entrepreneurs.

Paul is also Vice President of The Media Society. A registered charity founded in 1973, it's a place for media people to debate, network and learn. He presents a fortnightly podcast discussing the current hot media topics, which can be heard here.

Paul is active too on Twitter and LinkedIn, and writes a light-hearted ‘PR jargon buster’.

Entries by Paul Blanchard

A Scottish 'Yes' Vote Would Be Great for the Labour Party

(54) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (00:00)

No, I've not lost my marbles - not yet anyway. I really do believe that if Scotland vote 'Yes' next Thursday in the Independence Referendum it will be the best thing that has happened to the Labour Party in decades. And I'm predicting a narrow win for Alex Salmond.

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Trial By Media in Rotherham

(14) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (00:00)

Last week the press found itself another villain. This time it was the Police and Crime Commissioner and former councillor in charge of children's services in Rotherham: Shaun Wright. Mr Wright was implicated by association along with practically everyone in any position of authority in Rotherham in the...

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Gaza: Should TV Media Coverage Always Be 'Impartial'?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (15:06)

What Israel is doing to Gaza is sickening. This civilised, westernised, democratic state is lobbing bombs into a city centre packed with people, with seemingly little regard for who dies: little children, disabled people, old ladies, pregnant women - anyone is fair game.

If this slaughter was happening anywhere else...

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The World's Worst Job: Chairman of the BBC Trust

(1) Comments | Posted 2 August 2014 | (00:00)

The job of chairman of the BBC Trust is up for grabs. On paper it looks like a dream job. Not too taxing; perks of being a civil servant; good pay; great working environment; interesting, high-profile, semi-altruistic organisation. Basically, a great way to kick-off your retirement. However, unless you've been...

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The War On Truth: Journalists Vs PRs

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2014 | (11:02)

According to a couple of recent articles, one in Standpoint magazine ("Propaganda Shouldn't Pay" by Nick Cohen) and one in the Guardian ("PRs vs journalists - why there's no moral equivalence between us and them" by Roy Greenslade), there is a war...

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue What's Wrong With Samantha

(2) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (16:58)

Last week it was announced that four sad people with no sense of humour, no discernable social skills, no life, no experience and no self-awareness had complained to the BBC about the lovely Samantha. For those of you who don't listen to Radio 4, (shame on you!), Samantha is the...

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Is Danger Mouse the Best the BBC Can Do?

(1) Comments | Posted 18 June 2014 | (09:50)

I love Danger Mouse. Well, I loved it when I was eight. I'd probably love it again now if I was still eight. But the announcement that Danger Mouse was being remade by the BBC was a bit of a shock. Is it really the best children's TV the BBC...

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It's The Sun That Will Win It!

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (18:10)

The other day the nation was treated to a terrifying spectacle: all three party leaders posing with a copy of The Sun newspaper. They stood, or in Ed's case sat, clutching it proudly while grinning inanely at the person brandishing the iPhone. If it hadn't been so sad it would...

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Want to Join the Bilderberg Group?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (10:44)

The Bilderberg Group fascinate me. Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall at their annual meeting? Hell, who wouldn't want to be invited to the meeting? If I was invited I'd know I'd reached the very top of the world order. But hang on. Would that really...

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Shock, Horror: BBC Staff Have Political Opinions!

(2) Comments | Posted 28 May 2014 | (09:59)

Recently, there have been some elections. I say this just in case you've been living under a rock or have - like those people who hate their own birthdays - been on a long holiday to a closed monastery. These elections have made some people very upset. And that includes...

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'Twitter Outrage' Drives the Media

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (11:18)

Over the last few weeks I've tried really hard not to get involved in the general racism melee; the 'N' word, Jeremy Clarkson, the BBC Devon disc jockey and UKIP. But I read this piece in the Guardian citing Boris Johnson and I just can't help but respond.

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Drop the Dead Pizza Story

(1) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (16:18)

On 7 May the UK gasped in shock and horror as The Sun wilfully dropped a massive thin and crispy chicken pizza all over its front page. The story accompanying this rather unappetising spectacle was one which has been doing the rounds for years: Pizza Express use Halal chicken. The...

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Middle-Class Labour - Middle-Class Danger

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (11:15)

I'm a member of the Labour Party. I was a Labour councillor in my home town or York for six years, and even stood as a parliamentary candidate for them in 2005. I've been a Labour supporter for the last 20 years. But yes, I'll admit it: though I struggled...

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Reality TV Has Jumped the Shark

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (16:39)

Even though we think Reality TV is a modern-day phenomenon, it's actually been around since the television was invented. But I'm not here to give you a history lesson. So let's focus on the 21st Century craze: Reality TV based on political and social issues.

You don't need a film,...

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Selfies and the Search for Personal Identity

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (08:11)

Apparently, 7 April was Selfie Day; a day when the great and not-so-great took the opportunity to hold their smartphone at arm's length and take another photo of themselves. Sounds like every other day on Twitter, no? But it did get me thinking: when we take a selfie what are...

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Maria Miller - A PR Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (09:18)

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller has resigned. I predicted on Twitter that she would go just an hour before she did - so I'm feeling pretty smug but I'm also feeling a bit depressed. I'm glad she's done the right thing but it was...

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London Live TV Confirms All Our Delusions

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (12:47)

London Live is great - if you watch telly. And these days most of us... don't. If I'm representative of Mr Average Londoner, when I get home all I want to watch is escapist catch-ups of the blockbuster shows I'm continually missing. I swear one day there will be so...

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Crimea: The Russians Have Played a PR Blinder

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (10:06)

Now before we start let's get this straight: I'm no foreign affairs expert. I'm an interested observer with nothing more than an opinion to wield. But it seems to me that Russia has done a fantastic job of persuading us that Crimea is more of a management buy-out than a...

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PR Is Dead! Long Live PR!

(1) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (13:47)

I'm a PR consultant. I like my job and I like my clients. I think I'm good at what I do. I help CEOs to raise their profile and develop their reputation. I deliver measurable results. Yes...yes, I can hear you say, that's all very nice. *yawn*.

But -...

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Is the 'Need for Speed' Killing the Media... And Us?

(1) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (23:00)

Generation Y are having their say over at the Guardian this week. Digital trainee journalists have taken over to discuss life, the universe and everything from their perspective. It looks set to be a great series of articles and I was struck by one particular phrase in the...

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