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

It's Time to Abolish the 12A Film Rating

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (00:00)

Cinema film classifications are essential. We need them. But 12A doesn't work. It encourages studios to dumb-down adult action movies to fit the rating; allows incorrectly classified older films to scare the pants off 10 year olds, and makes 13-year-olds believe that when you shoot someone they don't bleed, scream...

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Six Pieces of Advice for New MPs

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (12:36)

Dear Newly Elected Members of Parliament,

Firstly, welcome to Westminster! And now for the fun part. This is the part you've been campaigning for, dreaming about, fearing, and perhaps not daring yourself to think about too clearly in case it didn't happen: you're an MP. It happened. Well done.

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Scrap Trident - Thinking The Unthinkable

(14) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (00:00)

I'm a Blairite. I'm tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime. I want a strong military and I'm big on national security. Up until about two weeks ago, I'd always laughed when someone said they wanted to scrap Trident. Then I realised that actually I was Pavlov's dog:...

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Thomas Cook and the Art of Saying 'Sorry'

(5) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (13:31)

Thomas Cook is up the creek with no available paddle. Their management team had a number of very good paddles but their CEO threw them all out of the boat 10 yards from the bank. So now they're drifting towards the rapids. It's likely they will be smashed to bits...

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Forget 'The Sun', It's Russell Brand Wot Won It!

(55) Comments | Posted 5 May 2015 | (12:09)

The media is about to lose the plot. Why? Russell Brand has entered the fray. He has put a bat up the nightdress of the media. Consequently, Russell now walks in the footsteps of giants such as John Prescott's left fist, Mrs 'Bigot' and John Major's wooden soapbox. He is...

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Facebook News - One Step Closer to Facebook Media Inc?

(3) Comments | Posted 2 April 2015 | (00:00)

Once upon a time, there was a social network called Facebook. Everyone loved it because you could keep in touch with your friends and post photos to satisfy Aunty Mary that you weren't dead or something. Then one day, Facebook grew up, got rich and changed into a terrifying entity...

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What Does Katharine Viner's Appointment Mean for the 'Guardian'

(1) Comments | Posted 27 March 2015 | (18:02)

Katharine Viner's appointment as the new editor of the Guardian this week was met with a flurry of excitement. But once the boilerplate stories had gone live, there was silence. No follow-ups, no major UK opinion pieces. At the time of writing, nothing.

Why so little in-depth analysis? This...

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Cameron Won't Do TV Debates Because Voters Are Not His Target Audience

(51) Comments | Posted 8 March 2015 | (23:00)

Downing Street has finally come clean over the TV debates. They've admitted that David Cameron only ever had one target audience: his backbenchers. And everyone else including Joe Public and the media can just go swivel. No way is he getting out of bed for them because he's scared.

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Why Is Peter Oborne so Shocked by 'The Telegraph'?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2015 | (15:05)

Peter Oborne quits the Telegraph. He accuses them of bad things. He says they pander to advertisers, drop stories and run populist headlines. Everyone who cares says 'wow!' and the Telegraph gets a kicking on Twitter. That's the upshot of the story. But even if the Telegraph did do all...

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Lots to Learn From Business in India

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2015 | (10:21)

Earlier this month I flew from the Republic of Georgia where I'd been supporting the President of a global microfinance organisation, via Doha, to spend a week with some telecoms and investor clients in New Delhi.

From the inside of all these airport terminals, you can't tell much about...

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Last Chance for the BBC Trust?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2015 | (23:00)

This week saw the first public speech by the new chair of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead. After eight years of intermittent testosterone and posturing, Mrs Fairhead is a welcome breath of fresh air. But is she doomed to be the very last chair of the BBC Trust?

I've...

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Chuka Umunna Did the Right Thing by Walking Out on Sky News

(34) Comments | Posted 20 January 2015 | (10:30)

First, let's get this straight: I am definitely not Chuka Umunna's biggest fan. In my view, he loves himself way too much and has an ego the size of Mars. He's a smooth political operator with his own agenda - one that doesn't coincide with the Labour Party's - and...

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Blaming Facebook for Terrorism Is Not the Answer

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2014 | (11:01)

The recent report by the UK Security and Intelligence Committee named Facebook as one of those responsible for the horrific death of Fusilier Lee Rigby at the hands of two terrorists. I'm unsure if the MPs on the committee have any idea how completely ridiculous this is -...

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Adventures In Online Reputation Management

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2014 | (14:29)

The 'right to be forgotten' law is now in full swing. Google has removed more than 60,000 web links and some days it seems like every search you do has the italicised warning at the bottom of the page: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in...

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

(56) 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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