The Blagger's Blog 29th January 2015

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort

Thought for the week

“In parliament every day there are cunning plans by various groups, it is a place made for plotting and conspiracy. We heard of many plots throughout the whole of our time there – not necessarily against us – they were always plotting a coup one way or another.” Documentary-maker Michael Cockerell, commenting on filming for Inside the Commons, a new BBC Two show shot in the House of Commons.

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Weekly High

We have done it again. Or rather another seven times. This week we received a septet of nominations in the PR Moments Awards for 2015- Best Event and Best Consumer PR Campaign (for our Virgin Holidays Barbados stunt), B2B Campaign of the Year (Magnet Trade’s Talking To The Trade), Small Agency of the Year, Social Media Agency of the Year, Consumer PR Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Agency of the Year. Well done us!

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Weekly Low

Hahahahaha…. ha. Nothing beats a story this ridiculous. Comcast, provider of U.S. TV services and, from what we have read many times, apalling customer service, has managed to really mess things up by changing the name of one of its customers to ‘[email protected] Brown’. The amendment followed a dispute over the account in question, and the situation is being investigated. Have a look at the bill for evidence.

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Stories to keep an eye on

The BBC has unveiled plans to extend its regional coverage, angering local and regional newspaper bosses who are already battling against falling circulation figures and advertising revenue.

The British consumer index hit a five-month high in January, as per the latest figures from GfK. 

According to the Advertising Association, commercials now ‘fund’ £187 of culture, media and sport for every household in Britain per annum.

Just in case you missed it

The latest copy of our newsletter was published yesterday. This month we’re looking at why January should spur businesses to begin evaluating and measuring more effectively, three social trends you should know about in 2015, the Sun’s No More Page 3 PR fail (or triumph?), and our work with Silentnight over the festive period. Take a look here.