There have been many stories in the media this week that have caught the Clareville PR team’s attention that were worthy of us dedicating our blog to such as the ongoing saga surrounding David Cameron since the Panama leak. His handling of the situation and the way 10 Downing Street has released the information very slowly has infuriated both the public and the media. The topic has been heavily debated and there were even rumblings of him being forced to resign. It seems his crisis PR team have been working in overdrive to manage the situation but have never really managed to deal with it properly.
Another story that just won’t go away and has appeared in the vast majority of national newspapers is the scandal about a super injunction being imposed on behalf of a famous celebrity couple who supposedly embarked on an extra martial affair. The story is practically everywhere, with many of the media angered that they are unable to name the couple, despite it being easy to find out on the likes of Twitter. Furthermore, the names of the couple involved have appeared in print in the Scottish media and the States.
Had the British media been able to print the names of those involved would the story have stopped evolving with so many different twists? However, due to the gagging order the scandal is being reported on daily. At one point it was stated that an MP would confirm the names in Parliament, much like when the footballer Ryan Giggs was named, as it was making a mockery of the judicial system.
Everyone, whether it’s a celebrity, business or even the Prime Minister needs to ensure that when a crisis hits they have an action plan in place that moves swiftly and appeases both the public and media rather than alienate them even further. @crisisPRExpert