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Branded content: The Passion of the Russell

If Facebook shares had audio to accompany the multitude of posts, the latest commentary surrounding Russell Brand on Newsnight would be littered with loud, smug and triumphantly-toned exclamations from people saying, “Yes! Finally, somebody is speaking the truth! Look at Jeremy; he’s being rendered almost speechless!” Fresh from his guest-editing spot on The New Statesman, Brand(…)

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Chilean Miners and the Cold Light of Fame

It’s weird to consider the forthcoming global PR implications for the Chilean miners. It’s all too clear that this will be the biggest story in the world come Wednesday assuming that the men are released from the mine. It can’t be ignored – every news gathering organisation is surrounding the escape route as it nears(…)

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Brand and Woods: The Celebrity Rollercoaster

Another week of charting the ups and downs of celebrity, first in the Guardian, discussing the rise, fall and rapid rise again of Russell Brand, who has risen phoenix-like out of the ashes of Sachsgate to find himself on the verge of international stardom. You can read the full article here, but here’s my note(…)

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Who is Pulling Nick Griffin’s PR Strings?

The BBC have, without doubt, handed Nick Griffin and the BNP a potential PR coup by allowing him to appear on Question Time. It is very likely that Griffin will be working desperately hard to avoid belching racist bile, especially as the programme surrounds him – in the interests of the BBC’s “central principle of(…)

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Skaggs, Blags and Rags: Hoaxes and the Press

If you want proof that stunts are an art form, your best bet is to head down to the Tate Modern’s Pop exhibition and take a long, hard look at the Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons exhibits. Here are two prime examples of early stops at one of the stations of the cross of Consumerism,(…)

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Brand Banned

The Borkowski poet in residence reflects, in oblique headlines, on the part Russell Brand played in the affair currently consuming the front pages. Brand Banned Brand Gland Banned Brand Gland Hand Banned Brand Tanned Gland Hand Banned Brand Manned Tanned Gland Hand Banned Brand Banned Stand Brand Brand Stand By Banned Gland Brand Ban Planned(…)

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Pulling the pluggers

In these difficult times, spare a thought for the unsung victims of the media song and dance surrounding Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s prank calls to Andrew Sachs; the pluggers. Now that Ross’s shows have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, the pluggers for any number of stars are without two of the most popular(…)

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Where next for Brand and Ross?

The suspension of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand by the BBC over their boorish and lewd phone call to Andrew Sachs is a definite case of the BBC finally sitting back and taking a look at their media stock after a week of keeping its collective head in the sand, Suspension is the equivalent to(…)

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