Earlier this month I read a PRCA report which declared that the average annual salary in the PR industry is currently £45k. The same report goes on to say that the average annual income for a Freelance PR is £57k. I came across a similar CIPR survey last year which put the average PR salary […]

The local elections in England last week didn’t really produce any shocks. As is often the case with local elections, the turnout was disappointingly poor, as low as 17 per cent in some places. The fact that UKIP voters switched back to the Conservatives was no great surprise to anyone. The Labour Party however ought […]

Are you ordinary? It’s not a question I’d thought much about myself until I read last week about a YouGov survey carried out for The Times which suggested that the older you get the more ordinary you consider yourself to be. When I read the definition of what counted as an “ordinary person” I initially […]

In less than one month’s time, on the 25 of May to be precise, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect and replaces the 1998 UK Data Protection Act. Like most people, I’ve been aware of GDPR for some time but haven’t really paid much attention to it…until now. I’ve been attending workshops, […]

One of the most interesting news stories to break this morning was the announcement by the pub chain J D Wetherspoon that it is to close all social media accounts with immediate effect. According to Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin, the decision has been taken because people spend too much time on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. […]

Last week the BBC marked the 50th birthday of Reporting Scotland, the nightly news magazine programme. The nightly opt out news shows in other parts of the UK will doubtless be having similar celebrations. Although I‘ve lived most of my adult life in various parts of England, I have fond memories of Reporting Scotland. During […]

Earlier this week I was in the audience at the iconic Citizens Theatre to see an excellent stand up routine from Alexei Sayle as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Alexei was particularly scathing about the motivation behind events like Comic Relief. He imagined villagers in somewhere like Eritrea saying “Griff Rhys Jones hasn’t been […]