Rober Fenner

October 30, 2016

Dr Liam Fox and Brexit

Under: Blog | News

I recently had a meeting with my local MP, who also happens to be Minister for International Business – a post created post-Brexit by Theresa May’s Government. I met Dr Liam Fox to ask him about legislation affecting late payment of business invoices and what the consequences of Brexit might be for UK SMEs: would UK-specific […]

Rober Fenner

September 21, 2016

A perfect corporate response

Under: Business | News | Public relations

This week Donald Trump Junior tweeted as follows: “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” Predictably this caused a media backlash, and Wrigley, the company behind Skittles, felt obliged to respond. Getting the sentiment of that […]

Rober Fenner

March 14, 2014

Speed reading

Under: Business | Language | Marketing | Media | News | Random thoughts

Heard of Spritz? It’s a new app enabling people to read content quickly. It moves the words, so your eye can stay in the same place – and it works. Even the basic demo takes you to 40% faster than a typical reading speed, and in tests people have gone faster still. It’s a particularly […]

Rober Fenner

August 16, 2013

Work in progress

Under: Business | News

Here’s a recent project. A bit different, this one – and I’m doing more work on it today for Phase 2…

Rober Fenner

July 26, 2013

The dehumanising power of the euphemism

Under: Language | News

Steven Neary is 23 and is autistic. He is cared for by his father Mark. They became a news item two years ago when Steven was taken into care against his own wishes and those of his father, and it was only after a court case that he was allowed home. Mark Neary blogs – […]

Rober Fenner

December 21, 2012

PR and George Entwistle’s payoff

Under: Media | News | Public relations

On the Today Programme on Radio 4 yesterday morning, Lord Patten defended the £450,000 payoff given to George Entwistle when he stood down as Director-General of the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile story. He said they’d taken legal advice, and it would be less costly to the BBC and hence to the […]

Rober Fenner

December 19, 2012

The (mis)leading power of the written word. Again.

Under: Language | Media | News

Just over a month ago, around the time Andrew Mitchell resigned, I posted an item with the title I’ve used here (minus the ‘Again’, naturally). In it, I argued that the Minister’s alleged use of the word ‘pleb’ was a case of his word against that of the police, and the fact that the police […]

Rober Fenner

December 17, 2012

Slow news

Under: Media | News | Random thoughts

On Radio 4’s ‘A Point of View’ yesterday morning, Will Self pointed to the increasing frequency of news coverage. Rolling news, he said, either trivialised the present, or rendered it incomprehensible by bombarding us with too much mutable information, or both. He had a point. He went on to draw a corollary. Just as we’ve […]

Rober Fenner

December 14, 2012

Good Times, Bad Times

Under: Media | News | Random thoughts

The heading on this piece was the title of a book written by Harold Evans after his resignation as editor of The Times in 1981. In his book, Evans covered his long career as editor of the Sunday Times, his move to the daily paper when the group was acquired by Rupert Murdoch, his subsequent […]

Rober Fenner

December 12, 2012

PR and the Church

Under: News | Public relations | Random thoughts

Yesterday official census figures were published showing the proportion of English people claiming no religious affiliation has risen over the last ten years from 15% to 25%, and the proportion of Christians has dropped from 72% to 59% over the same period. And that was the same day the Government announced it wasn’t going to […]