Shame no PR disaster for Alan Jones over Gillard attack

As an aggressive social media campaign compels advertisers to withdraw their support of the Alan Jones’ radio show, I read a neat precis by Troy Dodds of WA who summarises the issues neatly.
And for me, it’s not a PR disaster for Jones; this kind of unreasonable rant (and now pained bleating for alleged wrongs done against him), is his stock-in-trade and the exact outburst that shock radio jocks like him the world over need to keep their profile high and their easily-enraged listeners tuning in. Sponsors? They’re’ll always be new ones chasing the audience that Jones so easily corrals.

Qantas PR disaster; only short-term pain predicted

Speaking on ABC regional radio this morning, ‘PR disasters’ author Gerry McCusker made the following observations: Qantas and CEO Alan Joyce were addressing a business imperative, not a brand challenge. Via a skilful PR team, they had probably calculated that the recent PR turbulence wouldn’t outweigh the benefits of staff/operational efficiencies being pursued. McCusker mentioned the A to Z of agenda opportunists (Tony Abbott to Christopher Zinn of consumer group Choice) and a growing social media commentariat who were prolonging the PR pain for the airline, the Gillard government and the unions, too. Gerry concluded by questioning whether the entire concept of reputation was really worth what it once stood for. Indicating that the Qantas share price had gone up since Joyce redrew the battlelines, the PR analyst McCusker suggested that Qantas could win back consumers with marketing and PR initiatives, saying that goodwill now has a (sic) relatively cheap price.

Gillard, Arbib and the empty chair PR disaster

Apparently, Aussie PM Julia Gillard banned a senior Labour honcho – Mark Arbib – from appearing on the country’s most credible political panel discussion (Q&A) last night. Mischievously, the producers left Arbib’s seat empty thereby creating a risible talking point throughout the show. Having agreed to appear, then pulling the appearance, this looks like another major PR mis-step from the faltering Labour Party.