- Is a journalist threatening to publish a damaging story about you or your organisation?
- Are you a newspaper, publisher, broadcaster or production company that would like some assistance publishing a controversial story?
- Are you a private individual or organisation representative who will be facing a media interview on a difficult or controversial subject?
- Are you or your organisation going to be the subject of a television documentary?
We can negotiate with journalists, publishers or bloggers on your behalf to provide the strongest possible bargaining position to protect your reputation. Depending on the situation we can either take steps to prevent publication entirely or to ensure that your or your organisation’s position is included in the final publication. Laura has successfully ‘spiked’ many prospective stories on behalf of her clients in both the national and regional press.
We can provide journalists, publishers and broadcasters with the confidence to publish stories and realise their editorial ambitions with minimised legal risk. Laura has provided content clearance advice for publishers, production companies and broadcasters. Laura successfully enabled the broadcast of many controversial Channel 4 Dispatches investigations and programmes and Global Witness reports, including undercover investigations involving covert recordings. She has also provided regular pre-publication advice to a major magazine publisher with a broad spectrum of national titles, as well as providing clearance advice on celebrity autobiographies, film scripts and newspaper articles.
It can be daunting if you are going to represent your organisation in a media interview, especially on a controversial subject, but we can help you to answer questions candidly and without fear of legal repercussions. We can advise you in advance of potential areas of legal risk to be avoided and can put forward a strategy to help you to deal with questioning on difficult topics. We can also conduct mock interviews to enable you to prepare so you can approach the interview with confidence.
If you or your company is being featured in a critical television programme or in a reality television documentary, then we can help to ensure that there are no nasty surprises on the day of broadcast. We can negotiate with the production company over the programme content and pre-broadcast viewings in order to put you in the strongest possible position. We can also negotiate and draft filming agreements and terms to protect your organisation’s reputation and information, as well as its staff.
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