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Woodford saga raises pressing issues

The Neil Woodford calamity gauge moved from ‘really bad’ to ‘catastrophic’ yesterday. This was a result of wealth manager St James’s Place’s decision to terminate its £3.5bn relationship with the fund manager. At a stroke this wiped out 40 per cent of the entire assets under Woodford’s management. Thanks to recent events, his reputation as…

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Reporting perils of a hospitality pass

Do you remember Eastenders’ Peter “Awight tweacle” Beale? Barrow boy Pete was such a regular down the Queen Vic that his very own beer mug used to hang from a peg in the infamous E20 boozer. I also own a beer mug like Pete’s. On it is the dull, if accurate, inscription: “York Races May…

In a state: home truths about journalism and PR

I’ve just had a squint at Cision’s recent ‘Global State of the Media’ report for 2019. The research from the ‘global #EarnedMedia management software company’ included responses from 1,999 journalists in 10 countries. About 40 per cent of contributors work in print, a third in a combination of broadcast and online roles, with the balance…