Archive for the ‘Broadcast PR’ Category

This week we attended a Gorkana Breakfast meeting with Jonathon Boseley, Head of Programming, and Vikki Cook, Head of News and Current Affairs at London Live. As the new channel launches at the end of the month, it is important to understand how PR’s and the channel coordinators can work together and benefit from a hyper local channel – one of 19 to launch this year around the UK.

London Live’s main focus is supporting new talent and will be the only channel which has 3 hours of peak time original content. For comedy writers, budding drama creators and filmmakers not to mention budding presenters, this gives them a massive step up in their career.

But as the call to action may appear to be directed towards programming content this does not rule out the importance of a PR to help produce content (both news and other). PR’s can not only submit ideas forward for programmes – as long as they have a pilot episode prepared (this can be brand based but do bear in mind that it is still Ofcom regulated). One example series for this is a weekly show focused on one influential figure so perhaps PR’s can think about putting forward, for example, a new entrepreneur their client may have waiting in the curtains.

Another great opportunity is that whilst the channel only has a small news planning team, there is scope for PR’s to promoting London content (people/places/launches) which may otherwise be overlooked by national broadcasters and their London counterparts. London Live have a massive 5 and a half hours of news content to produce every day and it’s not just focused on the doom and gloom dominating some other London outlets coverage.

The news department will be looking at the news agenda at the beginning of each week and morning. PR’s are being encouraged to keep up social interaction as the channel are launching the London Eye – a section reaching out to bloggers and members of the public who can provide them with original content and commentary on stories. In terms of the running order, there will be a breakfast show from 0600 each morning that will look at the big questions of the day while the lunch time show will be 1 ½ hours long focused on news and current affairs (still maintaining a strong output of politics, business and social news), and the evening show which will look at more entertainment news.

It’s a really interesting shift to incredibly local content and bespoke news for regions. While it only targets a really local audience, it could be a fantastic opportunity to connect with them and engage them on a far deeper level that national media would allow.

Post by Daisy Bambridge, Project Manager @ TNR Communications

Research, case studies and a strong news hook are integral to a successful Radio Day. This week we had the pleasure of working with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (JCCT) on the launch of their new ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Cervical cancer dominated the media when Jade Goody passed away in 2009. At the time it highlighted the illness, which is the most common cancer among women under 35. As a result there was an increase in women taking up cervical screening. Since then however, it has dropped off the radar and this new research now shows women’s lack of knowledge and fear of examination – all of which is putting them off life saving tests.

TNR were enlisted to conduct and manage the entire radio day from helping to shape the story to making sure the clients key messaging was delivered. On the launch of the national campaign, our media relations team targeted radio stations across the UK with regionally broken down data and locally sourced case studies. As a result, we were able to secure nearly 50 interviews including almost 20 regional BBCs, Radio 1’s Newsbeat and other top commercial stations. Our sell-in and advisory also prompted BBC Look East to contact us and arrange a TV interview with a case study.

Back to back interviews meant our guests: actress, cancer survivor and JCCT supporter Sara Stewart; and Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, had barely any time out of the studio, but they were pro’s at getting across key messages and speaking from either an expert point of view (Robert), or from a personal point of view (Sara) which is imperative for a story such as this.


Robert Music and Sara Stewart


To amplify the story further and reach a wider audience, we interviewed both our spokespeople to produce some video content which we offered to the Press Association Video Wire. The wire distributes video content to a wide variety of online media and ISP’s. It was not only used for this, but it also provided the client with some new content for their website.


It’s great to be part of such a widespread campaign which has achieved some great coverage, while delivering a very important message. If you fancy having a look at the campaign yourself check out their website. Great start to radio for 2014!

Post by Daisy Bambridge, Project Manager @ TNR Communications



Bank Holiday DIY

Yesterday, Alice Beer, consumer champion, came to our studios to discuss all things home design in preparation for the Bank Holiday.

Although I won’t be one of the 45% of people doing DIY this Bank Holiday (don’t want to get too ahead of myself- I think I need to actually move out of home before I think of home improvements!) but for many people this weekend means donning those dungarees and getting out the paint brush.

Teaming up with DFS to promote their Designers Choice Range, Alice was a great guest, speaking to the 7 radio stations we booked in about her personal experiences she’s encountering while converting her own house at the moment. It sounds like a pretty hefty task to take on converting both the basement and loft (as she is doing) but she gave some great tips to avoid arguments and conflict of agreement to make the process run smoothly.

Alice Beer at TNR for DFS Radio Day.

Alice Beer, Broadcast Journalist, at TNR for DFS Radio Day.

One of the main points that stood out from the topic was that our homes are becoming more and more important to us. One finding was that people are willing to sacrifice holidays, buying news clothes and eating out, all in a bid to make over a room!

In these economic times, where there is a clear struggle for many people to get by on a day to day basis, making our homes beautiful is clearly becoming something we are putting high on our priority lists. Strapped for cash, and let’s face it – living in a drab and dreary, wet and windy time – the home is once again becoming the place for us to get creative and, for women (according to this story anyway)- take charge!

Post by Daisy Bambridge, Production Support @ TNR Communications


I can’t believe the first week of May has already flown by. I feel like you blink in this industry and 10 projects go by without even realising it. With the nature of what we do, we get to meet some great people along the way. So, whilst in this reflective mood I thought it might be an idea to take a step back and share some of our ‘great meets’ over the past few months…

Mo Farah

As part of London 2012 The National Lottery launched the Olympic Park Run where 5,000 members of the public had the chance to take part in a run that would see them crossing the Olympic Stadium finish line.  In April this year Olympic Champion Mo Farah was on hand to launch The National Lottery Anniversary Run, which follows the same idea and is part of the Olympic legacy.

We produced photography and video content for this story so we’ll let Mo tell you the rest…

02 Olympic Park Anniversary

This image made it to The Guardian, Daily Mirror, Metro, The Sun and Daily Mail (to name a few)

I had the pleasure of assisting on this shoot with our Production Manager Rhian so you can see some behind the scene shots below:

Mo Farah crosses the finish line to celebrate the launch

Our cameraman Marcus and soundman Ben capture the launch


Boris Johnson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson helped head chef Fred Ponnavoy make a chocolate souffle during his visit to the Gu development kitchen in Walthamstow, London, to mark the London-based premium dessert company's 10th birthday.

We produced photography for this story, one of which made our Photo of the Week:


David Seaman

Producer Elizabeth got to meet one of England's best ever goalkeepers!  Being a football fan you can imagine how jealous I was.  Safe hands Seaman was saving penalties on a pop up football pitch in Trafalgar Square, London, to mark the arrival of Sky Sports Channels' pay as you go on NOW TV in the UK.  He was joined by Sky Sports 'legend' Jeff Stelling.  This was an interesting one for us because we had a cameraman capturing a timelapse of the football pitch construction through the night, then the rest of our crew joined him early morning to interview the keeper that made 568 appearances for Arsenal.

Still got it: David Seaman dives to save a penalty in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London as part of Sky TV's launch of their new NOW TV service today

You can watch Seaman in action here (includes timelapse footage)...

To level the playing field I couldn't resist...



Sarah Brown

In April, Child Rights Ambassador Sarah Brown presented a special UK preview of a feature film on the transformative power of girls’ education, narrated by a host of Hollywood stars (Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Liam Neeson, to name a few).

We were commissioned by Plan UK to produce an editorial video.  It was placed on The Independent, Harpers Bazaar and Yahoo, to name a few.

You can hear more from Sarah Brown through the video below:

Post by Daniele Baron, Production Assistant @ TNR Communications

Sunshine, azure blue seas and crystal clear skies.  An image worthy of anyone’s dreams.  Unfortunately for most waking up to this is exactly that, a dream.

However Tourism Australia are launching their second campaign of the “Best job in the World”, and this year it’s bigger and better!

With 6 incredible jobs to boast and a contract worth a staggering £67k for 6 months, it seems impossible that this can even pass as work!  This time around the jobs include an outback adventurer in the Northern Territory; a park ranger in Queensland; a wildlife caretaker in South Australia; a ‘lifestyle photographer’ in Melbourne; a ‘taste master’ in Western Australia; and ‘chief funster’ in New South Wales.


Best Job in the World initiative


TNR were there at the launch of the campaign, filming the TV release and the press photography for Tourism Australia at London Waterloo.

With a lifeguard on show for the ladies, a beautiful brunette in a striking red bikini for the chaps and a giant kangaroo and koala for everyone else in between, it made for a great photocall and attracted a fair bit of attention as you can imagine


Best Job Tourism Australia


In 2009, Briton Ben Southall rose to the top of a 34,000 high applicant pile, gathered from over 200 countries to win.  The lucky 34 year old got to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel and swim, whilst making friends with the locals and basically enjoy the tropical Queensland climate and lifestyle.  Not a bad way to spend 6 months…


Post by Tinashe Sithole @ TNR Communications


Video brief 101

A question that I frequently get asked by clients is “can you give me a rough quote on a video?”

Unfortunately this is never an easy answer for a production company to give, as it depends on a number of factors. I can assure you that by asking questions, we aren’t trying to be a pain in the a*se; we are trying to pull out key info that will allow us to give you a quote that matches your brief and expectation.

I thought it would be useful to be list a few points to consider when you are looking to speak to a production company about a video brief. There may well be additional questions; but this should give you a great starting point in the planning stages.


Length of filming time for the crew

Is it a multiple location shoot?

This is important if you are trying to keep costs down. A large part of the cost of a video is hiring the film crew, so if you can keep all the filming time and locations to a minimum this will help.

Will you require interviews?

Depending on who the video is for, it’s normally best to have no more than 4 – 5 interviews. It is also important to work with an experienced producer who will be able to extract key sound bites from the interviews that can be integrated into the edit.

The amount of edit time

This is something that the production company will be able to advise you on, and is something that will affect cost. As with the number of interviews, days and locations, the number of edits will have an impact on cost.

However you can also benefit from economies of scale here as well. If you plan for multiple video activity and can capture all of your footage across a few days you can then edit it into a series of videos which will bring the overall cost down.

How many different edits are required?

I’m sure you are quickly becoming familiar with the ‘multi-channel story telling’ phrase. If you are planning to push the video content out to broadcasters, websites (editorial & specialist), social media site and bloggers then you need the right style to suit the platform and their audience.

Who is the audience?

This can dictate if graphics, animation, voiceover, music, grading etc need to be considered.


Of course we are always happy to run through all of these areas on the phone or in a meeting when clients are planning editorial or creative video, but I thought it would be good to show people why we can’t always give a rough cost straightaway!


Post by Alex Waite, Marketing Manager @ TNR Communications



Mumbai Fly-By

One of the most common questions we get from clients is ‘how much notice do we need to give you to turn a shoot round?’. While plenty of time is always nice, it’s often a luxury working in the news industry. However, between you and me, there’s always something quite thrilling about the last minute dash to shoot and edit with next to no time. Having said that, a recent day-trip to India broke all TNR records, crossing continents and time zones within hours.

Every November, TNR work with Guinness World Records to produce video content for broadcast and online media for Guinness World Records Day. Around the globe, thousands of people attempt to simultaneously make and break records on the same day. Why? Simply to celebrate the weird and wonderful world of record breaking.

One of the main events this year was an incredible mass participation record attempt in a remote town three hours north of Mumbai, India. More than 2600 local women and girls in matching traditional dress joined in unison to perform a cultural dance, the Kaikottikali. The dance, which is usually performed by only eight women, was hosted at a large open-air running track, to both welcome Diwali and Guinness World Records.


We knew on paper the visuals would be spectacular and really required video to do the event justice and show the sheer scale of the attempt. While group events happen around the world, we were working with a remote location, hours from central Mumbai, where language and culture was an immediate barrier. Sourcing a local crew well versed in producing B-Roll for international distribution would be key to the success of the story to ensure we had the tools to work with back in the edit suite.

After getting the go ahead to travel to India and produce the shoot, we had 24 hours to source flights, find a good local crew, get jabs, plan the logistics of the shoot and get the all-important visa. It was a tense day in the office starting at the Indian emergency visa office first thing; then on to the travel specialists for injections in between booking flights and speaking to the crew in India; and finally back to the visa office at 6pm to find out if we had the right paperwork….a mere 3 hours before the flight was due to take off.

Fortunately, all went to plan with minutes to spare, and I touched down in Mumbai 15 hours later. I spent 15 hours on the ground travelling to the shoot location, filming one of the most amazing spectacles I’ve ever witnessed. I met some fantastic and inspiring people, before returning to the airport to make my way back to London.

It was an incredible adventure, with even more incredible results. The video was distributed worldwide and represented the culture and tradition of India perfectly on Guinness World Records Day 2012. See below to watch the record attempt and many more taking place around the world.



So if you ever have a story in remote parts of the world with hours to spare, it can be done!


Post by Elizabeth Herridge, Producer @ TNR Communications

The beginning of 2011 saw TNR teamed up with the Rosemary Conley press office to produce video footage of their annual Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the Year Awards.

10 Slimmer’s from around the UK were selected for their amazing effort in losing 100 stone between them at the National Slimmer of the Year Awards, hosted by Rosemary Conley and Dr Hilary Jones.

10 Finalists for the Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the Year 2011

10 Finalists for the Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the Year 2011

The Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the year is a great example of a national story with regional appeal. Each winner came from a different area within the UK, giving the regional media a positive case study to inspire their audience. Add in the fact that the media in each region are managed by local people who deal with their regional news agenda on a daily basis and we had a significant, entertaining and genuinely local PR news story to offer multiple newsrooms.

The appeal on a national and regional level resulted in our B-Roll footage being featured on ITN, ITV (Central, Meridian, North East and West Country), BBC (North West, North East and South East) and STV Edinburgh. Repackaging the footage for the online editorials saw our video featured on national websites such as The Independent, The Daily Mail and The Sun and for the regional’s an even greater pick up with the Evening Standard, The Chronicle Live, This is Devon and This is Exeter, amongst others.

Not all stories have instant multi-regional appeal but case studies, regional ambassadors and a variety of cultural opinions or statistics can create it. Messaging, content, the ‘big idea’, the communications platforms remain at the heart of a great consumer PR campaign, but taking it regional gives you the chance of showcasing your work to a much larger, appreciative and attentive audience.

Linda Parker, PR Manager for Rosemary Conley commented:

“We were delighted with the success of the Slimmer of the Year activity this year and the coverage received not only regionally but nationally supports the reason to invest in quality B-Roll and online footage. The video continues to get viewed on our website and we will definitely look to increase on the success with next year’s PR activity.

We were extremely satisfied with the excellent service we received from the entire TNR team.  They were extremely focused and dedicated to providing a first-class service to support the promotion of our annual Slimmer of the Year event.  We would have no hesitation in employing their services for future events.

Click here to watch the video for the Slimmer of the Year Awards 2011

Post by Penny Joyner (Marketing Executive @ TNR Communications)


Radio in the UK

BBC Asian Network on the Radio

In December 2010, the total radio listenership in the United Kingdom was 46.73 million people.  That 46.73m were, presumably, listening to a mix of stations which is why all programming across the  BBC can boast 34.51 million listeners and yet all commercial programming can still say they achieved 33.06 million listeners in the same period:

The top 10 radio owners with the most listeners
1. BBC national radio (34.51m)
2. Global Radio (18.6m)
3. Bauer Media (12.3m)
4. BBC local/regional radio (10.0m)
5. GMG Radio (4.7m)
6. UTV Radio (3.6m)
7. TIML Radio (1.8m)
8. BBC World Service (1.3m)
9. Orion Media (1.2m)
10. Planet Rock (0.7m)

If looking for the ‘biggest’ radio stations in the UK, the RAJAR results will always list national or London stations at the top due to the sheer volume of people tuning in:

The top 10 radio stations with the most listeners

1. BBC Radio 2 (13.94m)
2. BBC Radio 1 (11.42m)
3. BBC Radio 4 (10.32m)
4. Heart (7.4m)
5. BBC Radio 5 live (7.09m)
6. Classic FM (5.72m)
7. Capital (4.0m)
8. Magic (3.8m)
9. Kiss (3.4m)
10. talkSPORT (3.09m)

However, they can often ignore smaller, local radio stations even though, in many areas, they are the station chosen more often than any other by the people who receive them.  Therefore, if you want to calculate the most popular stations, taking into account not only national stations but regional too, then the ‘reach percentage’ can be a useful figure to examine:

The top 10 radio stations with the highest share of the radio-listeners in their area

1. Manx Radio (55% of people in their area tune in)
2. Moray Firth Radio (54%)
3. Radio Borders (52%)
4. Channel 103 (51%)
5. Island FM (48%)
6. Radio Pembrokeshire (46%)
7. West Sound (45%)
8. CFM Radio (40%)
9. Heart North Devon (40%)
10. Northsound One (39%)

TNR Radio Producer and Community Radio presenter, Elizabeth Herridge gave her view point on the RAJAR figures and how radio stations may respond to them:

‘I know there are some sceptics who question the validity and reliability of the RAJAR figures. However, by using the same methodology each quarter, the research will always throw up useful comparative figures, so you know if your station has improved or not. So what if the numbers seem small? If you are able to start forming a trend and see how you are received in your area against your rivals then it’s still a great benchmark… and on the flip side it also provides another criterion against which to evaluate coverage for PR stories.’

NB: The above figures are based on RAJAR results ending December 2010 and are based on listeners over the age of 15 who tuned in for at least five minutes.

Post by Penny Joyner (Marketing Executive @ TNR Communications)

Nikolay Bojilov from Bulgaria winner of the Triumph Inspiration Award 2010 poses with Helena Christensen and a model wearing the winning design Morphology on the catwalk at the Triumph Inspiration Award 2010 at the Old Sorting Office in central London.

Nikolay Bojilov from Bulgaria winner of the Triumph Inspiration Award 2010 poses with Helena Christensen and a model wearing the winning design Morphology on the catwalk at the Triumph Inspiration Award 2010 at the Old Sorting Office in central London.

The Triumph Inspiration Award (London, 16 September 2010) showcased original lingerie designs from 27 international fashion students each of whom won their place in the global final with a piece inspired by the theme of “Shape Sensation”. One winner and two runner-ups were announced on the night, judged by a panel of fashion royalty including Helena Christensen, Rankin and Matthew Williamson.

Top fashion PR agency, Yellowdoor and their client, Triumph appointed TNR to provide broadcast, online and photography PR support with the aim of securing global coverage of the London event.

The first challenge was to agree the logistics of producing media materials to meet the requirements of journalists in multiple countries:

  • Priorities were set for the TV and online B-Roll which, at 15 minutes, meant there was not enough space to include regionalized content for all 27 countries’ finalists.  Instead, elements were selected which made the ‘Award’ event a news story in its own right (e.g. the celebrity guests, the top three designs, the winning moment etc).
  • We also made the 27 VTs that featured the finalists (used in the live show), available to both TV and online media as downloadable video files.
  • Our photography featured all 27 designs plus key ‘news’ moments from the evening (e.g. red carpet, judges posing with the winner etc) to cater for the 27 countries’ requirements and any others for whom a fashion story of this calibre would be of interest.

Being a live show, it was vital the video and photography teams worked through every detail of the Awards schedule and floor plan with the event company in advance to ensure every angle was covered by our TV cameras and that our photographers could get a clear shot of each design.  The result was three camera teams and two photographers strategically positioned to record the catwalk event, the winning moment and to gather news collateral backstage and post-event.  This all had to be achieved while taking into consideration the needs of attending media who were positioned in press pens on the red carpet and at the end of the runway.

Ultimately, the story’s newsworthiness was dependent on the materials being made available to media in a timely way i.e. for use in news bulletins that night and the following morning.  Therefore, the next step was to lay out a shooting and editing itinerary that matched the Award programme and allowed us to push out materials within a couple of hours of the winner being announced.  This meant having two editors on site who were fed footage and stills throughout the event by a runner.

Once edited, the photographs were sent to the Press Association to be turned around for the wire that night.  The photographs were also uploaded to the Online Press Office during the night so that media outside the UK could also have direct access for immediate coverage.  Local PRs in every country were provided with details of the Online Press Office to pass on to their local media contacts.

The distribution of video footage across the world is complex and makes use of multiple satellites and fibre connections to media towers similar to the BT Tower in London.  Identifying these and arranging for the necessary feeds to take place within the various time zones we were targeting was imperative.  Two feeds went out during the night allowing access for Australia and Asia for their lunchtime programmes, breakfast coverage in Europe and evening coverage in the US.

However, it was the preparation and execution of the international sell in to broadcasters and online media to inform them of the story and available video that was pivotal to the success of the overall campaign. Months of research, planning and clear communication between the teams at Yellowdoor, Triumph and TNR took place to establish areas of responsibility including;

  • How current, strong relationships with the mainstream media and trade press would be split between the different teams for the most impact and effective use of time
  • How we would need to stagger working hours to ensure all countries were contacted within their working day (this meant some very early mornings and late finishes for the TNR media relations team!)
  • How to incorporate conversations with video desks at the traditional press (e.g. newspapers) into both the online and press sell-ins.
  • Coordinating with local PR teams who were also liaising with press in their country.

The result was that the footage was picked up all over the world by major international media including both AP and Reuters (global news agencies), BBC (UK), Sky Television (Australia), RAI (Italy), Fuji TV (Japan), RTL (Germany) and CCTV (China) and many more.

The B-Roll footage for the event was also picked up by the Press Association Video wire and distributed to online media outlets in the UK including the Independent, The Evening Standard and Yahoo.

Click here to watch the A-Roll footage for the Triumph Inspiration Awards 2010

And for another viewpoint…

Fashion Bloggers viewpoint from the night:

Capulets Couture

The Style PA

Fashion Editor at large

Katie Chutzpah