DIARY: Hoping to make a career out of complaining

While some people in the world of PR are shying away from the bright lights of TV (see below), others are actively seeking them out.

While some people in the world of PR are shying away from the

bright lights of TV (see below), others are actively seeking them

out.



Craigie Taylor account director Tom Webb was outraged at a 1998 Channel

4 programme which offered Michael Portillo what Webb considered ’free

publicity’. So Webb contacted Right to Reply producer Steve Warr, and

went on the show to complain.



Such was his success, that he became a regular member of the programme’s

’viewer’s panel’. Hot on the heels of an appearance in November, Webb

last week presented a ten-minute slot complaining about his perceived

prioritising of entertainment over education in the car-chase favourite

Police, Camera, Action.



Webb is now considering a move into television presenting full-time, and

is open to offers. In the meantime, he is perfectly happy for people to

subject his PR decisions to the same degree of scrutiny he inflicts on

the nation’s programme-makers.



’TV dominates our lives. To have a chance to interact with it in this

way is a rare, fantastic opportunity,’ he gushes.



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