Broadcast media relations expert John Stonborough is linking up
with one of the BBC’s former legal advisers to tackle hostile programme
David Williams, a qualified barrister and formerly senior assistant in
the BBC’s programme complaints unit, left the corporation after 14 years
to go freelance last week.
Working as a consultant to John Stonborough and Company, Williams will
advise on legal and regulatory aspects of dealing with the media.
In extreme cases this could include seeking an injunction to prevent a
programme being broadcast. However, Williams said being able to talk to
the legal representatives of media companies in their own terms would
often prove effective.
Williams said he thought there was an increasing demand for this kind of
legal advice as ’companies become more aware of their rights’.
Stonborough, whose clients have included Ian Greer, Shell, and Camelot
said: ’I’ve been on a five-year quest for a lawyer with the sort of
expertise David has in the media, law and regulation’
’He will ensure we are able to advise clients not only on on-air
performance also have the best media and regulatory legal advice