Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quality assurance

The Telegraph says that Steve Hewlett's documentary "Reinventing the Royals" will be shown uncut, and perhaps in February, if a slot can be found. This looks like a win for Sally Osman, PR Boss For All Royals, over Kristina Kyriacou, part-time spinner for Prince Charles, and soon to depart Clarence House. Kristina said all she wanted was assurances "regarding fairness, accuracy and tone in accordance with the principles of editorial fairness and obligations under the BBC Editorial Guidelines and the Ofcom Broadcasting Code." I rather hope no such assurance was given, written or otherwise.

(Spookily, we've also learnt that Kristina's other client, Cheryl Versini Fernandez, has relaunched the Cheryl Cole Foundation as Cheryl's Trust. Both versions were designed to raise funds for the Prince's Trust, and don't seem to have standalone websites.)

Others believed to have profited from the delay to the Royal documentary are lawyers Harbottle & Lewis,, said to have helped Kristina with letters to the BBC. Harbottle helped News International review email traffic about phone hacking back in 2007.

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