Denver PR Blog

American Airlines Deftly Navigates ‘Strollergate’
April 27, 2017, 10:23 am
Filed under: Public Relations

PRWeek examines why American Airlines “Strollergate” didn’t rise to the level that United Airlines experienced. From reporter Diana Bradley:

“…By responding to its own incident quickly, American Airlines halted the matter from blowing up, crisis experts say. Just a few hours after the video was published on Facebook, the airline company issued a statement, which it put on its website. In the statement, the airline apologized, said it had launched an investigation to obtain the facts, noted it had upgraded the family affected to first class, and added it had suspended the flight attendant involved.”

Tweeter Adds Two Clients
April 26, 2017, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Tweeter Communications has added Confadent Oral Technology and Gray Cloak Tech’s ShareRails as clients.

Long-rumored ESPN Layoffs May Begin Next Week
April 25, 2017, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

The long-rumored mass layoffs at ESPN may begin next week, and they may be larger than expected. From Matt Bonesteel at the Washington Post:

The job cuts, which will come from the network’s sizable stable of on-air and online talent, have long been expected as ESPN looks to pare expenses in the wake of mounting subscriber losses and rising rights fees. Over the past five years, the network has lost somewhere around 12 million subscribers while shelling out billions for the right to televise leagues such as the NFL and NBA.

PR Industry Vets Form Spearca Communications
April 25, 2017, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Former Bawmann Group VPs Maggie Spain, Tammy Stratton and Jennifer Nuhfer have formed Spearca Communications, a full-service, woman-owned strategic marketing and communications agency. Spearca, which means “spark” in Old English, offers communications, marketing & advertising, and digital marketing services.

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Police, CBS Affiliate May Be Hiding Name of NFL Draftee Accused of Sexual Assault
April 25, 2017, 9:32 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Are the Cleveland Police Department and the city’s CBS affiliate conspiring to hide the identity of a projected first-round NFL prospect accused of sexual assault so his draft status won’t be hurt? It would seem so. Barry Petchesky reports:

A player who is expected to go in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft has been accused of sexual assault, according to Cleveland 19 News. But this is a weird one: The station is not naming the player, despite having a statement from his attorney, because the cops are dragging their feet on filing a police report.

UPDATE: TMZ has learned the name of the football player, and not surprisingly he is a local star.

Question of the Day, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
April 24, 2017, 8:37 am
Filed under: Public Relations

How many whistleblowers are required to make federal regulators take accusations of banking fraud seriously? More than 700, apparently.

CORA Law Trips Up Denver Water
April 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Denver Water learned the hard way to watch what you put in emails when you are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). In a 7News investigation related to a bonus awarded to Denver Water’s CEO, investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski captured this email exchange:

Employee #1: “Where are you? We just got a CORA from Channel 7.”

Employee #2: “Home … you can call me. What are they looking for?”

Employee #1 “Glad you’re home and sitting down. You may want to pour a shot of tequila.”

Employee #2: “Fuck. Is it about pension? Or rates? Who is it from?”

7News also published invoices totaling $3,200 from Denver crisis management firm Rockford Gray to media train Denver Water’s CEO and one of its former board members.