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Blagger's Blog- Fake news, beating Blue Monday, Carillion, Elle Derby


Weekly High

Congratulations, you’ve done it. Monday 15th January was officially 2018’s Blue Monday, the most depressing date of the entire year, and it was certainly a bad one (see our Weekly Low). But what this does mean, at least, is it’s all downhill from here. Consider yourself a real hero for beating the hump.

Weekly Low


This week saw the collapse of Carillion, Britain’s second largest construction giant which is also responsible for a huge number of government maintenance and management contracts. Thankfully job losses look to be far fewer than many first feared when news hit, but it still represents a huge case of mismanagement and awful PR for the firm’s industry. Read our thoughts on what it means for comms here.

Need To Know

*A luxury hotel in Dublin has blanket banned social media influencers after a cutting response to a request from Elle Derby for free accommodation. We’ll be publishing our own thoughts on this next week.

*Amazon has launched a smart clock as it looks to corner the home tech market even more than it already has.

*Instagram is experimenting with new features, including text-only Stories Screens, and GIFs.

Just In Case You Missed Us

On the Smoking Gun blog over the last five days, aside from Carillion, have been stories relating to The Guardian’s new masthead and tabloid format,  and our roundup of key takeouts from CES 2018, ranging from the rise of robots and personalised tech, to a lack of women in the sector overall.

The Blagger’s Blog is Smoking Gun PR’s weekly roundup of media news, sans effort

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