28 episodes

The big questions in media, politics, business and PR, apprehended by leading experts and thinkers in these fields. Amid the noise of the modern world, this podcast from Portland Communications seeks to bring you that increasingly rare thing: clarity.

To the Point with Portland Portland Communications

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 16 Ratings

The big questions in media, politics, business and PR, apprehended by leading experts and thinkers in these fields. Amid the noise of the modern world, this podcast from Portland Communications seeks to bring you that increasingly rare thing: clarity.

    How charities and corporates can work best together

    How charities and corporates can work best together

    A series of crises of the last few years has resulted in a consistent number of people turning to the British Red Cross for help and support. In this episode of To the Point, Zoe Abrams, Executive Director, Strategy and Communications at the British Red Cross sat down with Portland Senior Advisor, David Page to discuss what it takes to grow understanding of an already high-profile charity and how charities and corporates can work best together.

    • 23 min
    The media as a mechanism for political currency

    The media as a mechanism for political currency

    The Trump presidency saw significant changes in how and why news stories were covered, with the news cycle being noticeably shorter than in previous years and the rise of social media as a platform for coverage. In this episode, Ali Velshi, host of MSNBC Velshi and NBC News business correspondent, sits down with Portland’s Washington DC Director Meghan Powers to discuss the fickle US media landscape, what really drives 24/7 news cycle and the media as a mechanism for political currency.

    • 24 min
    Rethinking tech policy

    Rethinking tech policy

    Lord Ed Vaizey was dubbed “The Digital Lord” by Forbes magazine, such is his interest in tech, having previously served as Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries for the full six years of David Cameron’s government between 2010 and 2016, the longest tenure of any minister in the post. In this episode he sits down with Anita Boateng, policy and public affairs partner at Portland, to discuss how the current government differs to the one Ed served under when it comes to tech policy, the positives and the perils of tech and crypto regulation, and where the great opportunities for tech growth lie.

    • 27 min
    The new importance of internal comms

    The new importance of internal comms

    The pandemic and the shift to hybrid working have raised the profile and importance of internal comms. Remote workers have different needs and can feel disconnected from their employers if communications aren’t handled right, and workers on the whole are more selective about the jobs they take and what they expect from the people they work with. In this episode, internal comms experts Sue Dewhurst, Liam FitzPatrick and Justin Talbot discuss how employers can better engage their people in times of change.

    • 24 min
    Comms in the public glare

    Comms in the public glare

    Working for institutions that are in the media, public and political glare on an almost daily basis presents a unique set of challenges. Each morning you might be met with a stack of press cuttings the size of a doorstep, and that’s to say nothing of the thousands of social media posts about your brand. In this episode, Mike Peacock, Portland Senior Advisor and former Head of Comms at the Bank of England, sits down with Andrew Whyte, who led comms departments at the BBC, Financial Conduct Authority and the Foreign Office. They discuss the hypervigilance required when working at institutions like these, and how you sift through the noise.

    • 28 min
    The false perception of doing business in Africa

    The false perception of doing business in Africa

    ‘Twitter opens HQ in Ghana’ is a typical African tech news story that will get reported around the world, but what about the 500+ tech companies operating in Ghana who aren’t getting the headlines? In this episode, Portland Consultant Georgie Ndirangu chats with Moky Makura, Executive Director of narrative change organisation Africa No Filter. They discuss a new report that shines light on persistent, problematic narratives on doing business in Africa, as the continent’s potential continues to be neglected.

    • 23 min

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