Saturday, 26 November 2011


Harry McRandle
Chief Operating Officer at FlyOnTheWall

Motherwell, United Kingdom
Events Services
Harry McRandle's Overview
Current •Chief Operating Officer at FlyOnTheWall
Past •Director at Braw Events
•Head of Events at Glasgows
Education •University of Central Lancashire
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Connections 70 connections
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Harry McRandle's Experience
Chief Operating Officer FlyOnTheWall Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Events Services industry

November 2010 – Present (1 year 1 month)

It is with great pleasure that I have accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at FlyOnTheWall. I am looking forward to enhancing the event broadcasting experience for all of our clients.

Director Braw Events
April 2008 – November 2010 (2 years 8 months)

Conference and Event Management.

Project managing all aspects of meetings, conferences and or roadshows. Over 14 Years experience of working on small consultation events to large high profile conferences.

Head of Events Glasgows Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Events Services industry

June 1994 – April 2008 (13 years 11 months)

Harry McRandle's Education
University of Central Lancashire BA (Hons), Tourism and Hospitality Managament
1992 – 1994

Graduated with honours and subjects included: Event Management, Strategic Management, Commincations, Accountancy, Tourism, Hospitallity Management and Global Green Issues.

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This blog will be the first part in a look at Jersey's only paper, the Jersey Evening Post. I will not be looking at the obvious biased coverage that the paper gave to its preferred candidate, Sir Philip Bailhache during the whole of the Senatorial Elections, last month, nor the lack of balanced reporting (not yet).
Today, I am simply doing in this post is putting up a copy of the letter I sent to the editor, Chris Bright, yesterday complaining about repeated inaccurate reporting from his paper, which is either down to staff incompetence or institutional bias. I am compelled to publish it here as I doubt it will see the light of day in his paper.

I will expand more on the circumstances and Mr Bright's attempt to threaten me in the next post, but for now, here is the letter.


States ChambersRoyal SquareSt Helier

23rd November 2011Dear Sirs,

I am obliged to write to you to correct an inaccuracy in yesterday’s JEP by your political correspondent Lucy Mason. Your reporter stated incorrectly that I had ‘admitted spoiling [my] paper in the third round [for the election of Privileges and Procedures Chairman].’ This is untrue. Firstly, I admitted no such thing and secondly, I did not spoil my paper (I am happy to confirm that I voted for the winner).

This is by no means the first time that your political correspondents have misrepresented me. Only three weeks ago (2nd November), I was given a written apology by another of your political correspondents, Toby Chiang, following a curious report in the fly which said I was wearing a ‘badge’ that was either a Sheriff’s badge or some left over from a Halloween costume. It was in fact the Royal British Legion enamel poppy, which was also being worn as a sign of respect by a number of my colleagues. Why I was singled out for misreporting, I have no idea.

Again, earlier in the year, I was given a written apology by Harry McRandle, who had misreported comments I made during a Jersey Finance forum. An apology was printed and Mr McRandle said in his email to me on 2nd February 2011 that ‘this happened inadvertently because he was distracted and missed some of what you said.’

I would ask that in future, such errors are avoided, as intentional or not, they have the effect of conveying a false impression which is all too easily picked up upon by those who would seek to disparage the valid work which any political representative legitimately seeks to undertake.

Moreover, I would like to take this opportunity to register my disappointment at the coverage which the Ministerial and Chairmen’s elections have received in your paper. Apart from the Chief Minister’s election, no coverage was given other candidates who did not manage to secure positions, even though their speeches and the questions which followed were equally relevant and sometimes better than those of the successful candidates.

It seems to me that rather than making up words and attributing them falsely to States Members, your reporters would do better to actually report on what was said, or else get out of the business of journalism altogether.


Deputy Montfort Tadier


Tomorrow: Chris Bright's defensive and threatening response
Posted by Deputy Montfort Tadier at 12:20 AM
Labels: Chris Bright, Harry McRandle, JEP, Jersey evening post. Lucy Mason
Anonymous said...
I don't know why you bother. The JEP have been off the rails even before you've been around.

Friday, 25 November, 2011
Anonymous said...
Vfc & Rico are blowing these muppets out of the water. As a politician what can you do about it.

Friday, 25 November, 2011
voiceforchildren said...

As the saying goes "you couldn't make it up" but clearly the JEP do. Credit to you for having the courage to speak out and expose this lot because they, being the only "News"paper on the island, have the power to destroy your political career. Thankfully Politicians like yourself, and a growing number of others, do not feel as intimidated by this paper as they did before the internet (Blogs).

"Tomorrow: Chris Bright's defensive and threatening response."

That's very interesting, and in particular, the "threatening" bit as I have seen a letter from Chris Bright to another politician that could be read as a threat also.

If you are up for an interview on the subject of "State Media" let me know. In the meantime check THIS out.

Friday, 25 November, 2011
Anonymous said...
Brilliant, can't wait for the response!

Friday, 25 November, 2011
Anonymous said...
I wrote to Chris Bright myself about the apalling media coverage & utter discontempt for victims. The reply I got back from him was astonishing, it was rude, threatning and made to feel we were something disgusting on the bottom of he's shoe, this was shown to people who were utterly disgusted for the Editor of our only paper to treat people in this way, so how are we ever to get the real truth out there when we have people like that in charge of what gets written.

Friday, 25 November, 2011
Anonymous said...
I think this is wonderful. Newspapers are supposed to report facts, not make things up and play nasty political cheap tricks.

Well done.


Friday, 25 November, 2011
Nick Palmer said...
The misreporting you have delineated is relatively minor, though irritating. Another example that is also relatively minor (but irritates me) is the JEP's tendency to describe the incinerator as a waste to energy plant or an energy from waste plant.

Leaving aside environmental considerations about how this description falsely greenwashes the public perception as to whether we are handling our waste properly (we are not), I have several times attempted to correct JEP staff, particularly Harry MacScandal, as he is known in the trade, that the incinerator should not be described as they do because incinerators of this size cannot be thermodynamically efficient enough to be thus described under EU regulations.

Under these (unless they have changed recently) what we have at the gateway to Jersey is an architecturally designed disposal plant.

With incinerators the bigger the better, efficiency wise. To be described accurately as an EU compliant energy from waste plant, the incinerator would have had to be capable of burning at least 200,000 tonnes per year. As it was sized to burn not much more than 100,000 tonnes per year, it is just too small to be efficient enough to be described as they do.

When I emailed Harry M about this he didn't say "oh sorry, didn't know, won't do it again" or some such, he actually told me I was obsessed. He has continued to falsely describe the incinerator, as have most other JEP reporters who mention it since.

Now, as I mentioned at the beginning, this one thing is not significant but one can extrapolate the JEP's corporate attitude from it - and that is significant.

From my own experience with the medium over many years, I think the JEP swings from investigative journalism to highly biased political promotion/cover up, from fair and straight to biased and misleading. It seems to change with the wind!

I still buy it and I still rate it over CTV. I think financially they are probably struggling and I wouldn't like to see them close but sometimes they can be a pain and I think this happens when editorial policy gets a bit too heavy-handed.

Friday, 25 November, 2011


What Did FlyOnTheWall deliver?
Challenges we faced and overcame
Facts and Figures

Client: The Glasgows Group on behalf of the COI for DCSF


THE DCSF were conducting a major consultation – with experts, professionals, children and parents – on the delivery of children’s services to help the department develop its new Children’s Plan. As part of this consultation, DCSF conducted deliberative research using ‘Time to Talk’ Forums to gather the views and opinions of children, young people, professionals and policy experts. The ‘Time To Talk’ Forums were held simultaneously in 4 locations across England, with up to 150 participants in each location. The organisers wanted to bring the venues together, throughout the day, in order that:

Participants at each venue could hear what people around the country in other forums were saying
Ministerial attendance of the forums, including at the London forum that of the prime minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP could be relayed to all venues
Polling results at each location could be shared across locations Naturally bringing together the separate forums together throughout the course of the day helped participants to appreciate they were participating in a national event and helped underpin the importance of the event to them.

What Did FlyOnTheWall deliver?
Provision of two-way satellite links for audio and video between the remote location venues of London, Birmingham and Portsmouth and the main hub venue in Leeds
Provision of continuous coverage of activity over the day using a mixture of feeds from each location to provide a ’broadcast mix’ delivered back to each of the four locations.

Challenges we faced and overcame
Timings were tight – we were commissioned with nine working days before delivery at the event
The venues were chosen and booked, before the decision to link the four events was taken. This provided us with a challenge as none of the venues were entirely appropriate for filming or delivering a nationwide satellite link-up.
Tight booking timings meant that together with the event organisers we had one evening to setup and rehearse
To ensure the client got value for money by taking advantage of the broadcast deployment throughout the entire day, ensuring the ‘national’ feel of the event was maximised
Synchronising a national timing plan across the four venues


The event was a huge success – with a seamless linkup between the four venues. In addition to the distribution of the opening address by the Prime Minister, the satellite link-up was able to provide substantial value throughout the course of the day, enabling the delivery of a truly nationwide simultaneous event.

‘The delivery of the Time to Talk Four Venue Link-Up was a huge team effort and FlyOnTheWall played an essential role bringing not just technical know-how but creative flair to help make it an engaging and memorable event for all’
Harry McRandle, Executive Project Manager - The Glasgows Group

“I breathe a sigh of relief when FlyOnTheWall are involved in a project, they always make it happen and I haven’t found a safer pair of hands in the broadcast industry.”
Harry McRandle, Executive Project Manager - The Glasgows Group

Facts and Figures
4 venue 2-way satellite link up
150 participants per location
Video and audio production at each location
32 hours of airtime
4 satellite uplink units
6 satellite engineers
4 portable production units
6 camera operators
4 floor managers


Zoompad said...

My ratings have gone right up! I wonder why?

Zoompad said...

I need a break, plenty of other blogging anti child abuse campaigners to take over though, praise the Lord!