“No comments and don’t quote me!”
Asian governments and companies are just not getting it. While they may pay lip service to the importance of media relations, many government and corporate leaders are not putting their money where their mouths are. As a result, many are being punished unnecessarily by their own press mismanagement.
In this delightful book filled with unpublished media stories and useful practical tips, veteran journalist and spin doctor Quak Hiang Whai serves up some of the most spectacular media crises, fiascos and lessons culled from his two decades of media experience. He also shares some of the positive impressions of astute political and corporate leaders who have shown the way in taming the media tiger.
Through colourful anecdotes, Hiang Whai offers his media management philosophy and methods to both media managers and their bosses on how they can better organise themselves and manage their media relations. In his final analysis, the author warns that non-engagement is not an option for any modern leader. Public and private organisations can achieve so much more in what they do with just a little more focus, resources and efforts on the media management front.
Quak Hiang WhaiQuak Hiang Whai is a veteran journalist and a former news editor of Business Times. He has worked in print and television media with news conglomerate Singapore Press Holdings, spending six years heading the Hong Kong bureau for Business Times covering the Greater China region. Hiang Whai left journalism after 17 years to join Singapore's United Overseas Bank Group as head of group communications and investor relations divisions.