The Spin Crowd: Who Are These People?

I’ve been in public relations now for almost 20 years. I’ve worked in-house, run agencies and have had success as a freelancer too. I have never met people like the ones featured in the upcoming reality series The Spin Crowd.

This show scares me. It will kill the reputation of a profession that already struggles to be taken seriously as an important business discipline. Past TV shows like Absolutely Fabulous, Spin City and Absolute Power have all poked fun at PR, but as they are all dramatisations, it’s easy enough for audiences to laugh along with us. But, The Spin Crowd is a ‘reality’ programme so will be taken at face value. They will be laughing at us. Or, even more worrisome, they’ll be laughing at what they think we really are.

Take it from me, the people featured in The Spin Crowd are not like any of the hard-working communications professionals I’ve had the priveldge of working with the years.

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Sherrilynne Starkie is a consultant at PDMS. For almost 18 years, Sherrilynne has been advising blue-chip organisations on both sides of the pond, covering Britain, Canada and the United States. For three years, Sherrilynne was the Tech Talk columnist for the Isle of Man newspapers. She serves on the steering committee for Isle of Man Women in Business, is on the Executive Council for the Isle of Man Junior Chamber of Commerce. In the past she was on the management committee for the Isle of Man British Computer Society and the marketing committee of Junior Achievement.

  • Lis

    I don’t work in PR and don’t really know much about PR outside of what the general public would know however after seeing this show I do think that these people must be the worse PR company around if they are happy to be part of a show which is showing them in such a bad light.