As well as placing your stories with national papers and magazines, we also have close contacts at daytime television shows such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain. As a result, our clients often appear on these shows after they’ve done a sit down interview with a paper (if they want to of course).
Today, Talk to the Press feature writer Emily Cope took our clients Nick, Chloe and Amanda Gazzard, to appear on This Morning and meet the show’s presenters Eamonn and Ruth.
The Gazzards wanted to go on This Morning’s sofa to share their heartbreaking story about their daughter Hollie Gazzard, who was brutally murdered in broad daylight by her ex-boyfriend, Asher Maslin, 22, in February 2013 – whilst she was at work at a hairdressers.
In a story that shocked the nation, CCTV captured Maslin trading in a DVD player to get cash to buy a 12 inch kitchen knife before heading over to Hollie’s place of work and stabbing her to death. Last week he was sentenced to life imprisonment at Gloucester Crown Court.
Despite losing their beloved daughter in the most tragic of circumstances, the Gazzards are now campaigning to raise awareness for other domestic violence victims. They’ve since set up their own charity, the Hollie Gazzard Trust. We are all wearing the charity’s pink and purple wristbands to show our support. We continue to work with the Gazzards and Victim Support to help the family continue to raise awareness through the media. You can visit the Hollie Gazzard Trust here.
For some, the idea of appearing on television can feel like a daunting experience. But we can assure you that all our clients enjoy the day and tell us it’s their favourite part of talking to the press. The staff and hosts of This Morning go out of their way to make the experience easy, stress-free and memorable – even when they’re discussing traumatic events. The studio is also much smaller and cosier than you’d imagine from watching the show on television, so everyone feels at home and comfortable.
Plus, there are usually a few celebrities milling around in the green room, which is always exciting! We’ve met Keith Lemon, Rylan, Ollie Murs and a number of soap stars to name a few! Everyone who goes on the show comes down to London the day before, stays in a hotel and get their hair and make up professionally done too! It really is a great experience.
Most importantly, appearing on shows such as This Morning has enormous reach, so if you are sharing an important story that can help or inspire others, or raise the profile of a charity or cause, it really is worth doing.
If you have a story to share with the media, and would like to be on This Morning, email us on [email protected] or fill out our ‘Sell My Story’ form to the right. You can also read our tips and advice about how to sell a story to a magazine or newspaper here: Tips & Advice.