Phil Hall
Phil was editor of Britain’s biggest selling newspaper, the News of the World, for five years before taking up the reins as editor-in-chief of the world’s most well known celebrity magazine, Hello! alongside the position of editorial director of development for Trinity Mirror, Europe’s largest newspaper publishing group. He is now CEO of PHA Media, a company which he founded in 2004 with a team of just four members of staff and just a handful of clients in a small office in Carnaby Street. In nine short years, the agency has increased its staff base fifteen-fold to sixty, taken on two floors in a premises in Wardour Street, won numerous industry awards, and has been named the fastest growing and most dynamic agency around in PR Week’s Top 150 list.

As the Chairman of PHA Media, Phil specialises in reputation management and when called for, crisis management; advising high profile businesses and personalities on how to best engage with the media, including increasingly the online community. He is well known for his success in both protecting and enhancing reputations and has firsthand experience of doing so. Phil is extremely involved in every aspect of the world of media and regularly concludes the working day by attending networking events. As well as his wealth of journalism experience across all sectors of the media, Phil has held influential positions on the Press Complaints Commission - the industries regulator - first as a senior representative of the newspaper industry and then for an unprecedented time, as the representative of the magazine world.

You can contact Phil Hall on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Entries by Phil Hall

What Stories Are Deemed Newsworthy and Why is this?

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 6:17 AM

Why do some stories generate pages of widespread coverage and other - equally newsworthy stories - receive little more than a brief mention?

Many questioned why the horrific aftermath of the Boko Haram massacre on Nigerian villages, which killed an estimated 2,500, received such a low level of coverage,...

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PR Winners and Losers of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 5:45 AM

From the slick 'Yes' campaign that almost delivered a sensational victory in the Scottish independence referendum to the embarrassing spectacle of Ed Miliband's attempt to eat a bacon sandwich, 2014 has demonstrated the increasing importance of presenting the right image. But who were the biggest PR winners and losers of...

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After Oscar Pistorius, Are We Ready for Televised Criminal Trials?

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 8:00 PM

The televising of court cases is upon us and is being universally welcomed by the media, most of our leading lawyers and the public. Justice should be seen to be done after all?

I am not so sure it is as simple as that. The OJ Simpson...

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England Boss Needs Charm Offensive

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Newspapers are looking for a headline and individuals, companies or teams facing the media spotlight have to realise that.

As media professionals, PRs may have not have invented the game, but they do know how to play by the rules.

Roy Hodgson seems...

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Prime Minister's Handling of Maria Miller Scandal Is Like a Sunday Night TV Drama

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:56 AM

With barely a voting slip between the two main parties, honesty is going to be the subject in the minds of most of the electorate come the General Election next year.

Just who do the public trust most at a time when the popularity of politicians is at an all-time...

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Communications Around Missing Flight MH370 Have Failed in More Than Ways Than One

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Where is missing flight MH370?

The million dollar question is being asked daily, by media, newscasters, politicians, aviation experts and millions of people around the world.

It is truly a global story, one of the most perplexing modern day mysteries we have seen.

Everyone has their own...

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Should Celebrities Facing Sex Offence Trials Be Granted Anonymity Until They Have Been Tried?

(7) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 9:15 AM

The question so many media pundits are asking right now is, has there been a celebrity witch-hunt with cases like Dave Lee Travis and Bill Roache?

The police are in a difficult position and it is my experience they are reluctant to charge people unless they have a weight of...

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The Time Was Right to Call Time on Kevin Pietersen's Magnificent England Career

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Kevin Pietersen is England's greatest ever run scorer. Roy Keane was arguably one of Manchester United's greatest ever players. Lewis Hamilton, was the whizz-kid extraordinaire. Three iconic sportsmen - but none of them are team players.

The effect they have had on their respective sports has been immense. And the...

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The Lord Rennard Saga Has Greater Implications for the Country

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 7:49 AM

The Lord Rennard saga has greater implications for the country than simply exposing what he did or didn't do.

Nick Clegg famously took a swipe at "the self-appointed detectives in the Press" in relation to the allegations against his party's former Chief Executive.

And yet he believes Lord Rennard...

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Hollande May Feel It's Private, but the Whole World Is Watching...

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:30 AM

There is a joke going around social media which is a satirical take on France President Francois Hollande's much talked about press conference.

It goes like this:
Journalist: "Monsieur Hollande, did you have an affair with that actress?"
Hollande: "No comment."
Journalist: "How is the labour...

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Tom's Decision Is a Brave One - but Inevitable After Entering the Celebrity World

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Is Tom Daley a victim of the vile trolls that inhabit our internet, often 'outing' the sexual preferences of well-known people who crave some sort of normality in their private lives?

Or could it be claimed he has no right to a private life when he has spoken so openly...

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Public Relations Could Have Helped the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:11 AM

The typhoon that swept through the Philippines last week has been followed by a storm of anger over the complete lack of activity by the Philippines' government... or at least that is how it seems.

It is a country that is far more sophisticated than many in the West may...

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Parliamentary Select Comittees: Proper Public Enquiry or PR Exercise?

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:29 AM

Seeing the spy chiefs' questions in front of a Parliamentary Select Committee threw up one clear question for me: was this really a proper public inquiry into the outrageous bugging of heads of states around the globe, or was it a cynical PR exercise?

Andrew Parker, head of MI5, was...

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William Is the Royal PR King - But Kate Is Key

(50) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Even the hardest of hearts can't help to have been warmed by the historic christening pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with baby Prince George.

The infant heir has even been treated to his first taste of royal watching, with the newspapers cheekily doing some re-christening of...

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The Press' Portrayal of Football Managers

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 11:03 AM

"Why let the facts get in the way of a good story" was a saying you often used to hear in the newsrooms of our tabloid newspapers. It was usually meant tongue in cheek.

But surely this is the case with Roy Hodgson, the England manager, who...

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