Mar 15, 2018

Media Adviser: a dummy’s guide to booking panels

How do you organise a panel on a controversial subject without causing a national outrage? Rebekah Holt offers advice in a brand new column.

Rebekah Holt

Freelance journalist

Media Adviser is a new advice column from journalist and psychotherapist Rebekah Holt that offers insight on recurring media dramas and their related ethical dilemmas.

Q: I'm in charge of booking a TV panel tomorrow on a controversial topic, and haven't quite locked everyone in. What's the best way of going about that without having my show or the hosts at the centre of a national scandal?

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  1. Arky

    The rest of the article was great; I have reservations about bagging the invitation to include Waterstreet.

    We can agree that the need to represent multiple viewpoints goes away when one of the viewpoints is as extreme as a neo-Nazi. I don’t think the inclusion of someone like Waterstreet on a #meToo panel is in any way in the same ballpark- these panels can’t be echo chambers and a bunch of people all in agreement is not only terrible television but also no useful discussion or debate. It’s not like Waterstreet would have been up there defending the sexual harassment of women (he does after all deny the allegations).

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