We had lots of content planned this week, but a late-breaking story drove a number of requests to the PR and Law Podcast... and we definitely take requests! The longtime anthem singer of an NHL team was fired in a public way after taking part in a "freedom rally" to oppose government restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Did the team have grounds to fire him? What rights does the anthem singer have? And what about the PR fallout? We go through all of it - in detail.
With Christmas around the corner, Ewan also brings up the thorny issue of company holiday parties. They can be rife with potential risk in the best of times, but during a pandemic those risks are exponential. Ewan talks about what companies should think about and how they might be able to avoid some costly problems.
In "Check This Out" both hosts turn to business news, with Ewan examining Warner's decision to release 17 feature films on HBO Max, while Cam looks at the Salesforce acquisition of Slack and how Microsoft Teams played a role.
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Links and Show Notes
- Canucks fire anthem singer Mark Donnelly for performing at anti-mask rally - New York Post
- Canucks cut ties with anthem singer Mark Donnelly over plan to sing at anti-mask rally - Vancouver Sun
- Inside the decision to have Mark Donnelly on TSN 1040 hours after his firing by Canucks - TSN 1040
- Episode #9: HBO Max's Marketing Mess - PR & Law Podcast
- The Verge's Casey Newton turns to newsletters, the latest well-known journalist to go independent - CamMacMurchy.com
Check This Out
- Hollywood, theatre owners sound off over Warner Bros' bold HBO Max move: 'they're playing with fire' - Variety
- How Microsoft crushed Slack - Platformer
Ewan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.