Merry Christmas from the CHOICE Media team!
Thank you for your support of CHOICE's research, policy, testing and content over the year. As a non-profit organisation, our collaborations with media colleagues help us with our mission in educating, informing and advocating for the consumer rights of Australians.
We're still here over Christmas and New Year, but will have staff on a roster over the next couple of weeks. This email is to let you know what's coming up and to help plan ahead.
Here's what's happening:
General notes for the next two weeks:
- Our media phone will be on a roster, utilising call forwarding. This means we will not receive SMS. Please call 0430 172 669 and you will be forwarded to the rostered staff member for the day.
- We will have limited access to our subject matter experts, but can cover generalist consumer rights over this period. Key times for best availability are detailed below, but we will still take your call throughout the period.
- CHOICE has made a conscious decision in 2019 and moving forward to comment on fewer topics to provide higher quality, more focused comment. This means we may say no to some topics we used to talk about, however, we have prepared some content for this period detailed below.
- Many of you are (hopefully!) having a holiday. If you have colleagues working over Christmas/NY who aren't on our list but would like to stay up to date, let them know they can sign up to our media list here: https://choice.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=270103a13e38b9f6643b82a8e&id=fbd36ba2b3
Christmas Week - December 21 - December 29
Our lead spokesperson will be CHOICE Managing Editor Margaret Rafferty.
We'll have some Boxing Day sales content available for publishing on Christmas Day. This can be provided on embargo to help you plan ahead.
Christmas Week - Key pre-record days
Marg will be available on the public holidays, the CHOICE office will be closed but if you would like to pre-record, we can book in times on the 23rd and 24th while the CHOICE offices are open and available.
New Year’s Week - December 30 - January 5
Our lead spokesperson will be CHOICE consumer advocate Jonathan Brown.
We'll have some advice content for New Year’s Day covering personal finance and household tips for the new year. This can be provided on embargo to help you plan ahead.
New Year’s Week - Key pre-record days
Jonathan will be available on the public holiday, the CHOICE office will be closed but if you would like to pre-record, we can book times on the 30th and 31st while the CHOICE offices are open and available.
We'll have some capacity for comment to reactive news, dependent on the availability of our subject matter experts, but take note of the point above about CHOICE refining down to fewer topics.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks again for your support across the year. We hope you have a great start to 2020.
- CHOICE Media Team