On 17 February 2010 I was very grateful to be asked to speak on the BBC 2 program Working Lunch. The show had recently been contacted by many viewers who had complained of being contacted by these companies.
This is great news for us, because we now have the BBC aware of these companies again. They have asked me to keep in touch which I will do, so please keep your reports coming in to me as I can bring these to the attention of the BBC and maybe we can get Watchdog involved at a later date.
There was some great advice from the show which I will be putting into a proper post later but to summarise:-
- Keep records of all your communications with the companies
- Ask the companies lots of questions about their company and publication
- If they say you agreed to advertise ask for proof
- If they threaten court action, Trading Standards have never seen ANY case go all the way to court
If you missed the show, you can see it here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8520364.stm