Representatives from various QPR Fan sites met Tuesay evening with members of the QPR Media Team. Below are the approved minutes of this meeting (which are being published simultaneously on a number of QPR Boards.) Massive thanks to Clive Whittingham of Loft for Words for writing up these minutes (and doing so, so rapidly!)
QPR-FAN SITE MEETING
From the club’s media team – Ian Taylor (IT) and Paul Morrissey (PM)
From the sites – Matthew Woolf MW (WATRBS), Ian Gamber IG (QPR Report), David Fraser DF (Open All R’s Podcast), Simon Dorset SD (Not 606), Clive Whittingham CW (LoftforWords), Steve Sayce SS (Indy R’s)
Apologies – Ron Norris RN (QPRnet)
IT gave some background for people who hadn’t attended the first meeting, reiterating the club’s desire to hold these events quarterly where possible. He added that the media department is staffed by six full time employees with further help with camera work on a matchday. That was well below average for a Premier League club but on par with other sides in the Championship. The media team will remain at six for next season. The club see the internal media (programme, official website, Inside R’s online magazine etc) as being of increased importance moving into 2013/14 with the club’s relegation inevitably bringing a drop in media interest from the likes of Sky and the BBC.
IT said the board had made it very clear they don’t want to make drastic changes because of the relegation, which obviously wasn’t in the script and had hit the staff very hard. The club are said to bevery keen to foster a stable working environment at all levels across the club and the Community Trust. IT said that he and PM had both been with the club for more than seven years and they felt the communication in the past, particularly during the Briatore/Ecclestone era, had broken down between the club and the fans. Mistakes had been made and efforts were being made to set them right – including meetings such as this one.
All reps said that general feedback from site regulars was that few QPR fans actually use the official site anymore because of its poor quality.