Bournemouth, Dorset-based public relations agency Deep South Media, staffed by a large team of professionally-qualified news journalists, specialises in stand-out digital content and newsroom services for 50 companies and organisations.
On your behalf, our range of affordable services include public relations, videography and photography, design and training in media interviews and journalism skills.
In a number of cases our clients have had significant returns on investment. That’s apart from the substantial savings to be had by outsourcing your communications to us – we cost up to 75% less than an in-house content manager and there are no contractual tie-ins.
We ensure your messages are explained in ways your customers, staff, clients, suppliers and investors find relevant and interesting.
Awareness of your service, product or process is delivered by us through a range of digital channels, as well as mainstream media and your website’s all-important news section.
From retainers to one-off projects, Deep South Media is your go-to consultancy for professional multi-media content.
Managing Director Ron Wain has impressive credentials in projecting and protecting the reputations of a wide range of businesses.
Clients he advises include one of the UK’s top 10 accountancy firms, the South’s largest land and property auctioneer and a civil engineer working in challenging environments across the world.
Ron devised Deep South’s 24/7 press office service, the only one of its kind in the South to be entirely staffed by news professionals and utilised by more than 30 companies because of its effectiveness and value for money.
His expertise includes applying journalistic values to get maximum news value from subjects, however complex, and advising in controversial situations where every minute counts.
Formerly a business editor and deputy news editor of the Southern Daily Echo, he joined Deep South Media in 2006 and was appointed Commercial Director in 2011 and Joint Managing Director in 2014.
Ron made headline news himself in 1995, having cycled 9,000 miles up and across the entire length of South America, from Argentina to Colombia.
Scott Sinclair has more than 20 years’ experience in media and communications. He has a background in daily and weekly newspaper journalism plus client and agency-side B2B and B2C media relations.
Before joining Deep South he was Head of Corporate Communications at Great Britain’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey. This involved managing an in-house press office and corporate communications team and being the official spokesperson in the press and on radio and TV.
Scott provides strategic and tactical PR support for clients in a diverse range of sectors including aerospace, care homes, technology, transport and geoinformation.
He was appointed Account Director at Deep South in 2008, Digital Services and Bids Manager in 2013 and Senior Account Director in 2014. He was appointed to the Board as a Director in January 2016.
Andrew Diprose is a highly experienced media specialist with a strong background in radio and newspaper journalism and corporate PR.
He advises clients in the legal, accountancy, public transport, care home and recycling sectors.
His expertise lies in managing complex issues, often in fast-moving situations. He launched Deep South Media’s PR Division in 2005 and joined the Board as a Director in 2011.
Andrew formerly handled the PR for regional newspaper group Newsquest and before that was Business Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His other posts during a 37 year career have included Head of News at Chiltern Radio covering Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Kay Sinclair is Deep South’s Chief Editor/Designer, and is responsible for all the newspapers, magazines and staff newsletters we publish for clients.
Her expertise is in both stylish design and fastidious copy editing and she looks after a client list that ranges from local authorities to schools and major corporations.
After training as a reporter, Kay worked as chief sub-editor for the Radio Times, then as chief sub-editor of the advertising industry’s critical mouthpiece, Campaign. Four years were spent as production editor with the Express Newspaper Group on their Spotlight Publications, notably Music Week, and a further two with the Times Educational Supplement and Higher Educational Supplement before moving to Bournemouth where she worked for the Daily Echo as a sub editor.
She has been with Deep South since its inception in 1998 and was appointed to the Board as a Director in 2013.
Ed Baker is a former press agency journalist who spent 12 years writing for the national papers, both tabloids and broadsheets.He has worked on some of the biggest stories in the South and understands how the media think and work. Ed has broken numerous exclusives and has a bulging contacts book, which he is putting to good use for Deep South Media.
He has given media training to the military and specialises in crisis comms and website content that enhance search engine optimisation.
He joined the company as Account Director in October 2012.
Rachel Read has two decades worth of experience in news and communications.
A former daily newspaper journalist, Rachel has used her extensive skills to provide crisis communications support and proactive positive coverage for local government.
Rachel was a senior reporter and fire correspondent for the Daily Echo in Bournemouth, specialising in news features.
Recently Rachel has worked as a senior communications officer for Salisbury District Council and Wiltshire Council, where she launched and edited an award winning magazine.
Rachel provides strategic communications support across all media, including social media and SEO articles for websites.
She joined Deep South Media as Account Director in November 2012.
James Tourgout is a former business editor and deputy head of news who spent 18 years writing for the Dorset Echo and associated titles.
He put his broad range of excellent writing and media skills to good use on many business and news projects and publications but also covered some of the biggest stories of recent years.
James has many contacts across the South and brings a depth of experience and knowledge to his role.
He provides press office, communications and PR support for clients across the South and the West Country.
James joined Deep South Media in November 2013.
Debbie Granville has 19 years’ experience in news and communications.
A former daily newspaper feature writer, she has worked for titles across East London, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire and her writing has been highly commended by the industry.
Debbie has also worked as a press officer for IPC Media, promoting national magazine titles including Country Life and Woman’s Own.
Her communications experience with the English Tourist Board and British Tourist Authority saw Debbie publicise Britain to both the domestic and international markets.
Debbie specialises in communications for the charity, retail, tourism, legal, accountancy and education sectors.
She joined Deep South Media as Account Director in May 2014.
Cliff Moore has more than 34 years’ experience in the daily and weekly newspaper industry in editing, reporting and page design.
He trained with Times-Herald Newspapers in Poole before becoming chief reporter, news editor and, finally, editor of the award-winning Advertiser Series in Dorset for ten years
He also held the role of deputy editor at the Dorset Echo for a decade from 1997, before becoming the paper’s head of production.
Cliff also led a team of 26 staff as head of multimedia production at one of the UK’s largest regional publishing group Newsquest’s Weymouth centre.
He was responsible for the production of the Dorset Echo, Bournemouth Echo, Brighton Argus, Salisbury Journal, numerous weekly and free newspapers and glossy monthly magazines.
He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Deep South Media which he joined as account director and designer in March 2015.
Paul Collins is DSM’s Head of Visual and is responsible for our photographic and video division.
An award-winning photographer, Paul took up his new role in July 2015.
As Picture Editor of the Southern Daily Echo and Newsquest Hampshire from 1999 to 2015, Paul was responsible for the photographic content of the Southern Daily Echo, Hampshire Chronicle, Basingstoke Gazette, Romsey Advertiser, Andover Advertiser and associated newspapers, magazines, websites and supplements.
This included managing the photographic departments and staff of all of the publications; providing imaging and video solutions for media associated with them and maintaining and developing a picture database containing over 1 million images. Under his leadership the Southampton centre sold more images than any other centre in Newsquest nationwide with his pictures being the biggest sellers.
Strong images have never been more important, particularly in this age of social media. DSM’s photographic and video division can provide superb still and moving images at highly competitive rates.
Debbie Moore has more than 30 years’ experience in newspapers and magazines.
She trained as a reporter and has spent most of her career as a sub-editor and designer. Roles have included Supplements Editor for the Bournemouth Daily Echo, responsible for the paper’s many and varied features supplements and magazines.
In recent years she was solely responsible for the design, layout and subbing of glossy Dorset Society and the Daily Echo’s Seven Days magazine. She has a great eye for detail and enjoys combining high-quality design with perfectly edited copy.
Debbie joined Deep South Media as a designer in October 2015.
Gareth Weekes is Executive Chairman of Deep South Media. He founded the company in 1998, recognising that trained and highly experienced journalists make the best communicators.
A writer, editor and trainer, Gareth has recruited a formidable team of media professionals. The firm’s PR division protects and projects the reputations of 45 retained clients in the public and private sectors while Deep South’s publishing arm has produced many millions of magazines and newspapers for clients.
Gareth, who had a long career as a provincial newspaper editor, has written and delivered training courses to hundreds of journalists in more than 20 Commonwealth countries. He was an early pioneer of distance learning techniques with Deep South’s online journalism courses proving particularly popular with journalists working overseas.