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Media and Press centre

The British public receive the majority of their information about the Armed Forces and MOD from the media. Engaging with and informing the media is critically important if we are to maintain public support for defence and the reputation of the Armed Forces.

Media Operations

Working in conjunction with the Defence Press Office the Directorate of News Media Operations team is responsible for ensuring deployed media operations teams are delivering the key strategic public messages.

Enquiries should be routed through the Ministry of Defence's 24-hour press office number: 0207 218 7907 (+44 207 218 7907).

The Green Book

The Green Book covers Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Working Arrangements with the Media. This document is produced in consultation with editors and press and broadcasting organisations as a general guide to the procedures that the MOD will adopt in working with the media throughout the full spectrum of military operations.

It covers the practical arrangements for enabling correspondents to report on operations, including the MOD's plans for correspondents accompanying British Forces and sets out what editors can expect from the MOD and what the MOD seeks from the media.

Media Operations Group (MOG)

Media Operations are critical to the successful outcome of any mission on the modern battlefield. They also provide a vital link between military operations on the ground, and understanding from the general public back home.

MOG is a specialist Army Reserve unit. Its members work closely with the fighting troops. Senior officers advise Commanders and develop strategy. MOG officers run the Press Information Centre (PIC), which is the first port of call for journalists in an operational theatre.

It is here that journalists are briefed on what is happening with the military campaign, given access to the spokesperson for interviews, and are briefed to contextualise events.

Regional Press Offices

Scotland

Martine McNee 0131 310 2092
Fiona McNaught 0131 310 2091
Bill Jamieson 0131 310 2611

Northern Ireland

Ken Johnston 028 922 63419
Gary Hill 028 922 64766

North and East England

Penny Veale 01904 662533
Jason Teasdale  01772 703000 (Preston) 
Tim Zillessen 01748 872260 (Catterick)
Alison Cobb 0115 957 2845 (East Midlands & East Anglia) 

Wales and West Midlands

Belinda Steel 01952 673694
01952 673695 (West Midlands)
Gavin O’Connor 01874 613480 (Wales)

London

Susan Coulthard 020 7414 2396

South West England

Tammy Dixon 01980 656422
Kerry Randall 01980 656424

South East England

Chris Fletcher 01252 347944 (Aldershot)
Sarah Kingshott 01252 347754
Anita Jack 01252 787273
Mark Mundy 01303 225564 (Folkestone)
Gareth Palmer 01206 815057 (Colchester)

British Forces Germany

Mike Whitehurst 0049 521 92542754
Mr Allen 0049 521 92542616
Ms Hollmann 0049 521 92542708

 

Army Photography

Army photographerArmy photographers are the eyes and documenters of the military actions that shape our times. Often working under difficult conditions, their iconic imagery captures moments in history, and very often the very deepest of human emotions with vivid honesty and clarity, making their work some of the most sought-after.

Although controlled by the RLC the photographic branch is responsible for all photography in the Army, and its personnel will find themselves attached to the various regiments - indeed, wherever the Army finds itself on operational duties there will be a photographer present.

Combat Camera Team (CCT)

Combat Camera Team at work in Helmand ProvinceThe Combat Camera Team (CCT) is a trio of defence correspondents for the MOD. It's their job to collect multimedia stories about British forces on operations in Afghanistan.

The three are all trained soldiers who have served in other parts of the Army, and can revert to this role if needs be. As a result, they are able to go forward and interact with troops in ways that other forms of media can’t.

As a news team, the CCT produce:

  • video rushes and interviews for broadcasters;
  • packaged videos for the web;
  • written copy;
  • stills photography ;
  • podcasts and radio interviews; and
  • live and pre-recorded interviews from the field.

The team’s stories and material are then distributed directly to the British and worldwide media.

Combat Camera Team in Helmand on Op HERRICK 12


The Combat Camera Team (CCT) is a trio of defence correspondents for the MOD. It's their job to collect multimedia stories about British forces on operations in Afghanistan.

The three are all trained soldiers who have served in other parts of the Army, and can revert to this role if needs be. As a result, they are able to go forward and interact with troops in ways that other forms of media can’t.

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