Media Check

An Experian Media Check is designed to supplement an application.

It can uncover new information as well as validating and reinforcing what you already know, giving you the confidence you need to make accurate, informed decisions when recruiting.

We search a market leading database for instances that may have brought the candidate to the public attention, helping you to have a complete and balanced a view of the candidate as possible.

About the check

Media Checks have been known to uncover articles linking candidates to crime, terrorism or scandal. These links could damage your company’s reputation if brought to the public’s attention post employment, especially if you work within a regulated sector.

A Media search could also uncover an article that places your candidate in a positive light. This could support their application through validating your initial impressions, giving you a richer understanding of a candidate’s personality than can be gleaned from a CV alone. It could even highlight some skills or qualities that might not otherwise have been discussed during the application process.

Experian Media Checks are not necessarily relevant for every candidate or every role. But with potential risks of reputational damage, they could be considered an integral part of the overall background checking process for businesses in protected sectors, or for those who are recruiting for senior managerial roles.

Turnaround time

Upon receiving a submission, we will conduct a Media Check within four hours. Our reports are concise and accessible, immediately giving you the information you need to proceed with the application.


Media Check sample report


How can I order reports?

I want my own report

As of the 11th December 2017, this function will no longer be available. You can find more information here.


I am a business
I want 1-10 checks per year

Online service includes

  • Basic Criminal Record Check
  • Identity Check
  • Adverse Financial Check
  • Only £54.99 incl. VAT

I am a business
I want 11+ checks per year

Managed service includes

  • Basic, standard or enhanced Criminal Record Checks
  • Identity Check
  • Adverse Financial Checks
  • Validation Checks
  • Reference Checks
  • Contact us for bespoke service and pricing
Note: Not all employment positions are eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check. To check the DBS Eligibility Guidance please click here.