October 19th, 2011

BBC Tries to Cover-Up for Yentob


Following our story yesterday about the BBC’s “Creative Director” Alan Yentob auctioning an internship for £4,100 a  BBC spokesperson claimed:

“Alan made this commitment in order to raise money for the charity Kids Company.  He is well aware of the guidelines around access to the BBC for work experience which is why the day does not involve spending any time there.  It will instead involve shadowing him on other arts and culture projects that he is involved in.”

If this were true the auction bidder could make a claim under the Trade Descriptions Act because the auction was for the chance to “Shadow the BBC creative director for a week”.

So either the BBC press office has been mislead by Mr Yentob or the auction was run under a false description. Since we have documentation which describes the auction item as “Shadow the BBC creative director for a week” Guido suggests there should be a proper inquiry. It is always the cover-up that gets you…


195 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    you would have thought panarama would investigate!

    • 11
      misterned says:

      BBC in double standards, lying and corruption scandal!!

      In other words, the BBC being the BBC.

      They are all over the Dale Farm shithole this morning as Police get stuck into the protesters. Guess which side is getting the sympathy? Yup, the criminal parasites who illegally built permanent structures.

      • 19

        He looks like a fucking Dale farm pikey…

        • 35
          Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

          Greg Dyke Gets peddled from BBC for telling Truth. Well done the BBC shows that they suck on the Giant Government Co-k

          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            Isn’t Yentob the friend of Prince Charles??

            Cameron is whipping his MPs against having a motion to debate the in/out EU referendum. Where is his credibility or will this prove to be the last cast iron word he ever speaks to a deaf public??

          • misterned says:

            Looks like Cameron may already be backtracking and U turning on his U turn. he is facing quite the backlash from his backbenchers over this.

            I will write to my MP again on this and I urge everyone else to write, text, email their MP to ask them politely to support a referendum. Whether they be pro EU or Anti EU or confused about the EU.

        • 44
          Anonymous says:

          It had already cost the council over £22 million, still government is not changing the law to make it a criminal offence.

          These people will end up moving to another place and doing the same.

          • Tax Payer says:

            How do you spend £22m sending stroppy letters and putting up notices?

            I accept the court action and eviction won’t be cheap, but £22m seems an exaggeration.

          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            @tax payer

            its been going on ten years , overall costs are quoed at about 18-20 million

          • Anonymous says:

            Both sides legal action was paid by tax payers, one by the council other by legal aid.

          • Anonymous says:

            The entire saga is estimated to cost taxpayers an estimated £22million – or more than £250,000 to shift every traveller family on the site.
            Basildon Council who are part-funding the eviction are having to knock £7million off their budgets. They have allocated £8m to removing the travellers.
            Hiring bailiffs Constant and Co is costing the authority an estimated £2.2million and it is predicted that a further £1.5million will have to be spent returning the site to greenbelt land, the Daily Telegraph reported.
            Once the eviction is complete a further £1m will have to be spent giving the Dale Farm residents temporary housing. Separately, Essex Police are spending an estimated £12.5million removing the travellers. The Home Office is expected to fund just under half the policing bill.

            Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050762/Dale-Farm-eviction-Battle-Basildon-begin-bailiffs-prepare-enter-campsite.html#ixzz1bDRtOcby

          • Edwina Currie says:

            Phwoar! What a looker! Chosen ones are so sexy!

          • misterned says:

            Give the traveller’s the bill. They have a lot of unused property in Ireland that they could sell to pay it.

          • M says:

            I guess we need to get permission from Europe to change the law

            If you tolerate Dale farm your Back garden will next

          • Desperate Dan says:

            We’re sending the £22million bill to Dublin. They’re Irish citizens and the British public can’t possibly be held responsible for them.

          • only asking says:

            If they’re travellers, why aren’t they travelling?

        • 67
          Gypsy Rose Lee says:

          Jason the on site Sky reporter appears to have gone native…

          • Iloathlefties says:

            F**k the illegal travellers get us out of the EU. £13.5 billion costs, £262 billion trade deficit over the last 10 years, no control over our borders and 1000,000 young people undercut by eastern europeans and unemployed, no reform of the CAP, an entire fishing industry lost, imposing 20% renewables (windmills) by 2020. F**k the liberal Camoron he knows nothing and has never had a proper job.

      • 23
        Anonymous says:

        Why isn’t BBC allowed to do a internal quick report like the one Cameron did on Fox? I am sure BBC has lots of staff who can cover up BBC’s faults.

        • 39
          Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

          !No!!! The BBC dont have the resources to check that Government Ministers can Lie to the Public about Natural Gas prices that are now lower than in 2004. So if they are part of the SCAM to Rob the people? Why do we pay the licence fee.

      • 29
        Anonymous says:

        “illegally built permanent structures”

        It seems the riot squad got in by pushing down ordinary fence panels alongside the barricade.

        Bright lot, these ‘travellers’.

        • 41
          Anonymous says:

          Squattering is criminal offence in Scotland for over 100 years but not in England and Wales. I cannot understand why?

        • 42
          Desperate Dan says:

          Travellers? Immigrants to this country are usually very fussy about they’re called. I think they would prefer to be called Irish tinkers.

        • 160
          M says:

          These people are travellers when it’s to there advantage they are residents if it’s in their interests , thieving if they can get away with it , claiming human rights but respect nothing of others . Using infrastructure paid for by tax pays but paying nothing in to it , so they can live off the backs is other’ . In short they don’t give a flying flux about anyone but themselves

          Welcome to the socialist movement

          • Anonymous says:

            Perhaps Vanessa Redgrave and all the other luvvies who support so-called “travellers” rights may like to welcome them into their homes and gardens ?
            No, I thought not.

          • pikeys ripped me off says:

            Where are all the male travellers? Are they leaving the women to deal with the press because they don’t want to be identified?

      • 40
        Anonymous says:

        but they are ‘supporters’.

      • 43
        genghiz the kahn says:

        But they are supporters or legal observers in Beebspeak.

      • 47
        Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

        I hope you own your own home and dont live in on some Shit hole council estate on benefits. The reason I say that is because you are fu–ing next a POLICE STATE coming your way soon as the Government work out how to steal your Pension and Equity in your Home.
        F–king wake up

        • 53
          Tax Payer says:

          There is a point in there. Somewhere.

          The BBC this morning reporting there are millions of unused bedrooms, particularly in homes owned by the elderly.

          That sounds a bit ominous?

        • 58
          The Real World says:

          I can think of a lot of estates which hardly ever see the police from one end of the month to another. Residents’ lives are made a misery by the ill-educated scrotes that are allowed to fester there.

        • 64
          Desperate Dan says:

          Oh hell. You’re right. I’d better join the camp-in at St Pauls. The government should take money away from other people who’ve earned it and give it to me.

        • 139
          misterned says:

          I do legally own my own home actually, and I pay all the required taxes and seek no assistance or privileged position from the state.

          These static ‘travellers’ have all been offered alternative accommodation. They rejected this. Alternative sites are being set up all over the country for these travellers, but they are empty because the ‘travelling community’ reject the conditions of residence which state that residents pay taxes like all other people and they keep their camps clean.

          Some people are claiming that the Dale Farm eviction is racially motivated ethnic cleansing.

          Well, A) It is not a fucking farm, it is a shithole.
          B) ‘Travellers’ is not a race or culture, it is a DECISION. It must be the only race in the world which one can opt out of by getting a P60!
          C) clearing the illegal HALF of one small site is NOT ethnic cleansing.
          If the government were sending brown-shirts all over the country to find travellers and execute them, THEN that would be ethnic cleansing.

          There is a HUGE difference between ethnic cleansing and upholding planning regulations. To even equate the tow shows a complete and total insane disconnect with reality.

          As for the claim that this law is being applied in a racially discriminatory way? Where were all these protestors when the white middle class Robert Fidler had his Castle demolished under the SAME law???

          These planning laws apply EQUALLY to ALL. That is actually the OPPOSITE of discrimination. FFS!

          Where are these protesters when Tesco wants to build a new store? Out demonstrating in favour of the green belt land, NOT the people wanting to build on it!

          I hope the police have fun giving those unlawful protesters a damn good kicking.

          As for Police state? from a government which scrapped ID cards and the intrusive databases and is SLOWLY removing some other statist apparatus of the previous authoritarian government? Are you serious?

          There simply is NO rational, cogent, intelligent, correct argument to be made in favour of the Dale ‘farm’ residents staying illegally on that land.

          Where will they go? Well could I suggest that they take a very very short walk to the 100% LEGAL Half of their site and doss down there? Or are travellers so racist and discriminatory that even they will not put up with travellers arriving on their doorstep? In which case, why the fuck should the law abiding, tax-paying majority?

          They have NO argument, NO case and NO right to stay and they should just FUCK OFF!

          • Mystick1 says:

            Excellent comment. They could easily return to their own houses in the Irish Republic

          • Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

            And What the F–k does that have to do with anything you DOPE on a Rope. The STATE IS SKINT, It is spending Millions on Policing and Wont/Cant stop. Your Pension, National Health Welfare State. OH and if I didn’t make myself Clear. The Equity in your Home is at Risk. You keep on supporting the LAW and I am sure the Government will use the LAW to take your Property. They are already lying to you about the Cost of the Phoney Drug War and War in Afghanistan. I will repeat myself WAKE UP.

        • 166
          Anonymous says:

          Did you attend school?

          • Anonymous says:

            That was directed at Rage Against the Political Elite, not misterned- whose
            points I agree with wholeheartedly.

      • 56
        Axe The Telly Tax says:

        I wonder if the BBC will be sending them a £1000 fine for non payment of the telly tax and have them thrown in prison if they refuse to pay it.

        Essex Council should present them all with a bill for 13 years of unpaid council tax as a going away present.

        Hahahahahaha.

        • 68
          Judge Dreadful says:

          There are a lot of vans on that camp site. How many of them are taxed and insured? Crush every one that isn’t.

        • 109
          Alexsandr says:

          they can also ask them for the money it has cost for the enforcement. Hope they get some.

    • 120
      Anonymous says:

      Katia Zatuliveter, 26, also had a string of affairs or ‘flirtations’ with other political figures including a Nato official and a Dutch diplomat.
      She is accused of trying to access secret defence information from Mike Hancock, for whom she worked as an aide.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050528/Katia-Zatuliveter-Russian-spy-used-affair-Lib-Dem-MP-Mike-Hancock.html#ixzz1bDlZTYt1

      • 145
        Luciana Berger - who hasn't she shagged? says:

        I think this is known as a paradox; either the DM or Hancock must be telling the truth – but they are both as likely to tell the truth as is Cameron to accept a vintage other than ’61 when he orders Petrus. Katia wasn’t previously known as Natalie Rowe by any chance?

    • 190
      The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

      ALAN YENTOB ATE MY DOG, HE SLICED IT AND HE DICED IT AND HE STUCK IT IN A WOK, THEN HE ATE IT’S HAIRY COCK. ALAN YENTOB ATE MY DOG!

  2. 2
    Third year medja student says:

    I wouldn’t buy a second hand car from this guy

  3. 4
    Adam W says:

    Can I apply please ?

    • 6
      The BBC are cunts says:

      Yes, we take all kinds of useless dross.

      • 34
        Anonymous says:

        ‘It sounds like a con, but Harry is genuinely shaping up to be one of the best young Apache pilots this country has ever seen,’ said an Army source.

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2050776/Top-gun-Prince-Harry-amazes-helicopter-instructors-U-S-flying-skills.html#ixzz1bDNj86Ze

        • 152
          Luciana Berger - who hasn't she shagged? says:

          Of course he is. Harry’s flying skills and US intelligence. They cancel each other out to produce the desired result (Although I still wouldn’t risk arranging a wedding within 500 miles of the base).

        • 181
          Airey Belvoir says:

          This must be embarrassing for those Army pilots who have enjoyed the current wisdom that flying an Apache requires a high degree of intelligence. It seems that one fiddled A Level in Art is quite sufficient.

        • 184
          The Other bloke says:

          I reckon that the Young Prince must be one of the best blokes in the universe to go out on the razzle with. As for his helicopter skills–his uncle Andrew passed out top of his class too and he can’t find his own backside without team from the Palace with electric torches.

    • 7
      Polly's husband says:

      Can I apply too ?

      I need another public sector yen job

      • 74
        Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

        It would be an ideal job for Katya when she is exonerated at the end of this trial. It would also allow her to stay in the country, so we can rekindle our romance.

      • 107
        Effin pedants says:

        As was pointed out elsewhere, Yentob is almost an anagram of Toynbe(e). Curious innit..

        • 154
          Luciana Berger - who hasn't she shagged? says:

          Pure accident. Yentob was an amendment to his original name – Bentyob.

  4. 5
    That was the week that was says:

    Typical Botney

  5. 8
    Josiah Bartlett says:

    I think Guido is trying to create a scandal here where there isn’t one.

    • 20
      Spank Sinatra says:

      You must be new here – half the fun is seeing where things run. Whilst I would accept it’s barely a scandal, poking fun at overpaid slobs is what we do.

    • 21
      Truth says:

      The BBC was in existence long before Guido was born you muppet

      • 193
        RedEd'smumcrustyflaps says:

        Yes, spinning liberal bollox boring Hunts – they all need shooting! Ed hang on your turkey drummers are nearly ready….

    • 86
      The BBC's unnoficial spokesperson of no fixed gender or religion says:

      We think so too – than you comrade.

    • 173
      kleegish says:

      These sorts of things are called ‘appearance of impropriety,’ which is probably not enough to get you the sack but makes you have to defend yourself for something that you’d much rather just let slide. Guido’s brief is to tie people’s knickers in a knot; that something could metastasise into a scandal is strictly gravy where Ol’ Gunpowder Boy’s concerned. Not that he doesn’t try, you realise.

  6. 9
    shunt69 says:

    It would appear that the corruption that infected our politicians then the bankers (who still haven’t been prosecuted for fraud or corruption let alone investigated by the monopolies and mergers) has hit the BBC. Internships for £4k but local radio is to die the death of a thousand cuts……………

  7. 10
    Desperate Dan says:

    I hope the Charity Commission is keeping a close eye out for any dodgy “expenses” claims in Kids Company accounts. If the BBC has gained some integrity and decided to stop Botney’s luxury globetrotting, paid for by licence fee payers, he might be looking for another outlet to fund his lifestyle.

    • 15
      Luvvies incorporated says:

      We always use charities to divert attention from the millions we take from the public purse

    • 92
      EdButLookBalls says:

      It adds an air of ‘caring’ to their persona in the eyes of the public, whilst they are sucking ‘harder and deeper’ (got that one off Ed) on the public teat. Cnuts!!

    • 156
      Luciana Berger - who hasn't she shagged? says:

      He could always resurrect Atlantic Bridge. They already have the procedures in place.

  8. 12
    Hampstead hedge fund manager says:

    Break up the BBC

    And abolish the license fee

    I will do it for 5% of the proceeeds

  9. 12
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Couldn’t we use the Trades Descriptions Act 1968 to nullify the 1975 referendum on the Common Market now that it has morphed into a totalitarian superstate?

  10. 14
    boulay says:

    you are wasting your time. remember, left good, right bad.

    guardian tax avoidance – good tax avoidance
    lord ashcroft tax avoidance – evil tax avoidance

    werrity advice through “charity” – deception
    ed balls advice through “charity” – misunderstanding

    labour mps children at private schools – private matter
    tory mps from public school – disgusting toffs who must have been in bullingdon

    bbc interns – good for the charity
    tory interns – nasty right wing abuse of privilege and suppression of the poor.

    and so on….

    • 30
      misterned says:

      Rich bloke who illegally built a mansion inside a haystack to thwart planning laws = rich twat who deserved having his home bulldozed

      Travellers who refuse to travel and breach planning laws = racially discriminated victims of fascist authority.

    • 55
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Guardian interns – good work placement in the real children for siblings and relatives.

      Vodafone – bad company underpaying Corporation Tax.

      Guardian – good shining example of retaining profits, through trusts and tax minimisation schemes.

      Starbucks – evil empire, exploiting staff, and not open long enough to allow Rage against Capitalism hordes to use much needed toilets for nothing.

      NI – bad business practice of phone hacking, corruption of police.

      Guardian – fearless reporting of news stories via creative use of technology and carelessness of lazy celebs and politicians.

      • 75
        jabbathecat says:

        “Guardian – good shining example of retaining profits, through trusts and tax minimisation schemes.”

        The Grauniad always makes a loss which is covered by the offshore based Scott trust, which is quite apt as socialists think profit is a dirty word and only understand spending other peoples money.

    • 157
      Luciana Berger - who hasn't she shagged? says:

      thick tory – candidate for eugenics
      thick socialist – candidate for eugenics
      Hallelujah – we’ve found something where both sides are equal (even down to the phrases ‘thick tory’ and ‘thick socialist’ both being tautologies).

  11. 16
    Raving Loon says:

    “Shadow the BBC creative director for a week while he does something completely unrelated to the BBC” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it I guess.

    • 151
      misterned says:

      I think the big difference is that this ‘prize’ was auctioned off as an offer of a week, now the BBC are claiming after the fact that it is only for one day.

      That is clearly different from what the buyer was offered before the auction.

      • 174
        Anonymous says:

        Does Botney really think he’s so important that an intern would just want to wander round aimlessly with him anywhere for a day/week.
        Sorry to break this to you Alan, but the BBC that was the draw, not you.

      • 189
        alister t says:

        totally agree

        offer & bid on – week shadowing BBC cultural director

        receive – day shadowing director of some smaller projects

        I’d simply NOT pay – give me what I bid on or don’t get my money. If I bid and win a cricket bat signed by the ashes retaining team and get a poster signed by a county’s 2nd XI I’m going to be mad

  12. 17
    End Human Slavery in All Its Forms says:

    Sack Yentob.

  13. 18
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    piece work.

  14. 22
    william says:

    Kids Company = fantastic organisation… so back off and leave them alone, or put yr hand in yr pocket and give them some cash, ffs.

    Shadowing For One Week = 5 days of hanging about like a spare dick at a dick shop. Not the same as being an intern. Grow up.

    Yentob = overpaid twat and NOT (to my knowledge) a financial terrorist bankster. (Or a Fox and his weasly mates and their snivelling scams and moonbatting backers).

    Stick to mocking his general beardy conceit and leave KC out of it.

    • 28
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Ho ho

      That made me chuckle :-)

    • 33
      Shine a Light on them says:

      Kids Company = Ends justify the means, and remember that the next time you see a fake charity providing cover for a money trail when people are up to no good.

      Shadowing For One Week = Of course you can get into Oxford, your parents are clearly well comnnected and rich enough

      Yentob = A man who has no moral compass living it large at the public’s expense an sounding off about how the rest of us should live our lives

    • 36
      Desperate Dan says:

      Kids Company exists to promote the lie that children in this country are starving to death. It is a dishonest organisation given free publicity and legitimacy by the public corporation that employs Alan Yentob.

    • 59
      Ah! Monika says:

      Have you seen his entertaining expense claims?

    • 83
      imnumbervi says:

      Camila Batmanghelidjh is almost a reason to return to a black and white telly.

      Nice to know that the BBC allow her, the head of KC on to spout her opinions and that there is no other connection between them – cough….

  15. 24
    Shine a Light on them says:

    Guido,

    Will you please stop allowing unnamed and unnamed spin-merchants to operate unaccountably at public expense? Please name and shame this ‘spokesperson’ who is being paid for by the license fee payers to try and cover up for Yentob’s shameful behaviour.

    Thanks.

  16. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    BREAKING NEWS

    Bailiffs at Dale Farm are trying to lighten the mood during the stressful eviction process, by wearing black wigs and short dresses, and calling out…

    …This is Davina, I’m coming to get you!

  17. 27
    Desperate Dan says:

    If Yentob has anything to do with Kids Company it is probably “helping” children in the Seychelles, California, the South of France, any sunny holiday paradise will do.

  18. 31

    Does the intern have to bring his own white powder?

  19. 38
    two jobs Yentob says:

    Seeing as i am being paid by the wonderful BBC for two jobs while only doing one therefore I need TWO interns!!!

  20. 46
    Ian Dale says:

    Today I got my farm back.

  21. 50
    Ah! Monika says:

    Shadow him for week but without visiting the BBC. So he can work for a week without turning up at the Beeb? Or he is doing other work during his holidays.
    We should be told.

  22. 52
    barrowboy says:

    Please could my pension “shadow” Mr Yentob´s VAST pension.

  23. 62
    Ah! Monika says:

    Sally ( feel my Boobies ) Bercow is manning the barricades at Dale farm.

    She is insisting that the police and bailiffs frisk her as is her human right.

  24. 76
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The BBC can spin but they can’t hide.

  25. 78
    Operation Scouse says:

    Fucks me it takes a scouser just seconds to remove a bicycle lock, nick some scaffolding or tow away a caravan. Our boys in blue have a lot to learn.

    • 88
      Voice of Reason says:

      The police could easily remove the chains just as fast, the problem they have is the Human Rights Act and having to be kid-glove careful all the time with these fucking useless protesters. I see the BBC are leaning towards the criminals – giving much time to a stupid girl perched on scaffolding to air her views. A water cannon would make short work of these crooks.

      • 91
        I don't need no doctor says:

        The question the BBC don’t ask the protestors.
        Have you got a job.
        How can you afford to be here for over a week.
        Are you on benefits.
        Do you believe in planning permission
        Do you believe in the rule of law.
        Why don’t you let the travellers share your home.

        • 112
          The Punctuated One says:

          I think what you are looking for are some of these: “?”

          • I don't need no doctor says:

            Excellent. You are really on the ball.

          • The Punctuated One says:

            Always a pleasure. Still, they are good questions, especially the last one.

            We will probably find the honest answer would be that travellers aren’t welcome in Hampstead. They aren’t even welcome at the Traveller’s Club.

        • 155
          misterned says:

          Why don’t the travellers on the LEGAL half of their site share their homes with those from the illegal half?

          If they will not put up with other fellow travellers, WHY THE FUCK SHOULD WE?

  26. 81
    imnumbervi says:

    Kids company?
    Does this explain the *VERY* frequent appearances of Camila Batmanghelidjh on the BBC?

    It’s become a foetid organisation that should be made to stand on its own two feet – then we’ll see just how ‘world class’ it really is.

  27. 82
    Engineer says:

    If Yentob is the BBC’s ‘Creative Director’, he presumably has to take quite a lot of the blame for the BBC’s decline. Over the last couple of decades, the comedy has declined, costume drama has declined, there has been a tendency to chase mass-market dumbed-down rubbish instead of pushing the boundaries of quality upwards, and of course it has ceased to try and compensate for it’s leftward leanings.

    The winner of this week shadowing Yentob might find the experience very valuable – a lesson in how not to go about it.

    • 111
      The BBC says:

      We haven’t made programs like Downton Abbey or Boardwalk Empire, Deal or no deal, Big bang theory etc is that we have been working on a brand new ‘Have I got news for you.’

      This marks the 22nd year of the popular show that still tops our prime time ratings!
      which is either gushingly wonderful or alternatively shows up the barrenness of our schedule.

      What the BBC needs is an extra £145/household to allow us to employ more creative talent. The current £3.4bn barely pays for the management’s wages.

      • 127
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        “deal or no deal”

        WT?

        • 132
          Well-paid TV Concept Guy says:

          It’s daytime telly. A guessing game for morons in which Noel Edmonds pretends there is something mysterious and interesting about opening boxes.

          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            I have watched it for about 15 seconds once, I think I get it.

            I’m puzzled enough to give up typing:
            why it should be a bad thing that the BBC didn’t make it.

  28. 85
    An Impartial Observer says:

    Just a teensy weensy question here:
    Yentob is paid how much by the BBC? So how does he have weeks where he ponces about doing stuff that isn’t connected with his employment by the BBC?

  29. 94
    Thickie pikey gyppoes says:

    We won’t leave Dale Farm! We’re travellers! We’re staying!

  30. 95
    turd says:

    Wasnt Yentob one of those deemed ‘top talent’ by BBC bosses ..’ top tier, highly valued’.

    What a crock of shite. Time he went

  31. 97
    Anonymous says:

    I thought a ‘Yentob’ was some kind of greasy middle eastern snack.

  32. 99
    Order Order Bug says:

    Is this site safe? There’s a box that keeps coming up with automatic updates and some blurb that the update is almost complete asking to restart now or later.

  33. 101
    Bogeyman says:

    Of course the presence of Isabella Mackie on the Grauniad’s editorial staff is entirely unconnected with the position of her father, Alan Rusbridger, Editor of said rag, which is currently running a crusade against internships.

    As we all know, Isabella (pseudonym “BellaM”) got there on raw talent alone, in particular her knack of deleting posts on CiF that do not follow left-wing orthodoxy.

    Phukin hypocrites, all these luvvies.

    • 105
      Desperate Dan says:

      And funnily enough Amy Jenkins, daughter of Polly Toynbee never has much trouble getting employment at the BBC. I wonder if Alan Yentob has ever been any help to her?

      • 126
        Alan Tiptop says:

        Marcus Brigstocke is in no way connected with his brother, Dominic Brigstocke, a television director at the BBC.

        • 168
          Desperate Dan says:

          Former BBC journalist Joshua Rosenberg played no part in his son Steve Rosenberg’s appointment as BBC journalist.

          Former BBC journalist John Sergeant played no part in his son Mike Sergeant’s appointment as BBC journalist.

          Former BBC journalist Michael Buerk played no part in his son Roland Buerk’s appointment as BBC journalist.

          • genghiz the kahn says:

            And of course Peter Snow played no part in encouraging Dan Snow to apply for work with the BBC.

    • 163
      Bogeyman says:

      And don’t anyone dare mention Seumas Milne, the Grauniad’s resident Mad Marxist, who also happens to be son of former BBC Director General Alasdair Milne. To do so would be a grave slur because there is no connection between the BBC and the Grauniad. None whatsoever.

  34. 106
    Top Tip says:

    Lighting a fire underneath a makeshift human rights observation platform will coax down any protesting crusties in double quick time.

    • 138
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      Blast Des O’Connor at them through giant megaphones/speakers like the yanks did to that South American dictator :-)

  35. 108
    Tom Baldwin says:

    I wish to advise readers/posters of this blog that Ed Miliband is in fighting mood for todays PMQ’s and that David Cameron will lose his rag today.
    It is a must watch event to be screened in just over an hour
    You have been warned.

  36. 113
    Dick the Butcher says:

    Heard that pikie spokesman with the absurd name, Pixel Wankstain or something, bleating about having another spurious appeal to the High Court.
    Probably a silly question, but who pays for these sleazy lawyers to atempt to defend the indefensible?

    • 183
      The Other bloke says:

      The taxpayer. Evey cent of the Dale Farm legal support has been paid from legal aid.

  37. 117
    Desperate Dan says:

    In Scotland in 2009/2010 there were 2,204 evictions – 1262 by local authorities and 942 by Housing Associations. (I can’t find the figures for England & Wales) The press didn’t cover them.

    There’s no sane reason why the BBC should have gone completely hysterical with blanket coverage of Dale Farm. It can only be a pathetic attempt at a subliminal message that evictions for rent arrears is good but evictions for illegal settlements is bad.

    • 125
      Blood-Soaked Labour says:

      Its simpler than that. They want lots of pictures of barricades and policemen to use as clips in Labour party election broadcasts which don’t date from Labour’s time in office

  38. 119
    Jack Hargreaves says:

    Well is it for a day (BBC PR) or is it for a week (Guido) ? If it is a for a week then how come Yentob is doing an entire week of arts and other culture projects not related to the BBC ? Is he part-time or what ?

  39. 122
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Is the Dale Farm site clearance such a major news story that the BBC has to devote so much air time? Dumbed down BBC. Why does it need two news readers to tell us?
    ? courtesy of The Punctuated One.

    • 135
      BillyBob... says:

      Do as I say….not do as I do BBC !

    • 144
      Engineer says:

      It’s because it’s close to London, so the Beeboids don’t have to travel far from their comforts. If Dale Farm was in Northumberland, they’d send one protesting junior reporter.

    • 172
      We luv travellers, but only from afar BBC says:

      Move the non-travellers to all those nice little Gloucestershire villages, stuffed full of celebs, politicos and meeja folk.

      • 177
        Desperate Dan says:

        …Preferably to the Gloucestershire village where Alan Rusbridger and Tessa Jowell have their second homes.

  40. 124
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    alan Rent-a-knob should spend some time in the stocks!

  41. 130
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Tell the Pikeys they can go and squat in one of Blair’s or Huhne’s or Meacher’s many houses or in Polly Twatbee’s villa in Tuscany.

    Hahahahahaha.

  42. 134
    Blobby and the lobby says:

    What’s the bet Tom Fatson will get on his high horse at pmqs over lobbying? I hope Cameron’s been properly briefed so that he can mention Twatson voting against transparency when he was in government.

  43. 136
    John Prescott will never go for that option says:
    • 141
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      Reminds me of a book my mum got hold of when she went on a diet.

      ‘Eat Yourself Slim”

      I kid you not.

  44. 140
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I think you may have bang to rights this time Mr Fawkes. Botney is 64. Don’t these people normally retire at 60?

  45. 141
    Desperate Dan says:

    Alan Yentob was given £100million to spend on films. As always, he handed it over to his friends’ .

  46. 161

    Good morning, this is the impartial, unbiased, non-political BBC and here is the news.

    Poor, innocent, members of the historic traveling community have become victims of unpardonable human rights abuses at the hands of fascist right wing council lackeys and storm trooper police sanctioned by the Troy-led coalition and its oppressive forces of democracy….

  47. 164
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Yentob is the sort of smug complacent tw*t who personifies the culture at the upper end of the BBC. Private Eye has been full of stories for years about his incompetence and extravagance.

    He is the sort of person who thinks that the licence payer should be grateful to have the privilege to fund massive cultural talents as himself.

    He has one use only – he is a useful reminder as to why the BBC should no longer be publicly funded.

  48. 175
    larry the cat says:

    Yet another reason to stop the TV tax to Labours media wing!

  49. 180
    gildedtumbril says:

    Totally bent like everything and everybody at the bbc,
    One suspects they only employ bent persons and others who are not straight.
    And, they are all lying bastards.

  50. 185
    BBC has damages to pay says:

    The BBC is a fucking disgrace. They are meddling, LYING, damaging spongers. I am not paying for this pathetic, corrupt, meddling, bullying, nasty, biased, greedy institution.

  51. 187
    Desperate Dan says:

    The organisers of the Dale Farm protest are both wealthy Americans – Natalie Szarek and Jacob Hirschkop. Deport them.

  52. 188
    Civil Servant says:

    Alan Yentob offers a week of his time to raise £4100 for a kid’s charity.
    Mossad had a man in the MOD, and this is what you run with?

  53. 191
    Larry of Araby: beturbaned, tanned, bummed in the sand says:

    Yeah. Check out how many men batting for other mid-east democracies there are in the FCO.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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