June 15th, 2012

Newsnight Hits Rock Bottom

The TV viewing figures for the first half of 2012 contained one very significant side note: Newsnight has been outperformed by Channel 4 News. A blow to the pride of Newsnight, Channel 4 News had an average of 0.699 million viewers while Newsnight managed only a meagre 0.664 million.

Michael Crick, who was pushed out of Newsnight and went back to Channel 4 News, will be laughing…  


  1. 1
    Init says:

    well it is shit!

  2. 2
    Krusty Skwark says:

    Fuck you all

  3. 3
    heave ho says:

    They need to get rid of Paul Lefty Mason if they want to turn the newsflagship about.

  4. 4
    Spartacus says:

    newsnight – yes i’ve heard of that . . .

  5. 5
    Paxo says:


  6. 6
    BBC Spinner says:

    This proves that the public are right behind us, our coverage of news events is sensational, we received nothing but praise for the Royal Pageant and all our output is fair and balanced.

    Now vote Labour and pay your telly tax you suckers!

  7. 7

    Is he one of us, though?

  8. 8
    annette curton says:

    Hardly surprising, BBC coverage across the board is dire, people are turning off in their droves.

  9. 9
    Sophie says:


    Is that still being broadcast?


  10. 10
    Balls Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Ed Balls for PM.

    Just listen to the wisdom and insightful comments from our Dear Leader.

  11. 11
    Louise Mensch says:

    Newsnight had better offer me a nightly residency !

  12. 12
    Engineer says:

    Thanks for the offer, but I’m washing my hair tonight.

  13. 13
    Silly Sally Bigcow says:

    Get yer own chat up lines !

  14. 14
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Yes, Paxman is paid £ 2 per viewer.

  15. 15
    Sophie says:


    Scottish public sector non job mafia continues –

    Department for International Development looking for regional managers in Scotland – £60,000 a year.

    The troughing just does not stop.

    How is that hug a hoodie muppet working out for you so called Tories?

  16. 16
    Gordon McBust says:

    I’d just like to wish Greece good luck with their election, oh and good luck to England tonight….

  17. 17
    BBC NEWS Editor says:

    Look..we give you what you want.
    yesterday we ran a full 45 minutes of leveson and Cameron looking red faced. It was brilliant!

    Then we tucked a few seconds about the supposed imminent collapse {scoff} of the EU and something about Falkland Islanders getting nationalistic about Argentina’s totally legitimate claim to the Malvinas Islands.

    And some more about the Olympic torch.Its so fun isn’t it?

    BBC – Simply the best

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  19. 19
    Telemachus' says:

    I’m glad at last you’ve realised that.

  20. 20
    Selohesra says:

    What is it about, the former special needs music treacher & Trotskyite, Mason that makes you think he can’t have a valuable insight into economic affairs

  21. 21
    The BBC News says:

    A new survey out today by the neutral and certainly not left leaning think tank ‘Posh Tory Toffs are Horrible’ warns that David Cameron can give your children Rickets…………….Ashcroft!

  22. 22
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Well what does the Lefty Biased BBC expect.

    Any normal hard working individual doesnt want to listen to their propaganda, let alone that nausiating Kirsty Sqwaak.

    There aren’t many workshy BBC suporters watching it because they are too busy spending their dole money in the club.

  23. 23
    Fish says:

    Stratton has obviously brought some of the Guardain magic with her – being used to small audiences as she is.

    Clearly Newsnight’s audience do not want to follow it on its recent lurch, even further, to the left.

  24. 24
    Fish says:

    Oh fuckin’ hell. It’s him, Telemachus’- the loony Troll from the Speccie site

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  26. 26
    Fish says:

    Not biased, though, of course;

    In this effort / stunt, the BBC gets the balance ‘just about right’.



  27. 27
    The BBC News says:

  28. 28
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Members of the public can always ‘pool’ the e-mails they may have from Newsnight going back some years while Labour were in Government…

    An e-mail paper trail – exists. Who’s got their copies to hand?

    Hey up Paxo – you really are pants.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Our ‘arry, just dumped by Tossing ham won’t be topping imself.
    With a 3 million payout, neither would I.
    Is the dog going to the bank again.
    p.s don’t forget the tax man.

  30. 30
    Fat Pang says:

    Ok . I’ll come clean Pro Consul . You want to know who Newsnight is ?

    … I’m Newsnight .

    No ! He lies !! I’m Newsnight !!

    No, they both lie .. I’m Newsnight !!

    No Pro Consul they are all mendacious — I’m Newsmight

    etc etc etc fade to Paxo with confused but still stiff upper lip .

  31. 31
    Piers Morgan says:

    “Misery loves company,” I suppose, but I’d KILL for that many viewers!

  32. 32
    annette curton says:

    Blimey, don’t tell me they attempting satire after a 13 year absence.

  33. 33
    The Hump says:

    Well that’s a relief – we can fuck between ourselves then .

    Thank the Gods we don’t have to fuck you Krusty !!

  34. 34
    Junius says:

    Did you see Nick Robinson’s signing off in his speel on the 10 o’clock news last night? I have never before heard such a one-sided partisan piece of labour speak delivered with such relish by a supposedly impartial BBC emplyoyee – and I have been watching ( and paying for) its left -wing output for a very long time. Is there no end to its utterly brazen bias?

  35. 35
    DeBretts Beerage says:

    Sel O’Hesra ??

    Are you an irish version of Michael Heseltine ??

  36. 36
    Roget's Brontosaurus says:

    No jeremy — use the correct grammar like Nnanny taught you all those years ago .

    It’s called a sphincter .

  37. 37
    "Bird" Fortune says:

    Not Only But Also …. TW3 —Friday Night ,Saturday Morning …. at last !!

  38. 38
    jgm2 says:

    In a country with five times the population of the UK I feel confident that you must have more than 700,000 viewers.

  39. 39
    Weygand says:

    Channel 4 News and Newsnight both annoy with their in-house agenda; interviewees not so much questioned as to their own analysis but interrupted, harrassed and herded into endorsing that of the interviewer. Just as on the appalling Today programme.

    All three need an urgent re-think and recasting.

  40. 40
    Sophie says:

    Yes, there is an end.

    When you stop paying the TV Tax that feeds them.

    Do it. Next time the renewal arrives pop it into the recycling.

    Then write to TV Licensing & remove the implied right of access to your property to all of their employees, agents & representatives.

    When the letters arrive to scare you, simply write on the back of the envelope NCRTS & post it back to them un-opended.

    They are powerless if you follow my model of dealing with the anger of funding the BBC.

    Dont pay them.

  41. 41
    Rick Nobinson says:

    Everyone watched me getting off on last night’s news !

  42. 42
    "Bird" Man of All That Jazz says:

    Moddy — all these are names of bona fide satirical TV shows aired in the Seventies and anchored by the likes of one D Frost Esquire . You probably weren’t born then but nothing subversive I assure you , and –yes — John Bird , John Fortune and the late lamented John Wells were staple contributors .

    Have the Censor Police finessed you into that tight a corner ?

  43. 43
    Nobby Clark says:

    664k viewers. Probably be easier – and cheaper – for Paxo to hire a community hall in North London and rant from there.

  44. 44
    "Bird" Man of All That Jazz says:

    Muchas Gratias

  45. 45
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Newsnight, te best cure yet for insomnia.

  46. 46
    annette curton says:

    He looks like the archetypical weirdo, dirty 1970’s white Mac, bald head, blacked hair (what’s left of it), industrial black plastic goggles for glasses and pin-pointy eyes, would you buy a used car from this person?, O’ hang about here is Peston to explain things to us… Earrgh!, wruumph!. Bankers!, y’know, my sources, innit, thanks for that Robert and now back to the studio.

  47. 47
    J R Ewing says:

    Yeah baybuh … but did you tell’em the real important piece o’ noos .

    Yesirree … Ah’m re- makin good ole ” Dallas ” with all the original clan who’re now all tight hipped rather than loose limbed . Still , where there’s money there we all are even in our rockin’ chairs ( Sue Ellen still looks a million dollars mind == if only mah two false hips weren’t restrictin mah movement so much
    … )

  48. 48
    Cllr Mustaffa councilhouse says:

    Who cares if only 1% of the population watch Newsnight.100% of us Politicians do…that’s all that matters.

  49. 49
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Would a former Nazi have got the job?

    It is odd how the fine journalism of Mason never covered the abject failures of socialism. After all it is so wonderful that it has been abandoned every where including central, Eastern Europe and Cuba.

  50. 50
    Init says:

  51. 51
    Jimmy says:

    I like it.

  52. 52
    The Ghost of Bob Maxwell says:

    No thanks.

    I look better than you and I’ve been dead for 22 years.

  53. 53

    It is five years since I saw any of this stuff! Except Question Time which I have watched streaming with a proxy, as they don’t allow you to watch it overseas.

    The interesting thing is that when I come back to the UK, increasingly less frequently, I don’t even bother to watch on the TV where I happen to be staying at the time. In fact, most nights I don’t switch the set on at all.

    I do not miss it at all. It is very liberating.

  54. 54
    The Ghost of Bob Maxwell says:

    Haven’t you got some minion to do that for you Rupe?

    Standing by your words I mean.

    I gets a bit bloody tiresome, all that standing.

    I think I’ll go and have a lie down with my lies.

  55. 55
    Piers Morgan says:

    Order-order.com/2012/06/06/ @ 2:11 pm

  56. 56
    The BBC doesn't actually report news says:

    Nobody watches/listens to the BBC expecting to get impartial news reporting…or in fact actual news which isn’t a “promo” for one of their upcoming programmes…You get more impartial news reporting from Russia To-day.

    The BBC sold it’s soul to Labour decades ago…you only ever get to work for them if you know someone who is already working for them or if you are an ex-Labour politician or an ex-employee of The Guardian

  57. 57
    The Ghost of Bob Maxwell says:

    And bloody good value he is!

    Sneering of that calibre doesn’t come cheap.

  58. 58
    Libertarian says:

    You bastard!

  59. 59
    The Ghost of Bob Maxwell says:

    I forsee great things for this young lassie.

    A media whore errmm…. mogul in the making.

  60. 60
    The Ghost of Bob Maxwell says:

    I think even misery would avoid your company Piers old chum.

  61. 61
    J Paxman says:


  62. 62
  63. 63

    I am getting Media Guido up on some screens and the old Tittle Tattle, gossip and rumours… masthead on others.

    Has order-order become a sort of coalition?

  64. 64
    just saying says:

    Your forgot Mason on Newsnight on how everyone in Greece will vote for the cuddly Marxists as they’re the only party who can save the country from financial ruin.

  65. 65
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    I wish France and Italy well.

  66. 66
    I never have conflicts of interest says:

    Me too, but not Kisty Wark and her unintelligible accent.

    There were controversies regarding her closeness to the Labour Party if I recall correctly?

  67. 67
  68. 68
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Gordon Brown warns euro facing “a day of reckoning” with France and Italy at risk #euro.

    He is also warning of the “day of reckoning” with fairies, trolls,pixies and all sort of woodland dwellers

  69. 69
    Going down says:

    Well if Sky reduced their subscription by a few quid so the other 650,000 could afford to sign up, there would be nobody left to watch “news”night. Then Skwawky could rant to herself every night

  70. 70
    just asking says:

    Weren’t Wark and her husband accused of hacking into emails a few years ago?

  71. 71
    who why what where when says:

    I prefer ITN.

  72. 72
    Rev. Stinker Pinker says:

    You are perfectly correct she is part of the Scotts Labour Clique of wealthy ‘People’s Party’ supporters and did very well out of New Labour. Once Scotland has gone its way surely we can remove such people from BBC? Newsnight has passed its prime and it’s decline is really part of the wider exodus of viewers from conventional tv. I’d be surprised if anyone under the age of 20 watches it unless they want to become a SpAd.

  73. 73
    Timmy Tin Foil says:

    I’m surprised that no-one at the Leveson Inquiry has accused Murdoch of having arranged your “unfortunate accident,” Cap’n Bob. They’ve accused him of just about every other kind of treachery. I reckon that the other conspiracy theory was just too strong, and no-one would believe it about Rupe.

    But maybe that’s been his plan all along…

  74. 74
    Terrible But True says:

    You can always tell ‘em yourself…


    Well… try to.

    Anyway, Paul Mason is so good, it seems they feel the need to RT him twice (at least they can just block those they don’t fancy and big up those they like)….

    BBC Newsnight ‏@BBCNewsnight
    #newsnight Top Greece blogging from #paulmasonnews “crises move faster than elites, especially disorientated elites..” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18457588

    3h BBC Newsnight ‏@BBCNewsnight
    Top blogging from newsnight’s #paulmasonnews “…crises move faster than elites, especially disorientated elites…” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18457588

    Must be the cuts. Or anger. Or anger at the cuts. Or something.

  75. 75
    genghiz the kahn says:

    haven’t scored enough goals have they.

  76. 76
    Fish says:

    Started watching ITN News a few months back. Tom Bradby is head and should better than the BBC have to offer

  77. 77
    Fish says:

    See he still has an audience in the BBC’s biased Norman Smith

  78. 78
    The Ghost of Bob Maxwell says:

    I couldn’t possibly comment Timmy.

    Full fathom five Bob Maxwell lies
    Of his bones are coral made

  79. 79
    Blowing Whistles says:

    This is definately not recommended reading – however

    Both Peston and Lord Levy – wrote (self-promoting) books.

    It’s very revealing to see page after page the I, Me, Me, I, I …. self-promoting rhetoric they spin … oops spill out page after page after page …. ZZZZZZZ’s!

  80. 80
    Aunty Matter says:

    Newsnight is a pile of steaming left wing shite. They’ve got utter mongs like Allegro stratten and Paul ‘it’s all kicking off’ Mason.

    Newsnight is the official BBC mouthpiece for the Guardian newspaper and both are in terminal decline.

  81. 81
    Aunty Matter says:

    They need pushing off a cliff

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Channel 4 is simply the BBC in Armani rather than corduroy. Both are state-owned, and ought to be privatised.

    Channel 4 News presenters are more on the dusky side, but that is the main difference. Attitudes are the same.

  83. 83
    Fax says:

    Stupid comparison Fawkes.

    As you well know one is a general news programme and one is in depth analysis.

    Either you are stupid or you think we are, or both.

  84. 84
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    I thought that with Crick the prick leaving it would improve, but that Stratton girl is abysmal, and Mason is totally full of shit as ever…

  85. 85
    Irma van Codde says:

    Just like the Craven Soviets teamed up with A Terrible Old Scam ?

  86. 86
    Gordon Broon. says:

    Did you all hear me being quoted on BBC news on the PM radio 4 programme?
    I stated that France and Italy would leave the Euro.
    My friends Volopocelli and Hollander tell me this is true.
    I saved the world and the BBC is trying to save me.

  87. 87
    Pundit tu tu. says:

    And while you are at it throw out the TV as you do not need the dumbing down that is so rampant on BBC. Use the radio and the internet for international news and information of repute – much better.
    Thousands of people are doing this which is why the BBC are ramping up their enforcement teams with third party “security” thugs.

  88. 88
    Tear 'em down says:

    The BBC? So 20th century.

    Scrap the licence fee and fuck them; send the lefty dolts back to the dole queue.

    See how much audience they get when we are not forced by law to pay for their shite and biased output.

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Does he mean ‘elites’ like those running the BBC?

  90. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Is Eddie Mair having some kind of breakdown?
    He was very weird on R4 this evening.

  91. 91
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Oh, so he’s not one of us .So he’s one of whom?

  92. 92
    NewsTripe says:

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel. Utter tripe! The c*ck sucking Culture Show is worse. A bunch of lefty morons with their heads lodged up their arses.

  93. 93
    Blowing Whistles says:

    A disgusting and well out of order comment – no matter who you are you troll.

    To even state for troll purposes such about a nine year old girl.


  94. 94
    PC clitoris says:

    They have ruined a good prog. now just full of BBC bias.The interviewers are abs.rubbish and just dont interview incisively anymore.

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    The squawker has Labour bias by the ton.
    She used to holiday with the previous First Minister of Scotland ,Joke McConnel .
    She was somehow involved in the choice of architect for the overpriced and in my humble if erudite opinion,hideous ,over priced Holyrood building.
    Please all remember that Edinburgh has many beautiful buildings and at the time there was a perfect ” empty” ready for alteration BUT it was considered too Scottish Nationalist to be appropriate.

  96. 96
    Don Tully says:

    When Brown, the one-eyed bastard son of the manse who prays to a false god every night whilst hiding behind his ex-PR wife’s skirt, fell so to did the fat left-liberal media whores: the pathetic hypocrite Cheryl Cole who talks about how hard it is in Geordie land whilst driving a limo; the blearing Fiona Phillips who he offered every government job to and the droning Eddie Izzard, who spends his whole time trying to get labour losers elected, like the arrogant fat Lucy Powell of Manchester Central fame, with her massive beef curtains. Good-bye to you all, you fucking filth.

  97. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Fuck off you humourless c unt.

  98. 98

    That is not how those shows see it and still the case that their viewing figures have crossed.

  99. 99
    Newsnight = OFF button says:

    For more on the Stratton girl and her journalistic “impartiality” see the latest Private Eye, page 10. Apparently there have been more complaints about her in a couple of months than Prick had in two decades!!!

  100. 100
    I says:

    The time has come to remove the BBC’s outdated monopoly by scrapping its licence fee.

    This decision should be put to the country in a Referendum with the question “Do you want to keep the BBC’s Licence Fee ? Yes or No”


  101. 101
    Sarah Smith says:

    Newsnight used to br good but then the BBC became 60% female.

  102. 102
    Richard Timney says:

    No thanks! You are not good enough for TelevisionX.

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