November 10th, 2012

Full Jeremy Paxman Statement on Entwistle Resignation

Statement from Jeremy Paxman:

“George Entwistle’s departure is a great shame. He has been brought low by cowards and incompetents.

The real problem here is the BBC’s decision, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry, to play safe by appointing biddable people.

They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management

That is how you arrive at the current mess on Newsnight. I very much doubt the problem is unique to that programme.

I had hoped that George might stay to sort this out.It is a great pity that a talented man has been sacrificed. While time-servers prosper.

I shall not be issuing any further statements or doing any interviews.”

Right, so who is next for the chop?


  1. 1
    goooooaaaaaaaal! says:

    hehe get stuffed

    • 15
      Tachybaptus says:

      Paxman is part of the problem. Not the worst part, but still a part. Anyway, it’s fun to see the generals tearing each other apart in the bunker.

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        • 62
          Ehtch says:

          I’m a leftie, and the Guardian Islington and Hampstead Teethers can suck my fairground lady attractions – and the same goes for the beeb.

          SO, a cross party consensus then? Ey? : )

          • stroppycow says:

            I tuned out after reading your first three words……

          • Mrs Trellis says:

            Paxo supplementary statement:

            “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here…..”

          • Ehtch says:

            Hey stroppycow, I think you are with me, let us both sort those London tory nazzies between us, and as I said before stroppycow, I do want my chile bothering tory nazzie scalps, oh yes sireee! for the good of humanity, and britain, I suppose…

            Are you with me?

          • Quiet Bat Person says:

            Public-funded interviewer uses his position in the public eye to promote his views, and yet announces that he won’t discuss or be interviewed about it.

            The irony is probably lost on the arrogant cock.

          • Ehtch says:

            Futhermore stroppycow, to try to brainwash you more to my way of thinking, have you been to Carnaby Street lately? See the girl in the multi-patterned dress covered in poppies, she lost loads of family in WWI and WWII, so let us not put up with WW nought Hunts in our country, ey,

            Is it working? There is a tory pervert under each bed, hoping to fiddle you rather than bed bug? : )

          • says:

            All these socialist peedos are not just running care homes in Wales.

          • The Knee Jerk says:

            Did you think that Murdoch would not fight back?

            Did you think he would not try to preempt Leveson?

            Bringing down the BBC is a first step.

          • Anonymous says:

            “I’m a leftie,”

            Another mental defective who hasn’t yet realised that they’re on the wrong blog.

          • Fluffy the Destroyer says:

            Lefties are so thick, that I think being left-wing should be classed as a disability.

          • The Knee Jerk says:

            Who you calling leftie?

            I don’t want to see the BBC given away for a boiled sweet.

            I paid for that BBC.

            If Murdoch wants it, he must pay dear!

          • Ehtch says:

            Hey Fluffy, lefties are great thinkers – got to be someone in this country that can actually think without blinkers on, not following like sheep. A Tory Party conference just makes me want to spew – they would clap at anything, as if they were in a beer cellar/keller in Germany in the 1930s.

            Pathetic carry on they are.

        • 157
          Poor Old Man says:

          Brilliant! And absolutely true.

      • 70
        Mrs Trellis says:

        According to reports, Paxo and other regular Newsnight presenters all REFUSED to present the programme last Friday when the big apology went out. Eddie Mair was ‘told’ to present the edition and to apologise for the McAlpine debacle.

        This sounds like anarchy or mutiny. What gives Paxo & friends the right to refuse to appear?

        • 94
          Anonymous says:

          The question I have is why they refused? Did they think that there should be no apology? Paxman DID apologize to Mandelson when he was outed. What’s changed?

        • 497
          James Whale says:

          Of course Paxo can tell the BBC to get stuffed because when the going gets tough the going gets tough Paxo tells the beeb to go an get stuffed.

      • 300
        Pentangelis says:

        Yes, of course Paxman is a part of the problem – a huge part. I fully support tough questioning and investigative journalism, but Paxman has become downright rude and biased, which simply is not acceptable.
        I found his issuing a statement rather odd, as is he not an employee of the BBC? Employees are not at liberty to issue public statements of opinion about their employers – unless of course they resign first.
        I do think Paxman has, in his opinion, risen to such a dizzy height of self-importance that he is in danger of his wings melting!
        His insufferable arrogance is quite extraordinary in one so lacking in any real talent.

        • 329
          Anonymous says:

          iconic figures and entities have to die. They stand between us and whom they exist to protect….those whom we have been in awe of. The FIRM. The ESTABLISHMENT. THE POLITICAL ELITE.

        • 370
          Four-eyed English Genius says:

          To be fair to Paxo, he was the one who blew the whistle on the BBC tax fiddles. None the less, he says he was forced into using them.

          No he was not, he could have said “No”!

      • 496
        James Whale says:

        He has been brought low by cowards and incompetents.

        Wouldn’t it have been easier to write “BBC journalists”?

        Head Newsnight guy who had not enough information to run with ?Savile has enough to run an incorrect story on the wrong guy.

        Head of BBC news still in situ.

        Boycott the Barmy Broadcasting Cretins.

    • 18
      W.W. says:

      I think the issue here has been caused by the BBC being stuffed to the rafters with Guardian reading tossers.
      They where looking to divert attention away from the Saville fiasco, and in their desperation went after the old enemy the Tories.
      However in their desperation the employed the lowest of journalistic practices based on
      nothing more rumours. Not even bothering with the most basic of research.

      Why did they choose the Tory rumours and not the opperation Ore rumours about Labour?
      Because they would never go after their own.
      Everyone ivolved in this process should be fired


      • 90
        Terrible But True says:

        ‘I think the issue here has been caused by the BBC being stuffed to the rafters with Guardian reading tossers.’

        Well, bar the DG.. apparently. That’s probably when the Webley was left with one bullet by a delegation from Labour, NUJ and Common Purpose. Some things are just not said, even to protect a backside.

        ‘I shall not be issuing any further statements or doing any interviews’

        Now there’s a precedent, holding to account-wise. Chris ‘Ve ask ze questions, and only us’ Patten will be proud.

        Can’t see an interviewer doing much more interviewing as he limber sup to ask the same thing 10 times over if he sees his target smile and get ready to utter those words.

        And… Jezza, speaking of questions, probably best not to blame ‘cuts’ for the inability to do the basics of a job properly and ask a few before digging such a hole on the back of naked tribal agenda that has abused this excuse.

        There are some sources of revenue at the top of the BBC dung heap that could easily provide more money if redirected. Not sure you or the other market rates, in management or ‘talent’, will like ‘em though.

        • 187
          Your Friendly Neighbourhood Colourful Suicide Information Service says:

          If he were going to top himself, maybe he should do it in style, like the Hollywood starlet PEG Entwistle, who leaped to her death from the”HOLLYWOOD” sign, dying of multiple fractures and internal organ damage and bleeding from rolling down the hill, coming to rest on a hiking trail where she would surely be spotted.

      • 136
        Westminster dog owners says:

        It appears that the dog supplying the rumours about Tory peadophiles has been fed contaminated dog food
        The result is that it’s shit will stink , be very messy & hard to clear up.
        We advise to send the dog known as
        T Watson back to Westminster kennels where it can be treated , suggest you don’t give it editorialship of news night

        • 284
          A Vet says:

          He’s got worms. He’ll have to be treated first.

        • 339
          Anonymous says:

          contaminated food comes from the owner. who supplies the attack dogs. we still live in the jungle. but our celebs want to escape. our celebs will do anything to get our attention.

          We need to study carefully what we celebrate.Be.aware but not Beware.

      • 363
        P. Doff says:

        Stuffed to the rafters indeed… and always will be.

        The Torygraph today is hinting that Ed Richards of Ofcom (loser to Entwhistle last time) it tipped to become the new DG. Ed has the usual credentials… “For Richards, a former policy adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown….”

        • 446
          Flying around says:

          You’re not seriously suggesting Blair and Brown are left of centre are you?

          • Pickled Wizard says:

            Nope – they are usually bang on target, so look over your shoulder before you bend to pick anything up.

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      • 110
        A BBC Spokesperson says:

        It’s propaganda Jim, but we pretend it’s ‘news’.

        • 298
          Flying around says:

          If that is indeed the case, and yoou are in fact a BBC spokesperson; is it not incumbant on you (and people like you) to help the true story be released, and not said propaganda?

          • who why what where when says:

            Entwhistle was such a “talented” Editor in chief he didn’t bother watching the offending Newsnight and didn’t realise it had caused such a stink until 24 hours after the rest of the country.
            The BBC is stuffed full of overpaid managers who have no experience of proper journalism and believe it’s acceptable to source stories from the internet or their mates at the biased Bureau of Investigative Journalism, despite employing thousands of journalists.
            Sadly statements like this prove Paxo is part of the problem, not the solution.

    • 69
      Sandra in Accounts says:

      Close Newsnight.

      Then close the BBC.

      Its the right thing to do.


      • 199
        Flying around says:

        Be careful what you wish for Sandra. Entwhistle has been left to hang, thus diverting attention from the original story. Newsnigh didn’t ‘out’ anyone..but it’s being introduced into urban myth. But hey, why let fact get in the way of a whitewash?

        • 303

          They didn’t try too hard to not out anyone though, did they?

          I could say, see comment 199 on gf. They are a brutal sex offender. Is that outing you?

        • 345
          Anonymous says:

          sacrifices will be made. until the public will get to the amount of truth it is able to stomach. The abusers are hidden but also connected to something repellent so we do not want to go near.

          until we can face what we repels us, the abuser will stay hidden.
          dramatic stuff commeth. Death is the stuff of high drama. The old us is dying. Gangnam style.

    • 114
      Red Ed says:

      This beggars belief. The labour Party and Guardian readers demand an independent 24-month inquiry headed by another one of my chums.

      Take note, Harriet and Ed – that’s what you call leadership.

    • 130
      Tom Watson says:

      Dear jm can you fix it for me to be the editor of news night ………again

      Yours sincerely

    • 183
      Sir WW says:

      I wish I was Paxo. Then I could be right about everything, all the time.

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Why is the head of BBC news still in place? Surely they should also be slung out on their ear!

    • 4
      goooooaaaaaaaal! says:

      Yes, no names yet as to who decided to air the story in the absence of Rippon.

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      sack him! says:
    • 162
      XXX says:

      “They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management” It has been the same for many years in all businesses, management has increased exponentially, I am sure everyone has experienced the man/woman walking about with a clipboard (or whatever the equivalent is now) saying “I’m a manager” ask them for a decision, and you have to wait unless of course it is put to them if if something does not happen the job stops. Ask anyone in industry and I dare say it happens in commerce.

      • 270
        John Harvey Jone's Ghost says:

        Entwistle is typical of the prawns who are promoted to the top in the public sector. They have no strategic, business, leadership skills or accountability, and when the sh*t hits the fan they disappear and immediately go into ‘cover up’ mode. This is a classic example of why the country is in such a mess. The people at the top in the civil service, local government and public sector quangos, when it comes down to it, virtually appoint themselves and the other people involved in it are looking for people with exactly the lack of skill set mentioned above. Until this changes, the country will continue to move backwards.

        • 275
          Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Queen Street says:

          I strongly object to your comments Mr Harvey Jones. I am involved in most of these top public sector appointments and I can assure you that the people I chose are exactly right for the job, and you forgot to mention the police. I would say more on this matter but I am heavily involved at the moment in choosing a replacement for George Entwistle. Boaz.

        • 308
          JH says:

          Can you imagine if someone like Sir John Harvey Jones could be the DG of the BBC, instead of the default trendy lefty Labour shill.

          The BBC could become someting to be genuinely proud of again, a genuine booster to national morale and character rather than something steadily chipping away at it.

          Some chance.

          • beeb watcher says:

            Would someone as ineffectual as Patten even consider the idea? What a round-shouldered lump of bumbling jelly the man appears to be.

        • 406
          Coalition and Shadow Cabinets says:

          We are aware that most of the top people in the public sector are overpaid, corrupt, incompetent, Inadequates. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it as we are even more incompetent, corrupt and inadequate than they are.

  3. 3
    The Hon. Comrade Loretto Fettes MP (Rottenborough East) says:

    “They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management

    They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management”

  4. 5
    • 258
      Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Queen Street says:

      I fixed the trial for you Handy. Now what about that villa in Spain you promised me from your boys. Jahbulon.

      • 280
        District Judge says:

        Boaz Grand Master. I would like a villa too that was promised me by Handy from his boys. Jahbulon.

        • 408
          Daniella says:

          All the orphans in Romania, who are now grown up, send their best wishes Handy. They all read this blog to keep up with you and wish me to tell you that in your photo in the newspaper article you look as pervy as ever.

      • 439
        Tony Bliar 33° Royal Arch Mason says:

    • 414
      National Enquirer says:

      Did Handycock ever sue the two people mentioned in the newspaper article? I would bet everything I have that he didn’t. Anyone know?

  5. 6
    Nan Taylor says:

    Won’t be doing any more interviews?

    I pay him – he should do as he’s f*cking told!

    • 12
      Operation Crossbow says:

      I’d like him to tell us how much he’s paid and how much tax he pays through his ‘service company’

    • 83
      Ehtch says:

      Nan, may I say, sweetheart, I loved your appearance on Deal or no fucking Deal, it was the classic episode.

      That old fuckah Noel Edmunds didn’t know where to put himself – he didn’t know whether to chuck one off or call his wanker! ECH ECH ECH, no no no sweetheart, he wos alright, for a fucking streak of pizzle!

      Deal or no Deal, wot a load of ol’ shite!

      • 166
        XXX says:

        Nan is Russ Abbott

        • 508
          Ehtch says:

          Is he/she? Loved Russ Abbot – it is a a a, how did that hit record of his go again, must search… be back….

          That’s it, atmosphere,

          Reminds me of Stanley Baxter he does – remember him? A genius,

    • 211
      Jimbo says:

      Won’t be doing any more interviews?


  6. 7
    Operation Crossbow says:

    I understand that most of the Newsnight/BBC management were left out. Helen Boaden apparently has also stepped aside, in which case why are we paying HER 200K a year or whatever to basically do nothing?

    The current editor of Newsnight is I believe the boss of Radio 5, which if you think about it is probably where all the Tory hate is coming from. Anyone who has ever listened to the Radio 5 political output knows there is always one overriding message. Thatcher evil, Tories evil.

  7. 8
    a well stuffed chicken says:

    ‘…and I shall continue to receive my modest emoluments without comment’

  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    “The real problem here is the BBC’s decision, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry, to play safe by appointing biddable people.”

    Yeah, and now we’ve got the Leveson Inquiry to compound the problem. Fuck you all who want to gag the free press.

  9. 11
    Operation Crossbow says:

    It’s a joke for Paxo to blame cuts. If you look at the latest Newsnight fiasco, what do cuts have to do with NOT doing basic journalism 101 such as checking that the alleged person is in fact the right person? Or giving the accused a chance to reply. Or as in the case of the first Newsnight story, why did the BBC can the whole thing?

    That has nothing to do with cuts, Paxo is simply trying to change the subject.

    He’s right with one thing though, the BBC is bloated and full of wasters. What we need is a proper investigation into the BBC and a decision on both it’s funding model and future role.

    The anti Tory bile that also exists at the BBC needs to be flushed out.

    • 40
      ác1 says:

      It’s the extortion funded sector way.

      Private sector makes a slight messup. it’s sackings all round, avoid them at all costs boycott, and general nastiness about the whole voluntary payments sector.

      Extortion funded sector fucks up. it’s fact-finding roles all round, they need more taxpayer loot stories, and fake stories about how wonderful the state is usually.

    • 115 says:

      It doesn’t cost a lot of money to show a child-abuse victim a photograph of who he is accusing. A three minute trawl of the internet would suffice.

      • 411
        NE Frontiersman says:

        Quite: but did Mr Messham himself really let 20 years pass without checking any second image of a famous man he alleges abused him? We’re none the wiser here: either he was right, and has been leaned on very hard, or he got (or was given) the wrong end of the stick on Day 1 and never in all that time double-checked.

    • 293
      dutchy says:

      They saw the name Thatcher and then all of the sensible reasoning (if there is any in Left Wing idiots) in the Newsnight team went out of the window. The best thing for the Tories to do is cut the license fee by 50% immediately and then let them get on with it and watch them squirm !!!

    • 462
      Albion says:

      Its’ Fatchers cuts wot dun it.

  10. 13
    Ehtch says:

    I take it this is actually Paxo, who works for his own company, and not acshually the Beeb, I take it.

    Seen you in Jersey Paxo, or is it Lichtenstein. Anyway, one of those small places that are capitalist fucker countries that hide behind others defending way of life budgets of surrounding countries, Paxo.

    Get it?

  11. 16
    LOrd Shit says:

    lets force Guido to resign for allowing all the unsubstantiated rumours to be published on this website – how dare he!!

    • 20
      Ehtch says:

      Let us all resign and give up then, and sit and shit in our seats and stew, staring into space. That is what Dave Cams wants from us, the unimaginative Eton over-unsuccessful-educated Oxford Bullingdon knobbreath he is.

    • 117 says:

      I fully intend to stop paying Guido hundreds of pounds a year to impose his bigoted opinions on us. That’s the difference between Guido and the BBC. Why should people pay a licence fee/tax to be abused by left-wing twats at the BBC when we can have that done to us for free here.

    • 318
      Melvin says:

      Check out Guido’s record of accuracy – pretty damn good, I think you’ll find.

  12. 17
    yeaassssssssssssss says:

    I hope the ITV girl challenges Paxman in the street again. He wont be looking so fucking face smashingly smug the next time.

    • 66
      Tron says:

      Dead right !
      I can’t wait until Paxo turns his sneering face to a Minister and says ” It’s a shambles. Don’t you know what is going on in your own Department ?”
      And they say ” you don’t know what’s happening in your own studio, you smug prick.”

      • 378
        Four-eyed English Genius says:

        Not likely with the weeds that are in the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet!

      • 463
        Albion says:

        Yeah but don’t forget the evil tory cuts, too fast too deep. Now there gonna make Paxo pay tax, whot the f will happen next, bastards !

  13. 21
    Anonymous says:

    I want to know if Guido is now using invisible crosshairs on his targets?

  14. 22
    Anonymous says:

    This the so called intellectual giant Paxman, I read his book and it was crap. They are all rubbish.

    • 28
      Ehtch says:

      Paxo is over-smug these days, to the point of insufferable, and he is up Boris’s ‘arris too, I’ve noticed, as here,

      • 32
        Ehtch says:

        and just to educate people here that are not au faux on cockney rhyming slang, and since I am bored, let me explain, in simple moves, here goes,


        Aristotle (as that greek fella)


        bottle and glass

        (therfore) arse


        • 47
          Tachybaptus says:

          If you’re bored and ever so au faux, would you please explain who Jack and Danny are, as in jacksie <- Jack and Danny <- fanny (old-fashioned sense) <- arse. Not making a point, but would like to know.

          • Ehtch says:

            Know keep taking the Jack and Jills, as in pills, but you have stumped me ‘ere friend. Jack and Danny? – who the fuck are they when they are at home?

          • Tachybaptus says:

            I haven’t a clue, which is why I asked. Jack and Danny are mentioned in the Urban Dictionary and elsewhere as one link in the chain, but there are no useful Google hits that would explain them. Maybe they were Victorian musical hall entertainers or some other kind of forgotten celebrity.

          • Ehtch says:

            Seems they were footie players maybe at one point in time for some Lahdahn club, Fulham maybe, or West Ham. Don’t think any lady would be ‘appy if you asked to flash her gash and you call it a Jack meesell. Quick way for a wallop mesell.

            My better one to make her smile, friend, call it a twinkle – twinkle star – golfing par hole… but maybe not… song for your sweetheart anyways,

            Any good? after that, she’ll be wanting a carry up the apples, for a bit of ‘ows your mother.

          • Anonymous says:

            aint there any bleedin cockneys on here?
            Jack & Danny = Fanny.

          • Anonymous says:

            Danny la Rue and his partner Jack Hanson – Jack & Danny.

        • 245

          pills, thrills and sunrise’s :)

    • 352
      Anonymous says:

      why do we worship intellect.
      intuition has been ignored.
      our gods are wrong.

  15. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Brillo for DG. Or failing that, Kelvin McKenzie.

  16. 24
    Ehtch says:

    Next for the chop? Up against the wall?

    Get rid of them all, and make the Beeb just a US PBS – Public Broadcasting Service, with about two channels, say a couple of dozen hours a day.

    The Beeb is a modern day anachronism. And they can stick their Wimbledon tennis coverage up their jaksee!

    • 121 says:

      The BBC is like the banks. Too big to fail. It should be privatised and have both left, centre and right wing channels for news/opinion programs,etc and the rest of the BBC should produce money-making programs that, instead of costing the public money on licence fees, actually make profits that get taxed and which can be added to the Treasury coffers to pay for the poor, sick, old etc.

      • 223
        Lord Reith says:

        The real issue is the lack of separation between News and Opinion. And indeed the licence fee, introduced at a time when reception of radio was in its infancy and was thought to be open to abuse by foreign powers and agents, is wholly out of date and needs to be abolished.

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    Rupert says:


  18. 26
    not a machine relaoded says:

    so not really curious about bloated management and getting actual program budgets on flagship programs right …….

    The other thing was this title of Editor in Chief , I mean if you are editor dont you have a brief on what is going out on flagship programs daily…

    new DG is from pepsico with no media or journalistic experience , be like Rupes job interviews in the 80s then , camera cuts to sky news team , with party hats and tooters doing conga with lambrini all round … da da da ..da …de da da da … da ….naa naa nah naa naa nah.

  19. 30
    Anonymous says:

    If you want a laugh, head over to the Guardian and read the comments section on this. They’re all over the place talking about tory/masons cover, it’s all thatchers fault, wonderful to see.

    • 48
      Ted Maul says:

      +1 to this. It’s almost amusing to watch them blame everyone *except* the BBC for the omnishambles if the topic at hand wasn’t so damn serious.

      • 184
        Colin the Meek says:

        It is very amusing. And so soon after they were all gloating about the re-election of Barry O’Bamagh.

    • 89
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Yep, the comments section on the Beeb website is just as bad: Tory conspiracy, Vote Labour, Beeb damned if the do and if they don’t etc…

  20. 31
    Well it's a thought says:

    It’s nice to see the damage the left can do, especially to it’s own mouthpiece, shame Camoron hasn’t got a backbone because he could do the country a good turn by selling off the BBC, it’s down and writhing on the floor, time to strike and sell it off to the lowest bidder, I would say highest but the uconned us are in and know doubt they won’t have the people of the country in mind.

    • 122
      bergen says:

      He’s got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to close them down. Couple it with an announcement of the abolition of the TV licence and he’ll survive the guardianista rage.Then by the time of the next election he will have found that Labour would have to finance their own propaganda broadcasting arm.

      • 287
        Anonymous says:

        Camo has made it very clear that he respects and cherishes the beeb, and will do everything in his power to preserve it.
        This may have been just a pr-election ploy to pander to the Left, but I believe he actually believes in what he says, and really does not see the political role this stinking organization plays.

  21. 33
    Anonymous says:

    His rude and arrogant style is as offensive and anachronistic as the whole sordid organisation. Run by amateur Freemasons with their snouts in the trough. Not long before this propagandist pet of the state is dumped in the piss-pot!!! Licence fee – don’t make me laugh!!

  22. 34
    Martin says:

    True – it would be nice to see Paxman go

    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      It’s the sneaky, lefty editors who need to be sorted IMHO.

    • 39
      Ehtch says:

      He needs to get out of his comfort zone. I am not saying for him to take up gardening, maybe move to Channel 4 or something.

      • 41
        Tachybaptus says:

        Channel 4? Out of the armchair, into the sofa.

        • 56
          Ehtch says:

          He could always do celebrity big brother after xmas and new year. That is still happening is it? i haven’t been paying much attention in the last couple of years.

      • 49
        Ehtch says:

        Furthermore, his brit empire series, and other series on Victorians etc. was just a repeat from what we know from others, regurgetatted, but I was inpressed by him riding an Enfield wotsit bike in an Indian field though – I did sit up and look at him enjoying himself then – see if I can find a clip, sure ther is one, hang on, be back now,

        bollocks, no sign of it, must have been “removed”, but this will do, Royal Enfield Bullets of India,

        • 65
          Tachybaptus says:

          Apparently Paxman on the Enfield is in episode 3 of Empire, on YouTube in full, but I haven’t waited for an hour of video to load so I could find it.

          • Ehtch says:

            oops, naughty word – the end of the first episode I think Paxo rode an Enfield in an Indian field, meeting all those Indian motorcyclists.

      • 425
        Melvin says:

        Move to C4, as Michael Crick has done and there’s rather less of the patronising smirks from him nowadays (mind you, the temptation to smack Jon Snow and Krishnan Guruwotsit in the mouth is steadily growing).

  23. 43
    MB. says:

    Has anyone got to the bottom of who the Bureau of Investigative Journalists are? I get the impression that they had a big involvement in the Newsnight programme and the BBC has said they will not use them again. Who are they?

    • 46
      earwig watch says:

      It’s something akin to what you see when you move a large stone

    • 98
      Anonymous says:

      They’re a freelance operation bankrolled by the Psion inventors (who are also Labour donors). They claim to not be commercial although I have no idea whether they are a charity.

    • 134
      Cinna says:

      The following statement has been made by the Trustees of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:

      “The Bureau of Investigative Journalism was established to apply the highest standards of investigative and fact-based journalism in the public interest. During its first three years, the Bureau has won a number of major awards for its journalism and built a reputation for quality and the avoidance of sensationalism. The governing Trust of The Bureau does not endorse any material or output that fails to meet these standards.

      “The Bureau was named as a contributor to the broadcast of a BBC Newsnight programme on November 2 on child abuse in North Wales. The Trustees are appalled at what appears to be a breach of its standards. To the extent that the principles of The Bureau have been ignored by an involvement in this story, remedial action will be taken against those responsible. The Trustees must ensure that due process is applied and are establishing the key facts.”

      James Lee (Chairman) on behalf of The Trust.

      • 314
        BBC Disinfotainment Commissioning Team says:

        This ‘Bureau of Investigative Journalists’ have the stink of institutionalised leftism, so any and all their investigating will been seen through the aperture of that ideology.

        Definitely not Private Eye. Mind you, nor can Private Eye be the disinterested organ it once was since Hislop became a beeby sleb.

  24. 44
    Norman Tebbit says:

    Fuck off lefty crap BBC mongs. The scum there are finished. Nice pay back for years of Marxist propaganda they spew out.

    • 51
      Ehtch says:

      calm down calm down yews torries – so who is getting their kncickerknockers in a twist then – your mate Mitt lost in the US did he? oh diddums – go and spank

      GO OBAMA!

      Yo T -WOT – Mitt lost? Phone you back when I have got less time….

      • 138 says:

        Yeah but much more important to us, Gordon Brown lost. The man who broke the bank at Threadneedle Street.

  25. 52
    BBC = Peado Den says:

    I’ve created a new meme, hope it sticks.

  26. 53
    The writing on the wall says:

    The last days of the beeb?

  27. 54
    Jack the Ripper says:

    Someone had better tell Entwistle that Entwistle has resigned.

    • 219
      Phil says:

      I wouldn’t bother he’ll probably read about it or watch it on the news at the end of next week.

  28. 55
    BBC = Peado Den says:

    BBC = Bonking Babies Club

  29. 58
    Tory minister in the 80s says:

    We’re the party of family values! Even when we’re indulging in child buggery and bestiality, we’re still thinking of family values. But what we can’t fucking stand are gay adults having consensual sex. The only acceptable gay sex is when one of us happily married Tories buggers a child which my friend Maggie helped cover up.

  30. 59
    BBC Disinfotainment Commissioning Team says:

    (Sinking) shipmates, save yourselves!

    Ironic is it not that the Beeb have just shown a docu they made about icebergs?

  31. 60
    DL George says:

    First I’d heard of this (been busy today).

    I turn on News 24 for a full account. As usual these days, they’re showing anything but news, just standard BBC ‘news magazine’ repeats.

    Had to go to Sky for the full story. Paxman’s dead on.
    BBC news has gone to hell in a hand cart.

  32. 61
    • 68
      Ehtch says:

      Lesson one – how to think like a BBC employee,

      Lesson two – how to move in BBC management,

      Lesson three – how to retire from the BBC,

      This recruitment form was produced by some BBC dungeon underneath London somewhere, rumour has it right underneath St. John’s Wood, where the Beatles made their records.

      • 391
        Four-eyed English Genius says:

        Of course, leftie Johnny Speight thought he was creating a satire, whereas most people thought it was more of a documentary!

  33. 71
    Ehtch says:

    Already stated in another blog thread that i don’t lik the tory bullying of Phillip Schofield, especially that he has cornish roots in his lif, however tenuous, but another song for him, in welsh, which is actually too the old cornish language too, kernow – I ti Phil, peidwch ag goffidio – for you Phil, just don’t worry,

  34. 73
    Ehtch says:

    Already stated in another blog thread that i don’t lik the tory bullying of Phillip Schofield, especially that he has cornish roots in his lif, however tenuous, but another song for him, in welsh, which is actually too the old cornish language too, kernow – I ti Phil, peidwch ag goffidio – for you Phil, just don’t worry,

    Un arall, o fenwy hefod = another one, from same lady,

    Any good Phil? Ie?

  35. 74
    DL George says:

    Ginger lady on the Beeb…
    “Why didn’t Entwhistle know who the Newsnight show was about?, the Guardian had the name, why wasn’t He reading the Guardian? Lots of people across the UK read the Guardian”.

    If the whole point of this is routing out shoddy journalism at the BBC, surely She should have said…
    “The name was only in the Guardian, more than 62,500,000 people in the UK DON’T read that every day”.

    Wake up BBC, you can’t see the wood for your left leaning trees.

    Seems to me the Beeb have gotten rid of the wrong man.

    • 243
      Licence Payer says:

      At least Newsnight did not reveal the name – but apparently the Guardian did…. Seems to me that heads should roll at the Guardian also – and that right quickly… and while we are at it the odious John Humphries should be put out to pasture at the same time. His appalling interview with his boss on the Today Programme was bullying at its best.

  36. 75
    A Lady of class who lives in a taxpayer funded class house says:
  37. 76
    The BBC is a fucking disgrace says:

    It is the cut? Bullshit! It is arrogance that the BBC can’t sort out its own mess. Oh look over it is the cuts that are at fault. Pathetic!

  38. 77 Raadt says:

    Right on, Paxo……Please fight the political pressures and the ‘flabbies’…We count on you

  39. 78
    I despise the BBC says:

    The BBC cannot be trusted. They are money grubbing parasites.

    • 335
      Flying around says:

      And Murdoch is a philanthropic upstanding pillar of truth honesty and propriety?

      • 393
        Four-eyed English Genius says:

        To use Murdoch’s services, you choose to pay. To use the BBC, or even if you do not, you are FORCED to pay!

        Surely even a leftie can see this!

        BTW I do not endorse Murdochs’s empire, but it is the only way to watch English rugby at the moment!

      • 438
        Anonymous says:

        No. And nobody is saying he is. Please get this into your skull: nobody is coerced to listen or view Murdoch’s shit.

  40. 79

    Some names at BBC top level who might wish to consider their positions:

    Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News
    Sue Inglish, Head of Political Programmes, Analysis and Research
    Adrian Van Klaveren, Controller, Radio 5 Live (some possible mitigating circumstances here.)
    Stephen Mitchell, Deputy Director of News and Head of News Programmes
    Francesca Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering
    Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director (included for historical reasons – not for his current role.)

    The entire:
    BBC Trust
    Executive Board
    Management Board
    News Group

    Many within:
    Operations (part), the entire Human Resources and Communications teams

    Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer and also deputised for the Director-General, had already announced she was leaving before this latest scandal broke and left at the end of September.

    At lower levels:
    Peter Rippon, Newsnight’s editor
    Liz Gibbons, Newsnight’s acting editor (some possible mitigating circumstances here.)

  41. 85
    albacore says:

    “I shall not be issuing any further statements or doing any interviews”

    For these small mercies, many thanks
    (Though I don’t watch BBC planks)
    In view of this bombshell declaration
    Will he be quitting the disgraced station?
    When the going gets tough, the tough get going
    Still, it’s cold outside there. Hope it ain’t snowing

  42. 91
    Captain Browneye says:

    Any BBC enquiry will be loke taking aprart an owl pellet

  43. 92
    Mornington Crescent says:

    I’ve had another look at the website of the BIJ: there’s a pompous statement about how things may have fallen below standards. Not a hint of an apology.

    Just WTF is the Beeb doing collaborating with a ragtag partisan bunch of hacks (some ex-Beeboids), bankrolled by some wealthy ‘biznizman’ and his wife?

  44. 93
    Bill says:

    Even though labour have been out of office for 2.5 years these people think they are still running the country through the BBC ,the civil service and quangos.

    I don’t think Cameron understands just how dangerous they are.

  45. 95

    We are running a debt mountain of over £1tn which may be even bigger if PFI obligations and other unfunded liabilities are taken into account.

    That is only barely manageable whilst interest rates are almost zero. If they go up then we shall be crucified by interest charges.

    The majority of the public do not understand this. That is because they are informed by the BBC.

    As I said two days ago Nothing can begin to improve for the UK if a grossly biased national broadcaster remains in place.

    • 105
      Lab Condums says:

      Problem? What problem? That nice Sir Mervyn chappie will just keep easing more and more cash out of his arse each month to pay the deficit and compounding debt interest. Benefits and gold plated inflation proofed M.P.s and public sector pensions will be increased ad infinitum.

  46. 96
    Diane Abbott (who's black, apparently) says:

    I shall be tweeting my views at 11 o’clock, just like last year.

  47. 97
    • 149
      Caractacus Potty says:

      Clearly the start of an Establishment cover-up! Everybody knows Wales is riddled with huge bands of men in grey suits and blue rosettes who roam the hills and valleys chanting “We love Maggie! Give us your children!”. We have to hide our kids in caves under Caerphilly castle. Bloody Taaahries!

    • 150
      Cinna says:

      The more one reads about this the more it stinks. Investigative journalism my arse!
      It’s quite obvious that the BBC/BIJ did no background checks in this person, merely accepting his version of events. At least I hope it’s only bad journalism, if not it must be a conspiracy to undermine the Tories.

      Incidentally, has Tom “the pieman” Watson given his take on hapless George’s resignation…or is he lying low?

  48. 100
    Anonymous says:

    Give any organisation a guaranteed 3.4Billion a year forcibly extracted from a docile, bovine population and human nature being what it is you are bound to get corruption and incompetence on a monumental scale. Ensure that only readers of the Grauniad can be employed and you are left with what we’ve got. Our wonderful, the envy of the world, our very own, wait for it, British Broadcasting Corporation.
    It’s what we do.

  49. 101
    Cressida's Dick says:

    Right then Dave. Now’s the time to pounce on these biased socialist fuckwits. Root and branch change, scrap the license fee, make them pay their way in the real world.

    Dave? Dave? Dave? Where are you??

    • 103
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Ah, ahem, er, awfully sorry, bit tied up today. Spot of wreath-laying this morning then orf to Cheqs for chow.

      Busy week this week, too: got to find ways of pissing away the aid money we’re no longer giving to India and how to get fudge-packers up the aisle pronto.


      • 118
        Dave's butler says:

        Might Sir be reminded that he’s striving to complete level 4 of Angry Birds? That will take Sir most of the week, won’t it, Sir?

        By the way, Sir, whilst Sir was enjoying his bath, I took the liberty of downloading some high resolution photos of distraught disabled people crying because Sir has cancelled their benefits. And I took a call from Pah kiss tan, saying “thanks for the money you would have given to India; we’ll spend it on nuclear weapons and shoulder-launched missiles.”

        Oh, and Mr van Rompuy phoned, Sir, he said, “where the f*ck is today’s £53 million, it should have been on my desk by 08:00.” If Sir doesn’t have the cash to hand, might I suggest Sir closes a few more hospitals? Like he did last time?

    • 109
      Brutus says:

      I’m right behind you Dave. This won’t hurt a bit. You will become a god just like Tone.

    • 112
      Nadine's left nipple says:

      Too right we dont want Field Marshall Paton on the telly this morning .

      We want the organ grinder in our faces saying exactly what he is going to do with the BBC .

      If it wasn’t Bob the Builder buggering little boys in Care Homes paid for by us all in our taxes then who was ?

      The Great Leader should be seen storming into New Scotland Yard and taking full control of all files beginning with the letter “B”.

    • 396
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      Hang on, I am still texting Becky!

  50. 102
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    The BBC must think we are all a load of daft twits.

    Earwhistle didn’t resign last night. He “stood down ” . He is still on the payroll !

    What should happen now is that he should be suspended pending an Inquiry into allegations of gross misconduct . When this is proven he can de sacked without a penny .

    The sooner the entire BBC is closed down the better I say .

    • 397
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      “The BBC must think we are all a load of daft twits.”

      Most of us are. We still pay the telly tax!

  51. 104
    shocked of Sheen says:
    Are not some of these the one’s responsible? Is there any evidence that they have a collectives left wing agenda?

    • 148
      phil from the Wrekenton Seven Stars says:

      That Hunt who was tweeting a week last Friday is now conspicuous by his absence .

      Entwhistle is taking it on the chin .

  52. 106
    You must be Joe King says:

    This latest demonstration of how far the B.B.C. has become removed from its founding principles, and any credible justification for its continued existence in its current bloated, directionless form, represents the perfect opportunity to cleanse the Augean stables and review the entire concept of state-funded broadcasting. Weighing the pros and cons of the relevance of Reithian evangelism to life and its its information and entertainment needs and wants ninety-odd years on makes it seem very questionable.

    • 113
      nellnewman says:


    • 241
      Anonymous says:

      When the licence fee was introduced for radio reception, it was because the government of the day understood the possibility of the new ‘wireless’ being used as a tool by foreign governments and agents and needed information on who was using it. Now of course those fees are used by an organisation that seeks to destroy from within.

  53. 116
    nellnewman says:

    The beeb like westminster is out of touch with real life.

    It has a bloated ego, believes it has a god-given right to our money to pay exhorbitant salaries and fund expensive lifestyles with 5 star world travel for its employees and kids itself and that it exists as a state broadcaster to educate we poor deprived plebs.

    In truth it is nothing more than a left wing propaganda mouthpiece that would put rus sian or nk orean state tv to shame.

    It quite simply no longer has a relevant place as a state funded institution in British life.

    Sell it off!!

    • 128
      Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

      Yes let’s all watch ITV with its never-ending diet of X-Factor, Ant & Dec, I’m a nobody, Britain’s Got Talent, dodgy competitions, Daybreak, Jeremy Kyle, Coronation Street, Emmerdale Farm, no documentaries, very little news wall to wall adverts SHITE.

      The BBC may have cocked up over Savile, but heaven preserve us from the alternative.

      £12 a month for advert/dross free TV is a price I’m happy to pay. If you don’t like Newsnight, don’t watch it. There is an off button you know.

      • 133

        Fine. Just an on/off option on the licence fee as well, to be consistent, and the BBC can then do entirely what they like – on whatever money that people volunteer to pay.

        Your £145 is a good start – just another 5516 like you and that is the DG’s salary paid for…

        • 142
          nellnewman says:

          Exactly CRMM – those that want to watch it can voluntarily pay for it just like folks pay subscriptions for sk y.

          But for those of us who never watch it – we should not be fo rc ed to pay a license fee. so that they can keep paying these inexcusably high salaries and chu rning out this leftwin g dri vel.

          • Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

            Just pointing out the utter shite that is the ‘free’ alternative.

            I offer no defence to the quandary of the compulsary licence fee, but for me personally, the BBC offers superb value for money for twelve squids a month, without the insults to my intelligence that are called adverts.

            I am also intelligent enough to filter out any perceived ‘bias’

            With Sky, you pay for subscription AND have to endure adverts.

          • Anonymous says:

            How many people in the UK ‘never watch the BBC’?

          • TV is so yesterday. says:

            “How many people in the UK ‘never watch the BBC’?”

            We don’t have a TV, so I don’t watch the BBC, my wife doesn’t, and we have friends who don’t have TVs. Out of the people I know, quite a high proportion never watch the BBC.

          • Anonymous says:

            “Just pointing out the utter shite that is the ‘free’ alternative.”

            Even the BBC is free on the internet you knob. Just let the mugs pay for the content with the license fee. You lefties are so fucking thick.

          • BBC Disinfotainment Commissioning Team says:

            Edifying highlights you get for your 145 quid include: Eastenders, Dr Who/Merlin/Robin Hood, Andrew Marr’s History of Groping, Richard Hammond On Nothing He Knows Or Cares Anything About, The Islamic Invention of Everything (Medical Advances, Hi-Tech, as well as Equality and Democracy), I’m In D-List Celebrity Obscurity-I’ll Make An Ass Of Myself On A Dancefloor If You Vote Me Out Of Here (used to be only Children In Need where slebs were up for making fools of themselves – now it’s year-round and for their own advantage), The Islamist Guide to Loving Your Neighbour, The West Is Evil pt. 83, The Polar Bears Are Dying You Evil Bastards, etc & etc.

            I rather ‘filter out’ the adverts in a free tv system, than have to filter out blatent political bias in both news reportage and drama/light entertainment – all of which I am forced by threat of fine/ imprisonment to underwrite.

        • 143
          Lou Scannon says:

          Wonder how much the Gruinard will get for advertising for a new DG ? Perhaps it will fund Rusbridger and his chums for a few more days.
          This new guy Tim Davie is described by said organ as ‘acting editor in chief’ but he has no journalistic experience. Instead, he comes with a background in consumer marketing. I guess that figures, though, since we’re talking about a propaganda machine.

        • 177


      • 139
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        The BBC should be subscription only.

      • 194
        TV is obsolete. says:

        “£12 a month for advert/dross free TV”

        I believe the BBC shows something called “Eastenders”, perhaps the biggest load of dross known to man.

        Downloads, mate – that’s the solution. All the latest TV series, documentaries, films. No adverts. No censorship. No subscription. Free!

        • 459
          You're born: You live: You die. That is all. says:

          uTorrent is your friend!
          + Expat Shield for The Pirate Bay, if trying access from most UK ISPs.

      • 399
        Four-eyed English Genius says:

        But I am not happy to pay £12 a month for left wing propaganda.

    • 388
      dunstall says:

      Subscription is the answer and soon ,I would subscribe because ITV is sh7t

  54. 124
    Kebab the right wing troll says:

    Chris(Lord) Patter in a wrong ‘uh.

    He was a twerp in Parliament as well.

    Sack him.

    • 129
      Nuke London says:

      “He was a twerp in Parliament as well.”

      Sorry, that doesn’t really narrow it down.

  55. 125
    David bring-on-my-EU-pension Scamoron says:

    What a simply super day to bury bad news.


    It’s awfully difficult to say that while keeping a straight face.
    Never mind, I’ll just slip on another one.

  56. 131
    Heads must roll says:

    “I shall not be issuing any further statements or doing any interviews.”
    The standard BBC reply which says it all.

  57. 132
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    Where’s Helen Boaden,she gone walkabout or something?

  58. 135
    Acting D.G. says:

    NEWSFLASH – the BBC have unreservedly apologised for a recent broadcast in which they may have inadvertently referred to Guido Fawkes as a right wing political blogger. This was not the case.

  59. 137
    JH says:

    Has that fat, greasy skinned, arsehole-eyeweared cvnt Twatson had anything to say about this yet? Deafeningly silent all of a sudden Tom?

    Come on fatty, you are key member of the protect-BBC-and-Labour-at-any-cost gang which started this little media whirlwind, which now looks to have blown shit right back in your smug fucking faces.

    How I would laugh if the next BBC DG was a complete right-wing bastard, with a nice shiny axe. I can dream.

    • 147
      nellnewman says:

      I see he’s has put his blog back up this morning suitably cleaned and doctored of anything that might get him sued.

      • 225
        Another Engineer says:

        He can edit history all he likes, but Google remembers.

      • 267
        JH says:

        Have you read the comments? All saying ‘Well done Tom you are a national hero’ etc, all sounding suspiciously similar in tone, content and cadence.

        The fat fucking toad deletes any which are not supportive. What a c*nt.

      • 452
        Truth says:

        Too late for Watson to be having a clear out. All evidence has been collected. What a fool.

    • 403
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      “How I would laugh if the next BBC DG was a complete right-wing bastard, with a nice shiny axe. I can dream.”

      Not likely with Wavy Davy at the helm. unfortunately!

  60. 141
    Grollace says:

    Switched on TV this morning. Disappointing to see those leftist blabbabouts still on the air.

    • 145
      nellnewman says:

      Today in Remembrance Sunday – the beeb will have to take a backseat until tomorrow.

    • 146
      TV is so yesterday. says:

      I’ve just been on Pirate Bay and downloaded two episodes of American Dad and Men in Black 3. That’s this afternoon’s viewing sorted.

      No TV. No licence. Don’t even need to pay.

      TV; it’s obsolete.

      • 151
        nellnewman says:

        I think you have something there. I was reading in the week about someone else who does something similar through computer and doesn’t bother with a license.

        I watch stuff mostly on my laptop – all the news, national geographic, cookery, travel programmes I could want. No doubt there’s a lot more there if I went looking.

        Maybe this is the way tv will develop in the future. If so the beeb , whether it knows it or not, is slowly becoming extinct.

        • 201
          The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

          Commercial TV you don’t pay and if you watch BBC programmes on i-player after they have gone out live you do not need a TV Licence although technically you need one if you watch BBC Programmes live via computer/lap top but then again it’s unlikley that they could trace as it’s next to impossible to request everybody’s IP address from their ISP even taking into account those that do not use Proxy Servers. In any event you can access non-uk sites and quite legally watch BBC without any recourse

          It’s like that other big scam of the 80′s and 90′s TV Detector Vans…we can detect your TV and even know what programme you are watching…yeah right…and you can also track UFOs as well….you’re still NOT coming in and TV ? what TV ? Total rubbish and scare tactics.

          • Capita says:

            We have a database of 31 million UK addresses and work on the basis every one of them has to have a TV licence. We spend lots of money sending random letters every month to addresses that do not have licences. After a couple of years, we may send round one of our temporarily employed sales agents to attempt to persuade the owner of a property to pay the licence. But this is only done for a small proportion of un-licenced properties since it is uneconomical. Even when we do have a successful admission, since the house holder is entitled to refuse this, only 1 in 5 of the properties we get round to visiting are found to need a licence.
            But our fees for the BBC contract are very profitable to us.
            We say: KEEP THE LICENCE FEE.

      • 460
        You're born: You live: You die. That is all. says: for US & UK TV programs.

  61. 152
    Prangwizard says:

    I watched David Elstein interviewed on Sky and the BBC. He made the point that the BBC is too bureaucratic, and should be streamlined and various parts split from each other.
    I think we would agree with this, and is biased on a whole range of issues, but I would go further, and would urge, in this era of devolution in the UK, the formal division of broadcasting between the nations, especially for England which is not represented as a nation; it is divided into regions, so there would be a true ‘BBC’ England. New names would of course need to be divised. In other words the BBC would disappear and new broadcasters take its place in each nation.
    Each would need to be completely independent of each other, separately financed and managed with independent editorial policies.
    The BBC Trust should be dissolved and not replaced.

  62. 153
    Gonk says:

    Hilarious to see the ‘incompetence’ narrative gaining momentum as well the resignation with honour blarney. Hilarious but completely predictable.
    The institutional bias will have to be operated on with a gigantic battle sword like that big fucker that ‘El Cid’ wielded. Step forward Dave. Not.

  63. 155
    Loopy Lou says:

    “I shall not be issuing any further statements or doing any interviews”

    Thank you so much Mr Paxman

  64. 156
    Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

    Who appointed Patten?

  65. 158
    Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

    Will Entwistle be expecting a payoff?

  66. 160
    Just Asking says:

    If George Entwistle has been doing top jobs at the BBC for decades what does it say about the calibre of the people that the licence fee payers have been giving huge salaries to?

    • 202
      JH says:

      It’s been a superb year for George. First the Jubilee ‘coverage’ fit for nothing but chippy Labourite mongs, now this.

      Bravo. Buy that man a new pair of trendy glasses.

  67. 163
    Beness says:

    Not sure what the hell they are up to. They recruit from the ranks and they get someone who does not know whats going on. They are to big and need breaking up.

  68. 164
    The savant3 says:

    When is fat pang falling on his paunch ??

    • 167
      This Fat'un says:

      George was a very able and honourable man. I know because I appointed him and my judgement is impeccable.

    • 218
      Gonk says:

      A bit like Dave really. Promising start, then a bit of a disappointment. Then massive disappointment. Then turning into an eater, maybe a feeder. Then establishment creature and waste of fucking space.

  69. 165
    Twatson says:

    I tried to up my profile by jumping on another bandwagon but the wheels have fallen off. I will now be doing more of my Bunter impressions to make extra cash for any libel actions which may be coming my way.

  70. 167
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    A question that needs to be asked is

    ” How much of the material that has been prodcued by Newsnight over the last 10 years or so can be trusted”

    Hopefully McAlpines lawyers are preparing writs for libel against the BBC, Watson and Sally the Slapper

    • 170
      SL4 PPA says:

      Paddy says he ‘ll give me a few bob towards the damages.

    • 186
      Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

      Time to retweet Sally’s tweet by the thousands in the hope it will increase the award.

    • 193
      Anonymous says:

      Maybe then we’ll get to know when he first found out that his cousin was a nonce.

    • 213
      The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

      The salient question is not

      ” How much of the material that has been prodcued(stet) by Newsnight over the last 10 years or so can be trusted”

      ” How much of the material that has been produced by BBC Current Affairs/News over the last 40 years or so can be trusted ?”

  71. 169
    The savant4 says:

    It says that they are past masters at gaming the system and and have been screwing us financially for the past thirty. Years

  72. 173
    BBC Pornographic Workshop says:

    Didn’t Paxo watch his lamentable performance in front of the select committee? Fucking useless.

    Agree with Paxo over Birtian management structure & bureaucracy.

    Limp dick Hunt should kicked the beebs bollocks in when he had the chance.

    Patten next. Wet fart.

  73. 174
    The Groaning Rad says:

    It is a great tragedy that our sister news outlet has been brought so low.

  74. 178
    Major Frustration says:

    Get a new Chairman – Patten is a total waste of space – what Kinnock is to Labbour so Patten is to the Torys

    • 185 says:

      Agreed. He should be going round with a fucking big axe and cutting the heads off all the heads at the BBC, especially all those involved in ‘Newsnight’.

  75. 182
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Time for another internet rumour.
    Who was arrested in Cambridgeshire at 7.15am in connection with the JS investigation ( Telegraph )

  76. 196

    Just in case we forgot – Obama won.

    Andrew Marr Show pressing the point.

    • 210
      JH says:

      It’s very good of America and France to volunteer to be the latest Guinea Pigs for Socialism like this.

      Every generation or so we need a reminder of what a giant fucking disaster it inevitably is, which keeps the lefties for a bit.

      Fair play to them.

    • 215
      The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

      Another 4 years of…………. Yes ! We can’t !! then

    • 251
      Never The Same Compellation says:

      It’s the bankers who won. You’d think more people in the US might have sussed this by now. Just think what might have been achieved if all the money squandered on election campaigns had been spent on something worthwhile instead of that charade.

    • 404
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      Actually Romney lost. Not quite the same thing, same as 2010 in the UK!

    • 475
      Albion says:

      Hooray hooray Obama won.

      Now to watch them fall off the fiscal cliff.

  77. 200
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    Patton refuses live interview on SKYNEWS.

  78. 205
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    More stinking left wing hypocrisy.

    Just exactly what did Vaz and Hodge have on the labour leadership that enabled them to be appointed head of influential commons committees.

  79. 207
    Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

    Guido Fawkes shows his solidarity with Lord Patten by shoving his hand down his pants.

  80. 208
    Sir WW says:

    To be fair, Antiques Roadshow is still quite a decent prog. This week, we go to North Wales where the team find a battered old story that turns out to be a 20th-century fake!

    • 216
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      Last week they found and battered an old tory.

    • 230
      Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

      I think you are referring to the Fiona Bruce show.

    • 264
      Anonymous says:


    • 359
      Ed Balls MP says:

      Finding out it was a fake got me weeping, that’s for sure.

    • 413
      Anonymous says:

      More a question of attribution than fake. It was Jimmie not Alfie who was the nonce. What I’d like to know is,

      1. when did Alfie first find out that Jimmie was a nonce

      2. what did he do about it

      3. when was Alfie first publicly named as a nonce

      4. what did Alfie do about it at the time

      5. who first suggested to the victims that the name of the nonce was Alfie, not Jimmie

      6. was Jimmie the nonce a donor to the Tory party.

      • 435
        Sir WW says:

        Probably neither of them, in fact. My experience at prep school was that nonces don’t introduce themselves by saying “Good afternoon, my boy, Sir Reginald Moletrouser at your service.”

  81. 214
    Selohesra says:

    BBC still at it – Patten just been on and jist of argument is “its not my fault – Murdochs are out to get us”

    • 217
      As you sow, so shall ye reap says:

      Makes a change from the Murdochs saying the BBC is out to get them I suppose.

      This could run longer than “The Archers”.

  82. 220
    Guardian Savant says:

    The next DG will be a woman.. men can’t be trusted to monitor other men who are all perverts, pedos and tax dodgers anyway.

    Sisters! Occupy The Management Post!

    That is all.

  83. 222
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Chris Pattern, George Entwhistle and BBC News have still find out that the word sorry is somewhere between shit and syphilis in the OED.

    • 233
      The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

      You obviously do not follow BBC “Points of View” Sunday teatime ? Viewers write or e mail their complaints and some arrogant left wing BBC producer/manager tells them that they are ignorant morons. and basically insults them for daring to criticise the Corporation…..

  84. 228
    nellnewman says:

    I see tomwatson trying to engender some sympathy by saying he has been warned he is in da ng er because of pursuing these latest allegations , which by the by have no connection to nwa les or a certain lor d. +++Laugh++

    A quick look at his now springcleaned website shows that the comments are coming from tweeters and carry about the same weight as our comments to Guido when he’s taking on a sensitive issue about not walking in the woods and avoiding pointy umbrellas.

    It does seems that tomwatson has lost his grip on reality!!

  85. 229
    handsome jack says:

    OK Jeremy, so who was it who was responsible for designing and implementing the current management and operating procedures in the BBC?

  86. 231
    Fish says:

    Underpants Bryant asks how many newspaper editors have to resign because of bad journalism.

    Underpants Bryant just doesn’t get it. If we don’t like their journalism, we don’t have to buy their papers. If we don’t buy their papers, they don’t have a job (e.g. The Guardian)

    It seems like the BBC are circling their wagons again this morning, Dimbleby (J) having a particularly humerous and creative way of pointing us all in a different direction and justifying the non-broadcast of the Savile expose.

    • 239
      nellnewman says:

      You are being a little un kind to expect a mere mp like brainle ssbry ant to understand the difference between the commercial accou ntability of newspapers with custom ers and bbc taxpayer funded leftw ing dr ivel produced to bra inwash sorry ‘educate’ the unwa shed masses.

  87. 235
    THE END IS NIGH says:

    Chris Patten and Andrew Marr just were the perfect reasons why the BBC should be scrapped.

    A full on attack of the Murdoch press that puts down the excellent work of journalists who work there and a complete self indulgent diatribe overlooking their own failings.

  88. 236
    Peter Bone says:

    I walked up to the shop assistant in Next and said, “I bought this thong from you last week and it’s a bit too small.”

    “Sir, can you please pull your trousers back up.”

  89. 240
    George Entwistle says:

    It’s come to my attention that I have a son and daughter my wife. I wish to make it clear that I was unaware I had two children. I had seen these children in my house over the years but I never asked my wife who they were. Some may say that I should have taken the time to find out but you need to understand that as husband to my wife, I simply do not have time to ask her about everything that happens in our house.

  90. 244
    Riggsy Brown says:

    While this Paxo/Beeb/Entwistle media ministrone sloshes around, let’s not overlook the fact that it was the repulsive Twatson who neatly teed up Newsnight with his HoC statement. Twatson being briefed by/colluding with the Beeb. Who’d have thought! Btw where is the fat f*cker right now? He’s usually got so much to say.

    • 253
      Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

      “Twatson being briefed by/colluding with the Beeb.”

      Oh god ( small G ) please let it be true.

    • 254
      Pawn Sandwich says:

      There should be an apology to the House. Cameron should also insist that his evidence should be given to the police.

      If the accused is in the HoL then we should have a member of the HoC giving an apology to a member of the HoL.

  91. 249
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Patten…not Patton, Pattern or any of the above must go

  92. 252
    The NHS is the envy of the world says:

    The Marr show was blatant BBC propaganda. We are the world’s best and Murdoch is scum.

    It was in the same class as the newsnight stuff that started all this.

    I’m sick of the BBC blowing it’s own trumpet pretending it is superior to the rest of the world.

  93. 255
    Cinna says:

    Come on Ed, time to demand an enquiry into the way the BBC is run.

  94. 260
    Chris Patten says:

    The BBC’s output is superior to anything I see in my hotel room when I am in America, France or Italy. You plebs watching Andrew and I should be grateful.

    • 272
      Polly says:

      Yes, I’m watching Italian television in my villa at the moment. It’s terrible so I’ve ordered a few more bottles to take away the taste.

    • 326
      Jane Birkin from Paris says:

      You should tune in to French TV when the Le Pens are on .

      You clearly do not know what you are missing .

  95. 265
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    And is Patten paid via a company? I think we should be told!

  96. 268
    Politicians = perverts says:

    The bbc’s acted appallingly but the glee some of you are showing says a lot. Over the moon that the focus has now shifted away from your boy buggering pals, aren’t you? Or are some of you the nonces yourselves? Phew, that was a close call! You and your buddies almost got caught for torturing and ràping children. Just as Labour’s perverts have been protected by Blair’s D notice on Operation Ore, now the Tory perverts have been protected by a combination of the bbc’s incompetence and longstanding collusion between Tory top brass and corrupt police. The entire political establishment is just one cesspit of crooks and perverts from all parties.

  97. 273
    Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

    Warmonger Blair at the Cenotaph

    • 297
      Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

      Brave man standing opposite all those riflemen. Doesn’t one of them have a sufficient grudge?

      • 323 says:

        If ever there was a time for friendly fire.

      • 484
        Anonymous says:

        they are loyal to the queen.
        having said that Indira Gandhi’s bodyguard turned against her.

        the army chappie revealed mp’s corruption.
        who will spill the beans re royalty, the new archbishop?

    • 316
      The East Fife Times...absent friends edition says:

      Where’s Gordon ?

  98. 278
    Silent Bob says:


  99. 282
    Phil says:

    There comes a time when any institution however large is finally overwhelmed by its very size.Vested interest,political sabotage, infiltration by minority pressure groups etc perm any one from a 100. All it takes is an incompetent management structure bent on climbing the greasy pole to the exclusion of all else including doing the job it is paid to do.A DG sitting in his ivory tower counting his shekels and working out how much of a bonus to award himself at the end of the year.Meanwhile, on the shop floor, the latest, edgy, left wing producer, having imbibed with his mothers milk, a pathological hatred of anyone who is not a socialist also happens to be making a documentary and decides, in collusion with fellow travellers to stuff the government of the day and turns the prog into a work of fiction thus smearing the opposition and destroying a man’s reputation because they never liked him anyway.The aftermath along with many others over past decades, is a smack on the wrist, a token resignation and apology along the lines of”We made a dreadful mistake” and “Our reputation as a great british institution will continue”.It will soon blow over and it’s business as usual all over again as the cry goes up “who do we slag off next”.

    • 327
      JH says:

      “who do we slag off next”

      Eerrm. Wotsername… was MP for Finchley. I think she was Prime Minister for a bit… might have been the Conservatives… my memory!

      Come on, help me out. This is going to annoy me all day now.

      I can see how easy it is for the BBC to forget all about that Gordon Brown bloke and those 13 years where he comprehensively fucked the economy. Still, that was ages ago now.

      • 341
        Judge Dread says:

        The BBC ,ITV and most of the Press spent the majority of those 13 years with their tongues firmly up his backside . There is evidence to support this .

        Where is that Guillotine ?

        • 351
          Gordon Brown says:

          Neither a borrower or a bottler be.

          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Isn’t Gordon a ‘fellow traveller’ these days – out there doing his ‘functionary’ bit for the communists string-pullers cause?

        • 503
          Mme Tricoteuse says:

          Madame Guillotine is currently out of service being sharpened ready for M. Hollandaise sauce and his fellow travellers when his little socialist experiment bollox hits the fan with Les Frogs (whoever he might be).

  100. 285
    Cilla says:

    Foreign aid budget spent on Question Time for Bangladesh
    Millions of pounds of British aid to one of the world’s poorest countries has been spent on television programmes and a parliamentary advice line, an investigation has found.

    • 328 says:

      Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Give a man a television program and he’ll be none the better for it if he can’t afford a tele. It would be only be political propaganda anyway.

  101. 289
    genghiz the kahn says:

    1023: “He was the quiet man of the BBC. After spending nearly a quarter of a century in news and factual programmes – including as an award-winning head of Newsnight – he became director general. Then the Savile storm hit the corporation.” The Guardian looks back at the 54 days that brought George Entwistle’s downfall.

    Coming soon to Youtube:-
    Adolf Hitler learns of George Enwhistle’s Downfall.

    Hitler learns of unchecked Newsnight stories.

    • 295
      Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

      “award-winning head of Newsnight ”

      Hoist by his own Pet Hard

    • 309

      55 days of Meek King

    • 419
      Gunner Who? says:

      That’s it! Been trying to think who Entwistle reminded me of: in the film version of ‘Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall’ there’s a timid and wishy-washy member of Milligan’s platoon called Heavenly who, if memory serves, bears a striking resemblance to George.

      He’s left to stand guard over a shot-down German plane, which explodes, killing him.

  102. 294
    How appropriate says:

    How apt.

    When the Queen and armed forces representatives place their wreaths, it’s done in silence. When the politicians (the ones sending other people’s children to their death on some specious agenda), they sound a funeral dirge.

  103. 301
    Anonymous says:

    Fat Pang?

  104. 304
    Col. Nut says:

    Bodger cull needed in Shepherds Bush.

  105. 305
    lol says:

    Paxman complains about ‘timeservers’? I thought the biggest timeserver at the BBC was Entwhistle himself.

    As for Paxman, he’s become a bit of a timeserver himself in recent years.

    Scrap the licence tax! Why should people be forced to fund this leftist/liberal, cultural marxist, anti-white, anti-Tory, anti-UKIP propaganda?

    • 334
      A reporter from the Daily Planet says:

      Paxman should be looking for a nice little job on the Daily Star

    • 344
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Toby yen and friends seem strangely quiet in the background while all this chaos has been ‘created’! Who’s hands are really controlling this created chaos?

      • 360
        Engineer says:

        “Who’s hands are really controlling this created chaos?”

        The Newsnight editorial team and the BBC News management heirarchy. Some of them must be guilty of blatant incompetence, and some must surely go.

        The Bureau of Investigative Journalists also seem to have been spectacularly incompetent. I predict their imminent (and unlamented) demise.

        Also in the background, stirring assiduously, Tom Watson – who has many questions to answer. He won’t, though.

        • 450
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Watched Gilligan doing the Sky paper reviews last night – he mentioned the BBC Lawyers.

          Perhaps the BBC need to take a very good look at the dodgy scheusters they employ and whether or not those scheusters themselves have been frugal with the truth and of what they ‘suggest’ as being the law?

          Hidden legal agenda anybody?

  106. 310

    In all the scandal I think the most important story is being forgotten.

    How does this affect Strictly?

  107. 313
    find out please, guido says:

    where as ex-PM Brown this morning? Too busy to attend the Cenotaph?

  108. 324
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Quality BBC journalism on display, even now:

    “A two-minute silence has been held to remember members of the British and Commonwealth’s armed forces who have died during conflicts.
    The Queen was joined by Prince Phillip and the Duchess of Cambridge at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.”

    1. Philip is spelled with 1 L, not 2 – you think they’d know that after 91 years
    2. Kate was up on the balcony, not at the Cenotaph.

    J’sus wept.

    • 330
      JH says:

      Did they do any cutaways to Lenny Henry doing ‘hilarious’ vox pops and funny voices?

      If not, why not?

      Sounds a bit racist if you ask me.

      • 340
        Mornington Crescent says:

        They should have had the achingly, side-splittingly funny and right-on News Quiz team doing the commentary – just to be, y’know, in touch.

    • 401
      another bumbling fool says:

      Dimbleby ought to issue an apology to Northern Ireland given he was unable to correctly identify Nigel Dodds when he was laying his wreath.

    • 468
      You're born: You live: You die. That is all. says:

      We needed a two minute silence at the Festival of Remembrance last night, when that superannuated Scotch has-been, R. Stewart, was screeching a song: bloody “Auld Lang Sins” or summat similar.

  109. 331
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    I suppose those old men who buggered those little boys in Council Care all those years ago will be tucking into their Sunday dinners whilst this little charade is going on .

  110. 337
    Judge Dread says:

    Has anyone shown the guy from the childrens home photos of all ex Cabinet ministers since 1976?

    If not, then why not .

    Mr Cameron, are you in charge or are you not ?

  111. 338

    As I said yesterday, Entwistle and Newsnight would be sacrificed to try to turn this story around into ‘incomptetence’, rather than conspiracy and cover-up. And the rest fo the meeja seem keen to go go along with that – no surprises. How about that

    But this does weaken the BBC, and does weaken the trust the public place in it,a nd that must be a good thing.

    Anyone got a book going on the next DG yet? I wonder what I could get on Brillo? How about that, Andrew Neil as DG? That might be fun…

  112. 346
    I don't n e e d no doctor says:

    Brillo has got Harman on the ropes over Tom Watson. Harman really is the pits.

    • 365
      nellnewman says:

      hattyharpic once acted as lawyer advocate for PIE and supporting organisation. ‘The Pits’ is not an expression that adequately describes the odious woman.

  113. 347
    Centre Parting says:

    Eddie Mair said that “Newsnight apologises” – its only the programme title, means nothing – avoids actual humans/BBC employees lined up on the screen to say sorry – doubt they would mean it anyway. Big payoffs and pensions all round.

    The Newsnight knew lot knew that they were finished and just wanted to bring down a Tory scalp with them as a parting shot.

  114. 353
  115. 354
    Jeremy 'TaxPlan' Paxman says:

    ‘while time-servers prosper’.


  116. 357
    Uncle Frank says:
                      URGENT MESSAGE for TWATSON !!!

  117. 358
    Captain Browneye says:

    BBC = owl pellet

    shit full of skeletons

  118. 361
    dunstall says:

    As i said on this blog a week ago Newsnight is well past its sell by date,if it is true that Paxman and thoe other Newsnight regulars refused to host Fridays output then they shouldnt be allowed back.Paxman,Maitlis et al are part of the problem too many egos.Eddie Mair was brilliant on Friday he should be retained as for the rest good riddance.

  119. 364


    How about it Guido?

  120. 366
    nellnewman says:

    I see Chris Patten said ‘If trust goes, that’s it’

    The trust has already gone.

  121. 367
    dunstall says:

    Postscript Lest we forget.ITV needs to sort out Schofield a complete disgrace.

  122. 368
    Drop a Daisy cutter on ITV says:

    Where is Schrodinger’s cat

  123. 369
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

    I have decreed that Patten will keep his job.

    Everybody can move on now.

  124. 371
    In other news says:

    “Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK from December 2013, Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed.”

  125. 374
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Re: Entwistle’s need to fall-on-sword– Heinlein’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which stupidity adequately explains.”

    Re: Newsnight’s story that got Entwistle “sacked”– Tay King-dePisse’s corollary to Heinlein’s Razor: “Never attribute to stupidity that which malice explains thoroughly.”

  126. 376
    morris minor says:

    well i have just had sunday lunch at the chester grosvenor and i fancy taking the motor for a spin…. i know i’ll take a trip to wrexham! it is only 15 minutes away.

  127. 390
    nellnewman says:

    No gordon at Remembrance Service today .

    Don’t tell me he’s still travelling abroad at our expense earning more money for his tax dodging office of gordon and sarah brown ?!

    • 400
      Synic says:

      New Year’s Resolution — a few weeks early.

      “Nobody shall refer to Brown ever again — just consign the fucker to complete oblivion.”

    • 504
      Mme Tricoteuse says:

      Pourquoi should he be there? He is now a nobody – just a pointless cannon fodder backbencher.

  128. 398
    Screwed Taxpayer says:

    Gideon — announce in the Commons this week that the BBC licence fee is to be cut to £100 starting January 2013 — don’t discuss it with Plonker Dave and his PC Libdum mates — just do it — it will be universally popular

    • 505
      Mme Tricoteuse says:

      Close! Only 99 quid too much (if you have to use a number rather than the word ‘abolished’).

  129. 405
    BBC are buggered says:

    He’s absolutely spot on, the senior managers solution to a problem is to employ more managers, with assistants, and give them silly titles to confuse epeople, inlcuding themselves. Paxman statement about BBC management being full of time serving cowards and incompetents is so accurate, I’ve seen it myself. Complain about bullying and their first reaction is to shut you up asa they are too scared to face the problem, and if that doesn’t work they sack you for a trumped up reason..i.e don’t fill a form incorrectly despite the fact, established in tribunal, that the dismissing officer did the same thing himself frequently.
    The BBC cannot now be sorted out by internal pressure, it needs to be broken up into manageable parts.
    By the way I have no sympathy for entwistle, he is just one of the many managers in the BBC completely out of their depth… no real management experience except in the BBC, and that means no experience of the real world.

    • 410
      Engineer says:

      Years ago, I worked for a large organisation that, over a period of years, ‘grew’ it’s management structure. In due course, I left (and was glad to do so – very stifling working atmosphere). Meeting an old mate from the same outfit a couple of years later, I asked him how things were. “It’s like playing in a rugby team entirely composed of scrum-halves and one full-back. They can’t wait to move on anything that lands on their desks, until the full-back has to deal with it. He promptly gets scragged by the opposition’s front row, so they sack him and get another. Same thing happens again. They never learn.” The place was taken over (and effectively went out of existence) shortly after.

      Same with the BBC. This crisis will bring changes – they’ll sack the full-back and get another. In due course, there will be another crisis…..

      • 421

        In business, I used to be an advocate of the flat management system. One manager with all workers reporting to them. It was efficient, profitable and lines of communication were swift. One company I ran in the 1980s made £25m p.a. before tax with 80 employees (almost £⅓m each.)

        BBC took this principle and turned it upside down just like your old firm. There were umpteen managers. Either of us would be challenged to have invented their job titles. Just have a look here:

        No normal human could even tell what some of these do from their descriptions. And look at their pay – more for this lot than my entire staff bill! Despite all this, it still doesn’t work efficiently and communications are obviously non-existent.

        • 433
          JH says:

          Most private sector people, upon reflecting on whether they are good at their jobs, will reflect on their own performance and whether they make an objective contribution to the firm’s bottom line.

          A BBC manager has an approach to that question more like this:

          1. Am I good at my job?
          2. I am a senior manager at the BBC.
          3. Yup.

          That’s what happens when you pay people with money extorted from others, rather than via voluntary exchange. A den of self regarding wankers who think they are the bees knees because they are under the magic money tree.

  130. 407
    Promoted above ability says:

    Entwistle is as Major is to PMs and Rompuy is to presidents.

  131. 412
    Enjoy? It's not a F+@*ing knees up Sally. says:
  132. 415
    forks says:

    Watch American TV for a day.If you still want the BBC disbanded and replaced by that totally commercialised pap, then you deserve everything you get. So they screwed up a story on a news programme? Is that it? Dismantle and sell off to the highest bidder one of the things that makes Britain a civilised place to live. We have been here too often.

    • 416
      The BBC as it should be says:

      American TV is great. Full of Top Gear, Attenburough with no Toynbee or Owen Jones.

    • 418
      Celebrity Come Dancing says:

      Lone Ranger
      The Monkees
      Happy Days
      The Banana Splits
      Star Trek
      The x files
      The Beverly Hill billies
      Hill street Blues
      Miami Vice
      Starsky and Hutch
      The Munsters
      The Simpsons
      Little House on the Prairie
      The Muppet Show

      And those are just the ones off the top of my head.

      • 453
        Freddy Krueger says:

        The Muppet Show was British, it was made by Lew Grade and ITC.

        • 509
          Ehtch says:

          And Star Trek was made by a bunch of Californian hippy duggies, not proper US yanks at all, so they don’t count too.

    • 431
      Cobblers says:

      The idea that BBC programmes are of superior quality to others generally speaking is a myth these days at least 90% of them are utter dross and if you take into account the huge amount of money they have at their disposal it’s hard to understand how they can be that bad, we have just found out that they cannot even do basic journalism without making a huge cock of it.

    • 442
      Jimmy Saville's Ghost says:

      Don’t be a mug, that old chestnut is well past it’s sell by date.

      I don’t watch BBC shit, so why should I or anyone else be forced to pay for it? Even if I did want to watch it I could stream it FREE on the BBC IPLAYER on the internet.

      It’s game over, the younger generations aren’t going to pay to watch fucking TV when they can watch everything online for free. You can spend billions trying to convince them otherwise and it won’t work. Paying a tv license fee like their daft parents and grandparents will never be COOL.

      If you don’t believe me look what happened in Austrailia and other countries with the license fee that ended up scraping it. The younger generation didn’t play ball.

      The very people who where most loyal to them and all things old fashioned and British are hated as ‘Right Wing’ or ‘Old Fogies’ scum by the BBC anyway.

      You reap what you sow, demographics, the lefts favourite trick coming back to haunt them.

      The BBC is running out of time and you will soon be dragged one way or another to deal with the harsh reality of competition in the real world that the rest of us face kicking and screaming like the little piggies you are.

  133. 422
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t Paxman cowardly for refusing to present the apology and incompetent for being part of Newsnight?

    • 424

      Not at all. He did not present the offending programme, did he?

      • 432
        The BBC are cunts says:

        No, I think he was probably jetting back from the USA: part of the enormous caravan of Beeboids who went out to do their Christmas shopping cover the Presidential election.

        • 451

          That is as may be and I agree with your moniker, you won’t find a stronger candidate for selling off the BBC than me.

          Referring to the original comment, I think it is important that we get our facts right, which improves our case, unlike the BBC which gets its facts wrong and totally devalues its case.

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  135. 427
    Cobblers says:

    R4 just had a succession of people on that had been rounded up to tell us how wonderful the BBC is, but “nobody from BBC management was available for comment” again. How many times have I heard exactly the same thing from them before about government departments but said in a sarcastic voice, they can’t all be hiding in the stationary cupboard can they?.

    • 440
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Janet Daley (not usually my favourite commentator) was good at the end, accusing the other invitees of “hosing a foam of self-congratulation…”, or some such. I say “or some such” because only the first half hour of the prog is on the iPlayer – the rest has been censored by the BBC.

    • 495
      BBC memo and envelope says:

      There is no impetus for change here. We are only stationery.

  136. 428
    Anonymous says:

    I think it’s about time we were told the salaries of management staff in the BBC. We are paying them FFS. What do they do for their money? I understand many get six figure salaries. Can we insist on knowing the figures?

  137. 434
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Patten on Marr Show: ‘Murdoch! Murdoch!’
    Patten on Sky News (outside the BBC, as he refused to give them a ‘proper’ interview because the Sun had slagged off his appointee, George):
    ‘Murdoch! Murdoch! Evil Empire!’

    So at least we know where Mr Patten’s priorities lie in all this mess at the BBC. Making sure Rupert Murdoch doesn’t gloat over it.

    • 436
      NFC says:

      At least Murdoch turned up to the other fatso witchhunt at Leveson and closed down the NOTW, will the BBC now do the right thing?.

      • 443

        I’m sure they will. Expect 6 music to be axed At any moment.

        • 448
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Anyone who thinks that Murdoch is some kind of saint and not evil – and who sings his praises is truly bereft of how utterly devious and evil Murdoch is. And that’s before any understanding of who actually pulls Murdoch’s strings.

          Matthew Normans many articles railing against Murdoch are quite good – especially his references to Murdoch / Lear.

          How much control does Alan Yentob – have at the BBC is surely a question which needs to be addressed?

  138. 437
    viewer says:

    It’s also about time that the BBC published a list naming all staff who work in a programme making capacity who have family or any other links to political parties of any colour. That would be an interesting read. Come on Beeboids, spill the beans.

    • 469
      Anonymous says:

      Introduce mandatory drugs tests to the restore trust at the BBC.

      Half the media types are taking hard drugs on a regular basis.

      How can you trust their judgement when they are recovering from one fix and only thinking about the next one?

  139. 444
  140. 447
    Marr takes his revenge says:

    Was it Chinks?

  141. 467
    Anonymous says:

    Introduce mandatory drugs tests to the restore trust at the BBC.

    Half the media types are taking hard drugs on a regular basis.

    How can you trust their judgement when they are recovering from one fix and only thinking about the next one?

  142. 474
    fitzfitz says:

    The frightened faux grandeur of it : ” I shall not be … “” : if we ask, you will answer, tyke.

  143. 479
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Paxman’s statement is as helpful as a skunk in a perfume factory .

    If he has any ongoing contractual relationship with BBC then the new guy should mark his card and sack him .

  144. 488
    Quite Tory says:

    What totally bollocks!

  145. 491
    You're born: You live: You die. That is all. says:

    Entwistle in line for a £1.3 million pay-off – for under two months service?
    That’s how the bastards spend the TV tax

  146. 506
    AveubenBorisised? says:

    What a load of, er PAXO.

    Havent laughed so much in years……well not since last week ….when Dave’s
    texts were exposed….

    Can’t wait for next week

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