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WATCH: Watson Opens Up About Unrequited Love

Let it never be said that romance is dead…

Hodging Her Bets

“Are you lying to your shareholders” barked Margaret Hodge as she had her moment in the limelight chairing a Public Accounts Committee hearing this afternoon with representatives Google, Starbucks and Amazon – three global companies that pay huge amounts of tax in the UK, but perfectly legally and sensibly reduce their tax bills.

Hodges’ mock incredulity, amateur dramatics and Vaz-esque playing to the camera would have carried more weight if she had not been busted over the weekend profiting as a shareholder from her family firm that paid just 0.01% tax in the  UK last year. Were Stemcor’s directors lying to her as a shareholder? Or is Hodge just a spectacular hypocrite?

Sweaty Balls and Other Tales

The updated register of Members of Interests provided rich pickings for this week’s Daily Star Sunday column. Chris Huhne is cashing in on his Energy contacts, Nadine’s taking Ashcroft money and Labour have their very own absent earners. Guido’s favourite story of the week was the coming nightmare for Ed Balls:

THE Tories have finally accepted that their cherished plan to redraw parliamentary boundaries, heavily favouring Labour at the moment, is dead in the water. They’ve begun to select candidates for the next election in the old seats. Ed Balls’ patch near Leeds is high up the target list. The Tories were just 1,101 votes short of scalping their nemesis last time round, fewer votes than the UKIP candidate got. If the Tories choose a suitably Eurosceptic candidate and UKIP sits this one out, Balls will have one hell of a fight on his hands.

The whole column is now online here

BBC Director General Runners and Riders

Given that George Entwistle effectively pocketed almost £8,500 for each of his 53 days as Director General, there will be no shortage of candidates for the job. Guido gives you his own take on the runners and riders:

  • Craig Oliver – The former BBC man turned embattled Downing Street comms chief is under pressure in his current job after a seemingly endless series of media foul-ups from the PM. Last week’s This Morning debacle will hardly have helped. This solution will work well for all concerned.
  • Andrew Neil – Experience running Sky as their founding boss. One of the Beeb’s finest  inquisitors, Brillo would surely get to the bottom of all that has been going on. Would need to remain on screen though.
  • Andrew Marr – Handy Andy is a BBC stalwart and earned praise for his grilling of Lord Patten over the weekend. Is expected to rule himself out over alleged indiscretions in a Soho bar.
  • David Dimbleby – A legend at Broadcasting House, Dimbers has graced our screens for decades. Making the step up would mean hanging up his Question Time boots. He certainly made the case for himself on Today this morning.
  • Kelvin MacKenzie – It could be argued that more 90s-style tabloid hackery is just what the BBC needs. There would be none better for the job than Kelvin. Understands popular journalism.
  • Piers Morgan – The CNN host might soon be out of job if his US election coverage was anything to go by. Certainly has the experience in the media, though a future court date is the last thing the BBC needs. 
  • James Murdoch – An outside bet but one that would certainly stir things up. Has a proven track record of successfully running major media corporations and dealing with scandal. They could hardly do worse…

Let battle commence.

WATCH: Acting DG Walks Out Mid-Way Through Sky Interview

Here is the excruciating moment Tim Davie walked out of only his second interview as acting Director General:

Well done to the BBC for choosing yet another leader with such wonderful media and people skills.

Patten Defends Indefensible Entwistle Pay-Off Government Stand-Off Brewing

The BBC chairman defending the indefensible – Entwistle’s huge pay-off despite only being contracted for less:

So far Downing Street have said this is “hard to justify”. Any upping in that rhetoric and this will be a full blown stand-off…

“Googling REDACTED”: Another Guardian Hack Witch Hunt

Guido agreed with every word of Dan Sabbagh’s sensible piece on Twitter witch hunts today. Unfortunately the Guardian’s media sage hasn’t been taking his own advice. Just ten days ago Sabbagh tweeted that he was googling the name of a child abuse victim who has alleged online that he was the victim of an assault by a serving MP. The tweet has now been deleted…

Quote of the Day

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism told Lord Leveson:

“The organisation aims for its output and editorial processes to be a masterclass, a gold standard for evidence-based journalism of this kind.”[…]

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The BBC News Website Eats Itself

The entire top half of the BBC News website is devoted to BBC news:

The BBC sources understand, but the BBC will not confirm, that the BBC is losing it.[…]

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Iain Overton Resigns From the Bureau of Smears

The man who sent that now infamous tweet on the morning of the Newsnight McAlpine report has resigned from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Their Managing Editor Iain Overton’s name no longer appears on the BIJ website. Another stunning success for the operation that before this had revealed that Bell Pottinger broke Wikipedia’s terms of use and smeared Help for Heroes.[…]

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Sally Says Sorry

Sally Bercow has apologised for naming Lord McAlpine on twitter last week. She’s now expecting a lawyer’s letter:

“Yes, I have apologised for McAlpine tweet. In which I noted that his name was trending (which, at the time, it was). I was irresponsible. 

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Nadine in the Jungle: Day One

Last night confirmed what ITV had pinned their hopes on and what we all already knew: Nads is box office. From the moment a grinning Dec uttered “Good evening, Prime Minister” to the camera, it was clear this year’s I’m a Celeb was going to be the Nadine show.[…]

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Bye Bye Boaden

The BBC Head of News has smelt the coffee is morning. Helen Boaden has stepped aside too.

She could still get her day in court yet though.

Meanwhile David Dimbleby has launched his campaign to be DG on the Today programmme.[…]

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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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