November 22nd, 2012

New Director General of BBC is Lord Tony Hall

It looks like Michael Gove will have to wait a little longer to see his dream of a conprehensive educated, female DG. It’s Tony Hall, or Baron Hall of Birkenhead to his friends.

Developing…

UPDATE: BBC have confirmed.


167 Comments

  1. 1
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    Another one of the boys, how surprising.

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Is the fat lady about sing at the BBC?

  3. 3
    Gordon Cockwistle says:

    I demand £500,000 for having read this post.

  4. 4
    Vince Cable's rucksack says:

    It’s already on Wikipedia as a done deal. He’s an ex-Beeb man, also.

  5. 5
    George But Dim says:

    Excellent. Another ex-BBC club member.

  6. 6
    Out with the old, in with the old says:

    Tony Hall joined the BBC as a trainee in 1973, after graduating. Among his career achievements are the launch of BBC Parliament, Radio 5 Live and the editing of the 9 O’Clock News at the early age of 34. He was previously director of News and Current Affairs Television at the BBC (1990–1993) and, combining TV and radio, became director of News for the BBC in 1993. In 1999 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the position of Director General of the BBC. On 22 November 2012 he was appointed Director General of the BBC

  7. 7
    BBC Lodge says:

    Boaz

  8. 8
    George Bentwistle says:

    Should have said George but you get the point.

  9. 9
    Tuscan Tony says:

    It could have been worse: Lord Prescott might have got the gig.

  10. 10
    Handycock says:

    Jahbulon.

  11. 11
    The Sleeper says:

    The BBC Trust will never learn,will it.

    If ever Pravda needed an outsider,it is now.

    So they appoint an ex Beeboid,and a failed previous candidate for DG to boot..

    No change there then.

  12. 12
    None of the above says:

    He launched Radio 5. Is he a communist?

  13. 13
    Steve Miliband says:

    He’s come a long way since ‘It’s a knockout’

  14. 14
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    I see George finally showed his balls and demanded the £480k to resign.

    So why didn’t they get our money’s-worth and sack him?

  15. 15
    Brownhilder says:

  16. 16
    BBC are buggered says:

    Well that will be a relief to the jobsworths in the BBC, he’ll not rock the boat, he’s been brought up on the BBC troughing approach to management, he’ll keep on spending on more managers and bull the plebs out there, us, that we’re getting value for money.

  17. 17
    its tough out there says:

    its soap opera’s gain

  18. 18
    Gordon Brown says:

    Head of the world bank

    Head of the IMF

    Britain’s Special Envoy to China

    President of the EU

    Governor of the Bank of England

    Chairman of the FSA

    President of the board of trade

    Head of the CBI

    Director General of the BBC

    Chancellor of Oxford university

    Manager at Kirkcaldy Burger King

    Sales Assistant at B&Q. Mon, Tue, Wed 2-5pm and sat morning 9-1pm
    fingers crossed!

  19. 19
    Steve Miliband says:

    Gordon would have been good. ‘I’m a Presbyterian, get me out of here.’

  20. 20
    Bill Quango MP says:

    test

  21. 21
  22. 22

    Strange .. is it a watershed thing?

  23. 23
    David says:

    The sign off by the 50s Radio Luxembourg DJ used to be “That’s it and that’s all from yours sincerely Tony Hall”. Maybe this Tony Hall will need a line like that soon enough.

  24. 24
    Mornington Crescent says:

    …after a full, exhaustive and transparent process, too. Marvellous.

    FFS.

  25. 25
    Phil the Greek says:

    He seems to be perfectly politically correct

    And he’s married to a headmistress

    Thank God for that at least

  26. 26
    This Fat'un says:

    This is an excellent choice. He knows the BBC. He’ll do nothing to rock the boat. He’ll fit in with all the other entitlement troughers. Happy days.

  27. 27
    gramma says:

    The blog has a filter for ADHD types Bill ;)

  28. 28
    It's .org, not .co.uk says:

    Check your facts, Geedo

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  29. 29
    A Droyd says:

    If you go past him on the right side, you won’t have to pay!

  30. 30
    Al-Beeb spokesperson says:

    Following the BBC (dis)Trusts appointment of our new glorious DG who is

    former BBC insider. We confirm it will be business as usual with our correct

    Guardianista view of the world & we will continue to ram this down

    everyone’s throat 24/7 vial all Beeb channels.

    Further edicts will be issued later

  31. 31
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    When Radio 5 Labour was originally launched, it was not the Socialist Propaganda Disseminator it is now. It’s been taken over.

  32. 32
    Selohesra says:

    I dont think Ms Abbot has been on This Week for a bit

  33. 33
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Beebiod and Quangocrat, obviously just the type to root out corruption and bad practice. Oh hold on, he was at the BBC when Savile and his fellow perverts were and never raised an eyebrow.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  34. 34
    None of the above says:

    Maybe he is the assistant that I had to wallop the other day before he hit me.

    Cheeky bugger just came up to me all bare faced and asked if I wanted decking !!

  35. 35
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    Am really pissed off now, I went to the Jobcentre plus this morning and that C*nt Hall had beaten me to it.

  36. 36
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    One of their old boys. Quelle surprise. So Patten can say he’s got a safe hand on the tiller (i.e. business as usual.)

  37. 37
    BBC Pontif - fiddy kiddler says:

    What colour smoke was it?

  38. 38
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Still a blank sheet of (purple) paper:

    http://www.yourbritain.org/

  39. 39
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    With this announcement, it is now official, this country has just become, a third world corruptocracy.

  40. 40
    Al-Beeb spokesperson says:

    What colour smoke ?

    Why PINK of course what else do you expect it to be !!

  41. 41
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    Does that mean she has access to children?

  42. 42
    JH says:

    God, I hope it’s the same design team thwo did Andy Burnham’s party leadership campaign.

  43. 43
    It doesn't add up... says:

    Lord Hall-Hall has some interesting previous:

    Honorary Visiting Fellow of Journalism at City University

    Would that be working for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/news/press_releases/2012/director_general_appointment.html

  44. 44
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    Not Salmon and Cucumber stripy smoke then?

  45. 45
  46. 46
    Mr Frisky says:

    I see he studied PPE at Oxford. Good. We need more Oxford-educated PPE graduates in positions of power.

  47. 47
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    “While there are still very serious questions to be answered by the on-going inquiries, it is in the interests of licence fee payers that the BBC now starts to refocus on its main purpose – making great programmes that audiences love and trust.

    yeah yeah yeah expect a Christmas tribute to George Entwistle, hosted by Alan Yentob…

  48. 48
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Why wasn’t there a ballot of the license fee payers? Same old jobs for the boys. It’s wrong.

  49. 49
    Peter says:

    Don’t forget the peadoes within the B B C

  50. 50
    UKIPForme says:

    He’s screwed before he’s started – simply because they’ve shown their normal arrogant disregard for public opinion, any mistake will be pounced on.

    Wonder what his pension deal is?

  51. 51
    Michael Fucking Parkinson says:

    I sense a comeback, I know I’ll interview Jamie Cullum for Christmas.

  52. 52
    IMHO says:

    Eastenders Special (WW2 unexploded bomb goes off in Albert Square)
    633 Squadron
    The Great Escape
    Mary Poppins
    5,000 ways to cook your xmas dinner
    Sorted.

  53. 53

    …while my mortal remains are carrying on where I stopped – left undisturbed to get stiff in a virgin hole.

  54. 54
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    Chances of seeing this on AlJabeebya are zero

    http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/17967

    Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world.

    Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated “green” energy didn’t cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure. And the U.S. did not go along with the Kyoto Protocol to radically cut CO2 emissions. Instead, the drop came about through market forces and technological advances, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

    Breakthroughs in how natural gas is extracted from underground shale formations were the key factors that led to the reductions, the report said. Natural gas has a low carbon footprint and is widely available in the United States. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to extract it from new areas.

  55. 55
    The Meissen Bison says:

    … who had previously put himself forward for the job, failed and left to go to the Royal Opera House.

  56. 56
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    Jackanory to return, the first guest readers to be David Cameron and George Osborne

  57. 57
    Tony Hall says:

    I will follow George’s great example and not ask anyone anything about anything or anyone.

  58. 58
    Shooty* says:

    I’m just guessing here but… bit of a leftie, perchance?

  59. 59
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    He might be a former BBC employee, but he’s not an ex-Beeboid. Once you’re tainted with Beeboidism, that’s it. You’re a Beeboid for life.

  60. 60
    Col. Nut says:

    It’s a kop out.

  61. 61
    It doesn't add up... says:

    Elevated to the peerage on 19 March 2010 – so Brown appointment?

  62. 62
    MI5 says:

    censoring the word Hamlyn then?

  63. 63
    MI6 says:

    Hamlyn

    Great friend of Robert Maxwell also

  64. 64
    Parky says:

    Do fuck off

  65. 65
    IMHO says:

    Should have made him DG, at least we would all get a free pen.

  66. 66
    Useless Idiot says:

    But has he spoken out against the communist take-over or travelled along with it?

  67. 67
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Alan Bentnob is a fatuous self indulgent lefty, who’s paid shit loads of money to do nothing but swan around asking moronic questions to famous artists, based on his misguided belief that he has an insiders appreciation of contemporary art.

  68. 68
    Sir Dando Tweakeshafte says:

    Keble. Oh Dear.

    Still, one hopes he isn’t another of those frightful Common Porpoises.

    (and to think, for another few pounds we could have had his brother Albert Hall instead…)

  69. 69
    MI6 says:

    O/T but important

    Leveson inquiry to report this month

    And Chilcot still suppressed?

    The mandarins must be doing some serious infighting since most of their reputations wioll be destroyed by Chilcot…

  70. 70
    An Unemployed Hanky says:

    A fellow snot-gobbler.

  71. 71
    Jeremy 'TaxPlan' Paxman says:

    Another biddable time-server then.

  72. 72
    Fat Pang says:

    Who’s George?

  73. 73
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Yeah, but then they might put on a propaganda piece like Gasland to show how fracking is so dangerous and deadly and that the shale deposits are an ecological disaster waiting to happen, frying-pan-to-fire and all that nonsense. King Ludd reigns supreme, his Divine Right coming from Gaia.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Yanks who may be reading. In the UK, everyday is (Jive) Turkey Day, where BBC’ers are concerned.

  74. 74
    Kreatcherr says:

    “yeah yeah yeah expect a Christmas tribute to George Entwistle”

    Unless it gets mysteriously pulled by shadowy editors in the hierarchy at the Beeb!

  75. 75
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    ‘Market forces’ = recession? ;)

    The US is by far the biggest consumer of energy, so if it has ‘reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world’, its simply a matter of scale.

    CO2 per capita may not have been reduced significantly.

    All may of little consequence anyway depending on whether AGW is really significant.

  76. 76
    Lurker says:

    Patten’s tiller? Tell us more!

  77. 77
    The Jury of Public Opinion says:

    What reputations? They have betrayed the country. The only issue these days is the appropriate sentence.

  78. 78
    Lurker says:

    His brother Albert used to post here before the modbot ate him.

  79. 79
    Mad Frankie's Older Sister says:

    Oh dear. Did I miss the advert on that one?

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    How can we keep warm now?

    I hear there is now to be a blanket ban.

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    “BBC now starts to refocus on its main purpose – making great programmes that audiences love and trust”
    The main thrust needs to be planning for future conditional access transmission replacing the current BBC tax.

  82. 82
    Lord Stansted says:

    I’ve always wondered wtf writes wikipedia..

  83. 83
    Kreatcherr says:

    That’s the spirit…..you know it makes sense!

  84. 84
    Lurker says:

    Not so PC that he isn’t enrolled in BUPA, thanks to the mugs who pay their telly tax. Hilarious, the socialist BBC top echelon are too precious to soil themselves with the NHS. Echoes of the Inner Party.

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    surely he must have had a CRB check!!!!!!!

  86. 86
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    No, it’s not recession it’s the difference in energy outputs between gas and coal.

    Although there has a been a massive recession too, people have gone without other things rather than energy.

  87. 87
    Gonk III says:

    Dozens of programmes about Yorkshire.

  88. 88
    Oxbridge PPE graduate says:

    None of us understand these words. We are not technologists.

  89. 89
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    George Entwistle appointed head of Royal Opera

  90. 90
    Wolf says:

    The odd thing is that the green brigade don’t shout that fracing causes earthquakes when they used for geothermal water heating.

  91. 91
    The BBC can suck my says:

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  92. 92
    Lurker says:

    First thing to do — get 3 commercial estate agents in to value Media City.

  93. 93
    LOL says:

    ……..and pay your TV licence

  94. 94
    Lurker says:

    I’m still waiting for my fucking pen.

  95. 95
    Lord Stansted says:

    “married to a headmistress” The caning sort?

  96. 96
    nellnewman says:

    Ex BBC employee – still keeping it all within the family!

  97. 97
    Lurker says:

    It would have been in the Garudian.

  98. 98
    CarryHole is a Hunt says:

    It is reported but as bad news for Gaia!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20002801

    A huge influx of cheap coal from the US, where the discovery of shale gas has provided an even cheaper alternative energy source means that coal has to go somewhere, so it’s exported to Europe.

    Hunts.

  99. 99
    Jeff Green says:

    Birkenhead school was a direct grant school until Crosland and Williams so they went independent ather than end up like crap comprehesives like Park High, Woodchurch High, Birkenhead Institute and Rock Ferry High

    Despite his wife being a head of a private school he profiles as a chapagne socialist

  100. 100
    The BBC are cnuts says:

    Under the new Director General, rewards for failure will continue unabated.

    Tony ‘Liberty’ Hall will be dispensing largesses with unbridled abandon in order to retain and attract loony lefties ‘the best people’ on monster pay packages ( offshore, if ya like, too ).

  101. 101
    Michael Parkinson says:

    I’ve met lots of interesting people.

  102. 102
    Breaking News says:

    Lord McAlpine reaches £125,000 settlement with ITV and Phillip Schofield over This Morning broadcast

  103. 103
    A Day In The Life Of Lennon-McCartney says:

    We read the news today, oh boy.
    A lucky man who made the grade.
    And we ARE sure he’s from the House of Lords.
    How many holes does it take to fill the Tony Hall?

  104. 104
    I was Mandy's gerbil says:

    ‘Troughs under the Hammer’ Has a nice ring to it. Wonder what Lloyd Grossman is upto these, he’s popular with the viewers.

  105. 105
    Greg Dyke says:

    This DG is hideously male innit.

  106. 106
    Hank the Cat says:

    1000 to 1 he is a great friend of Fat Pang

  107. 107
    bergen says:

    It shows how totally out of touch Patten has become. After this morning’s admission that the BBC Trust simply laid down and died rather than take a robust line with Entwistle ,a man who may have been useless at his job but knew the mettle of the spineless creeps he was dealing with, the very last thing needed was the immediate appointment of another ex-insider.

    Even the appearance of a “new broom” would have been something.But no chance.

  108. 108
    nevermind says:

    Beyond Belief Hunts, as Craig Murray calls them, awakening from underneath their Gaza duvet, they now have to be broken up, this perversion of truth and young children can’t be covered up.

  109. 109
    bumboys and nonces says:

    She makes sure that he does his lines.

    That’ll come in handy.

  110. 110
    Archie Bunker says:

    All In The Family?
    Well, guys like Lord Tony Hall (not to be confused with Anthony Michael Hall) STILL have it made.
    THESE are the days!
    And he knows where HE is, then– and goils are goils and men are men; no female DG? It’s the 21st Century already, ferchristssake!

  111. 111
    hatethemhatethemhatethem says:

    I saw him on Newsnight musing on the state of the BBC. All chat about first names, George this, Chris that….and all a load of fucking bollocks.
    Pompous fucking overpaid troughing bullshitting arsehole.

  112. 112
    hatethemhatethemhatethem says:

    hopehe has his will made out

  113. 113
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatist umplre says:

    That tip looks painful.

  114. 114
    ReefKnot says:

    What a missed opportunity to appoint a very real outsider who would come with no lefty baggage. But of course we talk here of the BBC and Patten , who has apparently gone native. So, we are blessed with an ex – head of BBC News and Current Affairs – what better way to ensure that the left-wing/ Guardian agenda continues to be pushed by the biased BBC. Dreadful decision, absolutely dreadful.

  115. 115
    Colonel Madd says:

    No comment on Egon Zehnder having been paid£200,000 to advise on the hiring of Mr Entwistle??????

  116. 116
    Gary Bloke says:

    Let’s hope that he stops newsreaders reading the story as if English were their second language.

  117. 117
    Anonymous says:

    ‘I believe passionately in the BBC, it’s important part of what makes UK what it is’. Lord Hall. Yes, run by the priveliged

  118. 118
    Fact Hunt says:

    Good to see spineless Dave has taken the best opportunity in a generation to sort out the BBC.

    Useless twat.

  119. 119
    An ex TV License Fee Payer says:

    “New Director General of BBC is Lord Tony Hall”

    Shouldn’t the license fee payers have some say on the matter?

  120. 120
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    What’s the Baronial Hall’s known political leanings? I know he has been surrounded by lots of “lovies” for a long time so he is probably another leftie. I seem to recall he has hit the tabloid pages from time to time over his romantic dalliances.

  121. 121
    National Socialist says:

    Apparently he doesn’t start until March. And will he have other jobs as well?

  122. 122
    National Socialist says:

    Who’d want to be the Baron of Birkenhead?

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    Great research!

  124. 124
    genghiz the kahn says:

    F E Smith.

  125. 125
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    There must be someone with an Uzi who’d like to answer that question.

  126. 126
    Tarquin De Vere, Eton and Oxford, currently counting his millions in an offshore tax haven says:

    So pleased to see that the “Old boy network” is still alive and well in modern Britain.
    I was beginning to think we might get some dreadful little oik to run the BBC.
    Well done Dave. By the way do you remember fagging for me at Eton?
    I certainly remember you! Lol

  127. 127
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    I can’t imagine too many bookies quoting you a price about that. Well, not the ones who want to be in business tomorrow, at any rate.

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t think it was. It was always fee paying: one of a couple of places on the Wirral where wealthier parents sent their 11+ failures.

  129. 129
    Al-Beeb spokesperson says:

    Of course thats written in tablets of stone & handed down from on high

    otherwise you will be dragged before the courts especially if you are old

    or trapped in fuel / cost of living poverty

    We will of course continue to waste as much money as we can pursuing

    our designated missions of left wing bias as well as encouraging as much

    EU proliferation leading to total domination by the unelected Brussels Mafia….

    Its what we do !!!

    Now pay up & don’t question anything we do or ELSE !!

  130. 130
    Insider @ No.10 says:

    The release of Leverson on Thurs 29 Nov will be the perfect day to slip out the

    censored details on EU Budget stitch up that CMDDD signed up to

    i.e More UK money for the Brussels mafia lose……

    A perfect Thursday as no will raise any question or will be allowed to…..

    once that Nigel chap has been eased off of the media…….

  131. 131
    restore the monasteries says:

    Over time, Lefties infiltrated Uncle Beeb,and, trashed it…!!!!!!!!!
    A rugged stone grows smooth from hand to hand.

  132. 132
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    It is quite unbelievable isn’t it – they get single mothers on Benefits to pay for their private healthcare.

  133. 133
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    You do have to wonder. Harman on BBC News: ‘He’s an excellent choice’ – said about 10 times in the space of 5 minutes.. so she obviously thinks his loyalties lie to the left. Maybe he’s one of those Common Purpose chappies, like Patten?

  134. 134
    Pip Skweeq says:

    Is he related to another ancient BBC stalwart , Henry?

  135. 135
    expat says:

    If you watch the BBC World TV news, it probably is anyway! Vell, vell, vell, goodness gracious me!

  136. 136
    restore the monasteries says:

    Back in the day,when the license fee was £15 or so,i used to be able to watch England playing cricket,England playing rugby,England playing football and F1.Now the license fee is £145 or so,why can i not see all our international games.??. (i know why really).

    In the kingdom of a cheater,the wallet is carried before.

  137. 137
    Hall aboard says:

    I knew his brother Albert. Lived somewhere in Kensington, used to drive a Vaux, but otherwise knew absolutely f**

  138. 138
    Hall aboard says:

    Hall aboard says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    November 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I knew his brother Albert. Lived somewhere in Kensington, used to dr**ve a Vaux, but otherwise knew absolutely f**

    Must learn how to control one of these vehicular contraptions better.

  139. 139
    Hall aboard says:

    Not a commie, but a fully paid up lefty luvvie.

  140. 140
    Songs for the BBC Management says:

    All You Need is Cash
    Governor Patten’s All-Out Troughing Band
    Baby You Can Drive My Porsche
    I Feel Fine (But if I don’t I’ve got a Private Health Plan paid for by the TV Licence Payers)
    Being for the Benefit of Mr Entwistle.

  141. 141
    Al-Beeb's Ruling Elite says:

    What do you think this is Democracy ??

    This has never happened @ B B C & will never be allowed to happen

    End of !!!

    Have you paid for next years TV Licence IF not why NOT ?

    for the Privilege of being allowed to look at the B B C biased output……

    we know where your hovel is located or else !!

  142. 142
    dunstall says:

    Patten has always been native! a wet promoted beyond his ability by Major and it didnt take the Chinese long to sort him out.The BBC should be subscription only and those who want to watch or listen can pay the instead of the tax we all pay now

  143. 143
    dunstall says:

    was Lord Hall one of them?

  144. 144
    Al-Beeb's Ruling Elite says:

    Its what we do…….

    But make 1000% sure you have paid your extortion money

    aka TV Licence WITHOUT fail otherwise we will be round to see you

  145. 145
    dunstall says:

    and we would have got to meet many interesting people to boot!!!

  146. 146
    question number 1 says:

    Mr Hall,
    What did you know of the Jimmy Saville allegations in your decades with the BBC?

  147. 147
    pigface says:

    Get your hands out of your pockets, Patten, you slovenly troughing Hunt

  148. 148
    dunstall says:

    As a natural conservative fiscally and socially i despair at the way in which this country continues its economic social and moral decline and this appointment just about sums it up and how powerless we all are whats the point?

  149. 149
    BBC are buggered says:

    The Ent has defended his honorable demand for extortionate payout for failure…” I was honorable in my failure, I kept my dignity by demanding the patsy Patten agreed I was honorably discharged, for failure, and as you will have noticed he repeatedly said I was honorable, as I demanded.
    Now let me get on with my honorable life, I can afford special medical treatment (foot massages etc to relieve my stress), I am getting honorably paid for being a news worthy item, I am covered for any legal expenses I may have to incur as the result of my honorable failure. I’m all right you dishonorable plebs.”

  150. 150
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Queen Street says:

    I am please to announce that this has been a successful appointment implemented through Grand Lodge. Lord Hunt, a 33 degree Royal Arch Freemason, has been appointed by Lord Patten, a fellow 33 degree Royal Arch Freemason, as Director General of the BBC. Jahbulon.

  151. 151
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Jahbulon your Royal Highness. Boaz.

  152. 152
    lojolondon says:

    I thought you’d enjoy this quote from the BBC regarding the new Director General –

    “He is an outsider – as Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, said he wanted – but he also worked at the BBC for many years, latterly as director of BBC News, where he launched Radio 5 live and the BBC News Channel.”

    A strange perspective on ‘an outsider’, eh??

  153. 153
    Byeeeeee says:

    he’s only there to close them down.

  154. 154
    Toad Hall says:

    ” It’s Tony Hall,
    or Baron Hall of
    Birkenhead to his friends.”

    It is an overpaid, useless arsehole to the rest of us.

  155. 155
  156. 156
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Full marks to Eddie Mair for putting that smug incompetent Lord Patten on the ropes on PM. Seldom can he have had such an uncomfortable interview, and it showed,

  157. 157
    Fishy says:

    …or Lenny the Lion?

  158. 158
    Anon says:

    At least in the Wirral, you can still sit the 11+

  159. 159
    Jagbulon says:

    Presumably a leather apron owner.
    Extending the parallel power structure in our society.

  160. 160
    Hong Kong Phooey says:

    Dame Pattern is a cry baby!

  161. 161
    Marion the cat says:

    and check out the ‘unbiased’ view and basic selection of folk who have written on today’s BBC website on the subject of UKs role in the EU. Strangely everybody on Earth (who are represented) KNOW that the UK will be far worse off out. If I see this regurgitated crap much more I will vomit.

    But given the unique funding (read blackmail) of the BBC, who can afford a better more informative website. Sorry Guido.

  162. 162
    It doesn't add up... says:

    Wrong. China consumes more energy than the USA. Of course, the greenies like to forget about that too, because over 70% of it is coal, making China by some margin also the largest emitter of GHGs – it accounts for over 25% of the global total.

    Meantime, quite uniquely, the UK has almost exactly the same energy consumption it did in 1965, despite the population increase.

  163. 163
    Barney Trouble says:

    At least we get rid of that hapless and tieless wonder weasel

  164. 164
    Kill Bill Tarney says:

    about as much impact as a mild cheddar. I’d even go as far as to say a young edam without the rind

  165. 165
    Dame Barbara Cartland's budgie says:

    Acting DG….part of the world class team for a world class organization…you’re having a laugh mockney rebel

  166. 166
    J Middleton says:

    Conprehensive educated? No!

    Comprehnesive educated? More than likely not.

    Comprehensive and Common Purpose alum? More likely than the above choices.

  167. 167
    J Middleton says:

    The wrong people were in charge.


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