September 10th, 2013

New Newsnight Boss Apologises for Twitter Blunder
Ian Katz “Boring Snoring” Rachel Reeves Direct Message #Fail

As if that Huhne interview wasn’t bad enough, now new Newsnight editor Ian Katz has failed in his attempt to send a private direct message on Twitter. Just days into his new job, the former Guardian deputy editor accidentally published his candid thoughts, before swiftly deleting the tweet:

He shared his thoughts with his 26,000 followers…

Pic via @jamesmanning4



  1. 1
    Stolen innocence 2012 of United Wheeldom says:

    Reblogged this on stoleninnocence2012's Blog.

  2. 2
    Tachybaptus says:

    Too late, the Katz out of the bag.

  3. 3
    Right Full Rudder says:

    So is he a whoopsie or is that just how all North London media folk talk?

  4. 4
    Tron says:

    Rachel Reeves has got the voice of Bernard Bresslaw from the Carry On films.

  5. 5
    Bernard Bresslaw says:

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  6. 6
    Cupid Stunt says:

    Here in the U.S., the locals swear by the drug Ambien to send them to sleep – I merely look up a Rachel Reeves interview on YouTube. Works every time . . .

  7. 7
    Tachybaptus says:

    But doesn’t that make you dream about her? Aargh.

  8. 8
    Rusty Lee says:

    Nice mullet… now which of you boys want some Jerk chicken?

  9. 9
    Ambien-t Noise says:

    Ambien is reputed to have been a factor in several incidents in which people have been seriously injured whilst sleepwalking, when under its influence.

    Might explain Katz’s actions in that particular train wreck he got himself involved in, of even having Foghorn Leg-Hen on the broadcast in the first place, and then sending a Tweet, in place of a text message, about it— he’s on Ambien! How else to explain it?

  10. 10
    Jackson Tosh says:


  11. 11
    Lord Fatten says:

    Only gayers allowed at my BBC

  12. 12
    Lee raistrick says:

    He is right though.

  13. 13
  14. 14
    Katz out of the bag says:

    He’s right. Rachel Reeves has a droning voice, like a distressed Roland Rat. Watch her get slaughtered by Andrew Neil.

    If she’s Labour’s rising star then it says plenty about the crop of talent alongside Ed Moribund

  15. 15

    Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.

    Reeves Katz is a co-operative business incorporated in South Africa on February 12, 2009. The activity is registered as credit administrators. It is not part of a group. The company has no filed accounts.

    Dealing in financial incontinence…


  16. 16
    Racey Spigot says:

    Just goes to show the BBC say one thing in public and another in private.

    But Katz is right, Reeves is a very boring person. She makes Alastair Darling look vibrant.

  17. 17

    Judge Jeanine Pirro questions Obama:

    …why for two years, did the United States and the world stand silent as the civil war unfolded in Syria? Well over 100,000 casualties: women and children. Victims of bombings, shootings, missile attacks, executions, dismemberment, and decapitation.

    …why is killing one way more heinous and worthy of our response than another?

    …if you didn’t draw a red line, why are we going in?

    But I got to give you one… You’re right. Your credibility is not on the line. With all due respect, Mr. President, you have no credibility.

    You lost credibility when you left Americans on that rooftop in Benghazi, but fired up Air Force One to go to your Las Vegas fundraiser. That was a clear signal to the world that it’s open season on Americans – even including an ambassador!

    …you don’t even take care of the vets when they come home…

    The rebels you want to support are Al Qaeda – you remember them, they took down the World Trade Center a few blocks from here, Ansar al Sharia (you remember them, they massacred four Americans in Benghazi), and the Muslim Brotherhood (you remember them, you threw our friend Mubarak under the bus for them, and it’s since worked out so well in Egypt.)

    …didn’t you get elected as an anti-war president? Didn’t you vote against the last war in Iraq?

    …didn’t you win the Nobel Peace Prize? Yeah, you’re the one. Give it back!!

    Is politics so much a part of your calculus that it’s all about you?

    In full here:


  18. 18
    a non says:

    Prettier to look at than Jon Stewart. Makes good points.
    Must admit Americans from Presidents to News bradcasters can read Idiot Boards- Teleprompters, really well.

  19. 19
    C.O.Jones says:

    Pity we do not have people of this calibre in the UK. Outspoken, factual and to the point.

    Maybe we do and maybe they are kept from the public by a biased media.

  20. 20
    Johnny Norfolk says:

    To think people like this have the jobs they have. No wonder the BBC is going down the pan. Its totaly out of control. Just like this guy.

  21. 21
    Lord Rennard says:

    I’d rather shag Bernard Breslaw

  22. 22
    Man from the street says:

    Interesting fact, Rusty Lee is a Ukipper.

  23. 23
    Obviously says:

    Twitter is for tw@ts.

  24. 24
    Bashar al-Assad says:

    At last, the UN have put Asma’s Amex Platinum Card ‘beyond use’. A llah be praised!

  25. 25
    publius dubius says:

    yeh but u werk at BBC innit

  26. 26
    Scrap the BBC Tax says:

    Whining whining whining
    Get them lefties whining
    Whining whining whining
    Wind ‘em up
    Shut ‘em down
    Shut ‘em down
    Wind ‘em up
    Shut ‘em down re…..tard

  27. 27
    Village Idiot says:

    ….(Rusty)…..Should be a laugh?

  28. 28
    reblog this mofo says:

    Can’t think of anything yourself?

  29. 29
    Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

    We support benefit addicts because we suck from the same tit.

  30. 30
    Dreary people says:

    How damned rude of him to be accurate about her.

  31. 31
    Sir William Waid says:

    Mr Katz comes across as a naughty boy with a new toy. “Look, Mum, I’m doing telly!”

  32. 32
    Our Foreign Correspondent says:

    Good to see Sergei Lavrov running rings around over-promoted schoolboys Hague and Kerry.

  33. 33
    Ed Balls says:

    I have twice been proved a dunce at economics and it is time for me to choose a new career.

  34. 34
    Ma­qboul says:

    Would Katzo have thought it worth apologising for if he had not been caught? Would he bollocks.

  35. 35
    Ma­qboul says:

    We don’t get a copy of Pravda out here.

  36. 36
    Dirka dirka says:

    Hunt not Katz

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Surely this is a “twatwatch”?

  38. 38
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    Today I shall only eat food beginning with the letter ‘Q’. Quite hungry already.

  39. 39
    no more money says:

    Isn’t he married to the mumsnet harpie?

  40. 40
    Justine says:

    Putting the cat back in the bag is much easier than “humanising” my husband.

  41. 41
    Chris Cross Patten says:

    Pay him off.

  42. 42
    FFS says:

    I’d be more concerned that someone that is editor of an allegedly “high-brow” news programme is expressing himself like a 14 year old from Tower Hamlets.

    It seems that the left, having lost the intellectual argument three decades ago, is now having to recruit the dimmest of people to fill their sinecures at the BBC.

  43. 43
    Banned says:

    Can one make an FOI request to view private tweets by BBC staff? It might be interesting to see all the other little comments these scumbags fire off

  44. 44
    Tin-Tin says:

    Have some Quiche.

  45. 45
    InOutplease says:

    He’s not wrong though

  46. 46
    This Fatt'un says:

    Today I shall be using my four hour lunch to celebrate my triumph before MPs yesterday.

  47. 47
    default prat says:

    I agree.
    It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad
    that a once respected programme is
    being edited by Kevin the Teenager.

  48. 48
    Keep Up says:


  49. 49
    BBC exec says:

    Don’t forget to put it on ex’s.

  50. 50
    The EU is croques (de merde) monsieur says:


    Quorn and chips

    Quince pie

  51. 51
    Whiffler says:

    Sorry, but who is DM ?

  52. 52

    Would some please translate it into english for me

  53. 53
    The BBC's Salford Failure says:

    Mr Katz is right.

    It was silly to have invited Reeves onto the show as her voice is enough to make people reach for the remote.

  54. 54
    Ma­qboul says:

    Economics Minister for the EU ?

  55. 55
    Daily Express says:

    SAS fail to murder Helen Flanagan ( who she )

  56. 56
    Not fogetting says:

    Quality Street

  57. 57
    Err says:

    Nor the whole human race, including Brown and Balls

  58. 58
    I d on't n eed no d octor says:

    Labour female MPs really do grate. Harman, Reeves, Cooper, Flint, Abbott, Eagle, are all arrogant whingers with monotone boring voices.
    Harman – idiot.
    Reeves – idiot.
    Cooper – insincere, false.
    Flint – arrogant and loud mouthed.
    Abbott – completely stupid. On the daily politics yesterday – why did keep laughing after everything she said.
    Eagle – false, childish.

  59. 59
    Point of Information 5 says:

    Broadcast media is not ‘free’ in the UK.

    Pirro herself is of Cathol!c L3banese descent, and dropped out of the Senate race as potential Republican candidate after it was clear Cl!nton was going to win back in 2005.

    She certainly has several VIs here, and the Republican’s will be scenting Obama now.

    People of this caliber do exist in the UK but are generally written off as being ‘far right’ or ‘nut jobs’ by the dominant left influence that exists in UK media, and/or are simply censored.

  60. 60
    Ed Balls says:

    Possibly, but still wondering why the Greeks didn’t call on me.

  61. 61
    Diawl says:

    RIP Newsnight – I agree with him on Reeves ( who is married to a Treasury official I believe) her voice is grating, but I would not tell her so. When will these idiots realise that the use of twitter is no better than screaming the same sentiment across a crowded room or worse. I am sad if the paper headlines are gone though.

  62. 62
    Well I never, but they did says:

    For an inconsequential people on some little islands on the edge of Europe, we seem to have done what our gt,gt,gt, gran-dads did in their time, change the worlds so called leaders tune on intervening in a civil war that’s none of our business, I wonder how many back handers will have to be given back if the Russians kick in the ar$e works on the Kenyan.

  63. 63
    OMG says:

    Fire Brigades to stage walk out on Guy Fawkes”””””” night.

    Maybe this time…

  64. 64
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    Why bother ?

    Tweet above is enough to impute what the culture is like across the organization internally.

    Select committee performance yesterday reinforces this.

    Quality of output more than confirms.

    Issues such as Jimmy Savile and the other cases of institutionalized child abuse which was happening on BBC premises funded by license fee seals the deal.

    For good measure, the BBC is in receipt of EU funding for this as well.

  65. 65
    Frooty says:

    Have some Quinces.

  66. 66
    Schrödinger's Katz says:

    Thanks, except for boring snoring SC, playout was fun tho ? Much better than drowning kittens in a sack, innit ? ** innocent face **

  67. 67
    wanna get 'em says:

    “Why bother ?”

    Because there is a good chance they are breaking the BBC contract with the public to be impartial in return for £3.7 billion per annum. There is also a good chance they are being libellous.

    To hold them to account and then take them down.

  68. 68
    Schrödinger's Katz says:

    Oh sh!t, this is public? Right: Made very mong like post referring to SC. Oh well, BBC won’t do jack. Pass the coke. ** snow nose **

  69. 69

    You make several good points here. I do not remotely try to claim this status for myself but I found that the UK was far too constricting for someone of my views.

    Part of my reason for leaving was to be able to reclaim my own mind and to assert my ability to express it freely.


  70. 70
    Flint, Keeef says:

    Why? Do they want to retire by the age of 35?

  71. 71
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    Stop watching them, discontinue paying license fee.

    Whilst you are right in spirit, if dealing with a state broadcaster, even if successful it will not change anything.

    Expunging the influence of the BBC from your daily experience is a much better use of energy at the individual level. After a few weeks one will find oneself thinking much more clearly and rationally.

  72. 72
    JH32984092385-230 says:

    Christ, talk about North-London-media-set Royalty.

    I see he has gone for the open-necked-shirt standard uniform of those promoted staggeringly beyond their competency, to be masked by the standard self-congratulatory coterie of shrill, smug pod-people braying insincere horseshit at each other.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    20k followers. Kidding?

  74. 74

    Truly, you are an invention of the devil! :-)


  75. 75
    MPs and phones u hate says:

    What do you mean reach for the remote, when she came on, it was faster to go for the on/off switch, which I did, seems strange talking to people, will have to do what all the other idiots do as they cross the road or bump into you on the pavement, buy an Ipad and learn how to text people.

  76. 76

    You pay me half a million , i pay you half a million Fuck the public , it’s our money to spend as we choose

  77. 77
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Come on Guido, it’s time to do a titty watch thread on the deliciously MILFy mammaries of Julia Hartley Brewer ;-)

    No one falls asleep when she’s on TV.

  78. 78
    The Men in White Coats says:

    Quaker Oats for you, Gordon. Your favourite!

  79. 79
    chief cook and bottlewasher says:

    Large Gin and Quinine water.
    Queen scallops.
    Quahog Clams with herb Quenelles.

  80. 80
    Little Boy Blue says:

    Andrew Windsor tells police to “fuck off” and gets an apology.
    Andrew Mitchell calls police plebs ( possibly ) and is forced out of a job.

    One rules for us, and another rule for us.

  81. 81
    Julia Hartley-Brewer says:

    - please

  82. 82
    Casual Observer says:

    Yet to be conclusively proven, but absolutely spot on.

    If Put!n had made the remarks attributed that ‘no one listens to the UK’ (very much more likely to be from European source, as this is the EU meme), then he also is proven very wrong.

    One should not go OTT though. As Miliband is learning, such victories can be pyrrhic, and in any case the UKs decision was rooted more in domestic partisan politics than righteous view of government.

    Cameron should have kept quiet and spun for the latter, using the Parliament decision as a shield from criticism.

    But he has already messed that simple task up also.

  83. 83
    Gordon says:

    Because I got there first.

  84. 84
    Gordon says:

    That sounds nice…what exactly is Quim?

  85. 85
    Maximus says:

    Your are correct. The Bullshit Broadcasting Cokeheads do not want to hear from you unless you are prepared to say what they want you to say on whatever topic has caught some editor’s whim that day. The positions are all pre-prepared — they neither understand nor can accommodate anything outside their black and white box. Nothing else is allowed or tolerated. When you are on the BBC you are just a cipher, their glove puppet. This goes beyond left/right politics. It is not journalism, but exhibitionistic narcissism.

  86. 86
    Yvette Tinkerbell says:

    On those ratings I came out quite well.

  87. 87
    JH32984092385-230 says:

    Maybe someone should set fire to the pool tables at some fire stations and see if they turn up to put that out.

    There are not many fires these days FFS. If you don’t want to do the job, don’t do the job.

  88. 88
    Maximus says:

    Juggling. Preferably at home.

  89. 89
    Check Facts First says:

    Why apologise for being honest about this woman who is a right pain in the arse.

  90. 90
    God says:

    Sorry, Justine. I knew there was someone I had meant to breathe life into but forgot. What compensation would you require?

  91. 91
    (Greater) Mark ex of the Beast Bolshevist Cabal says:

    Evidently not a team player. Did we not have him on a probationary contract?

  92. 92
    Intent Observer says:


  93. 93
    Point of Information 5 says:

    I think you have found a good outlet as others have in the ‘blogosphere’.

    From the trolling you receive it would appear that some have a problem with your expression that intellectual advancement can be done by the individual on their own terms. I say this as much of your commentary is enlightened, relatively apolitical, yet ridiculed to discredit and distract others from the point.

    One would have thought that the UK would be a large enough market to cater for some programming output that caters for less populist and more critical viewers.

    The psuedo-intellectual pulp which the BBC pump out does not qualify. (The last honest effort died with Patr!ck M0ore)

    That it has not emerged means that either the UK is terminally retarded (incredible) or there is a form of active censorship in place.

    The US shows like Pirro are good, but it is worth being aware of the background. ‘Radical’ talk like this is also the key way for her to capture attention and keep people watching.

    US TV is a ratings battlefield, but has a lesser impact on US opinion compared to the internet these days.

    Some others may point out the subtlety of actual Judges presenting popular TV shows. It is a good way to socialize and sell the non criminal side of the legal system to the masses.

  94. 94
    Dr Evil says:

    Why do these idiots persist in using Twitter? It seems to be incredibly gaffe prone. Not only that, many users do not understand how to use it! He deserved both barrels from Labour even if he’s ex Graun and no doubt a lefty as much as the BBC is. And it’s not called Tawtter for nothing.

  95. 95
    Rob says:

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds.

  96. 96
    Labour Wanker says:

    Of course, had it been a boring Tory interviewee Guardrianista Katz would never
    have tweeted the exact same thing. No sir, for it is well known Guardianistas love the Tories.

  97. 97
    Fishy says:

    Ex of HBOS. Tells you all you need to know.

  98. 98
    A suggestion says:

    Column at the Guardian?

  99. 99
    liberal engineering says:

    Rachel Reeves is fucking boring. Another socialist hand wringer struck with perennial envy.

  100. 100
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Couldn’t be more blatant, could it? New BBC Newsnight Editor is ex-Guardian News Editor.

    And they keep on saying there’s no political bias in BBC news.

  101. 101
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    And who gave the go ahead for that then? Surely not the Editor, Mr Katz?

  102. 102
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Doesn’t this just show how shallow Katz is? He’s in charge of a programme of supposedly serious political debate, she is giving serious answers to serious questions, and all he’s bothered about is the tone of her voice putting viewers off? Absolutely pathetic. One also wonders if it’s also just thinly-veiled snobbery on his part on account of her accent.

  103. 103
    Dame Diane says:

    Why doesn’t the BBC simply announce its current affairs programmes as “Produced by the left leaning BBC”? It always makes the announcement for ‘right leaning’ think tanks and the like.

  104. 104
    Cupid Stunt says:

    As long as they’re not wet dreams, I can cope.

  105. 105
    Whiffler says:

    But who the Fcuk is DM ? (as mentioned in apologetic (?!) tweet.

    Apparently it’s alright to send to him/her/them – and everyone accepts it without demur.

  106. 106
    Bob the Builder says:

    What Ms Reeves simply fails to understand is that it costs £100 per square foot to build a house. An affordable family home of 1000 sq ft therefore costs £100,000 to build, without land or profit. The big boys might do it cheaper but not by much.

    She thinks you can build a house for 30 grand…ROFL! Does she know how much a kitchen, glazing, bathroom or roof tiles costs?

    Brillo presses her on it a bit but he can’t bring himself to put the knife in. Or he can’t get a word in edgeways, with her being such a robot.

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