July 4th, 2014

RUMOUR: BBC’s James Harding to Replace FT’s Lionel Barber


Could Lionel Barber be on his way out as editor of the Financial Times? MediaGuido heard a rumour doing the rounds of the metropolitan elite’s cocktail party circuit that the former Times editor turned BBC head of news, James Harding, is being lined up as a potential replacement at the Pink’un.

Might Harding be moving back to print after less than a year at the Beeb?


  1. 1
    Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

    Soon there will only be one paper in the UK, the EU Herald.


  2. 3
    City-AM says:

    Well there’s a fucking surprise – these day’s the FT is simply the BBC in print.


    • 5
      FT tells BBC or Visa Versa says:

      I tell you what, I’ll swap your neo-liberal socialist for mine.


    • 12
      A normal person says:

      Has been for ages. FT is the establishment paper. Loved new liebore. Loved them!! Probably still missing phoney Tony and the ‘laissez-faire’ clique.

      The ones who decided to regulate the fuck out of ordinary people with smoking bans and CRBs and such, but let business and banking write its own rules.


    • 33
      F##k the LibLabCon says:

      The FT was taken over years ago.


  3. 4
    Oxfam says:

    Evil Tory bastards.


  4. 5
    Viperous Old Vince says:

    Lying Bastard ?? Is he a LibDem ?


  5. 8
    FT says:

    No comment.


  6. 9
    Stephen Sakur, BBC's Hardtalk says:

    The FT publisher probably won’t have to face a grilling about Harding’s support for Israel like the kind I gave Chris Patton when Harding was first brought over here.


  7. 10
    Shitbag Sanders says:

    Who gives a fuck about what lying government sponsored vulture goes to work for what lying government sponsored mouthpiece? Only the fucking tards in god awful sounding London cock sucking circumcised circuit.


  8. 14

    Of course, the Wall Street Journal is much nicer, with its white paper and classy, Ivy League typography.


  9. 15
    tories are cunts says:

    now that Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris are in gaol does that mean we have sorted out all the child abusers??? All is okay now???? I know, let’s ask Leon …….


  10. 18
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    Dear Google,

    Please remove all worldwide links to Rolf Harris, Jimmy Saville, Stuart Hall, Animal Hospital, Jim’ll fix it..Children in need, Top of the pops, Great Ormond Street charity fundraisers and Its a Knockout.

    All these programs and people were from long ago in the 70’s and 80’s and the right to hide the crimes of the guilty need to be protected.

    Thank you European court of Human rights!
    You’ve been invaluable!


    • 20
      duty pedant says:

      programmes, even on the 4th of July.


    • 21
      BBC Spokesperson says:

      These people never existed. It’s a UKIP plot designed to hide global warming. The BBC is committed to impartial and unbiased reporting. Now pay up.


    • 28
      Idon'tneednodoctor says:

      The BBC’s Jimmy Savile.
      The BBC’s Stuart Hall.
      The BBC’s Rolf Harris.

      Why does the BBC blatantly distance itself from the above, yet the BBC vilified Lord McAlpine. A picture is emerging!


      • 53
        BBC Thought Police says:

        Fuck off racist!


      • 104
        Can you guess who gave him his honour yet? says:

        And it was Maggie who gave him a knighthood despite being warned on 5 occasions by her advisers about him.


  11. 24
    David Cameron's Nonces Charter says:

    Funny how Dave conflates paedo investigation into persecution of the gay community. Note to tories; gay people don’t abuse children, paedophiles do.


  12. 26
    Persona Non Grata says:

    Hiding something?


  13. 27
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    I haven’t heard any rumours, sorry about that.


  14. 31
    Chuka says:

    Best wishes to my buddy and protégé, Barrack Omaha, on Independence Day.


  15. 34
    Raptor says:

    The Financial Times sells — mainly through company subscriptions — on its market reports and share listings. Editorially, it might as well be the Guardian.

    An ex-BBC type will find it home from home.


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    Leon of Great Brittan says:

    I did not know anything, I did not see anything , I was not there.
    Fuck you.


  19. 41
    LOL says:

    France 0-1 Germany


  20. 42
    The British media are cunts says:

    Just imagine how fucking mental Muslims would be if they drank,


    • 50
      BBC Thought Police says:



    • 62
      fitzfitz says:

      … they certainly do in First on the way back here from the Gulf …


    • 140
      The British media need glasses says:

      The British media needs to get himself out a lot more! The local normal practising mozzy may prefer not to take alcohol, but those at the tops of the trees are right fucking pissheads. Fact!


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  23. 55
    Jonathan says:

    The Metropolitan Elite? What utter bollocks. Most people haven’t even heard of these individuals.


    • 141
      Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

      … which is precisely the way they like it. However, it does seem that the odd stone is now being turned to reveal a lot of deeply festering shit beneath. Lots more daylight is needed in these areas.


  24. 57
    Hang 'em all! says:


  25. 59
    fitzfitz says:

    Its all part of the Duncan Terrace strategy to –


  26. 61
    Media Scum protecting a pervert in their own interest. says:

    BBC scum!


  27. 66
    Harrison? says:


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    • 72
      Michael Gove, the biggest cunt in Britain's history, says:

      As any intelligent person will tell you, multiculturalism is wonderful. Only cretins don’t like multiculturalism and mass immigration.

      Vote Tory for more Sharia and multiculturalism.


    • 135
      BBC Editorial Dept. says:

      It’s Bush’s fault! No, hang on…. It’s Israel’s fault!


  29. 73
    Nuckfuts McGibbons says:

    Well fucking said that man, keep an eye out for some BIG distraction story on Monday. It will be big because if the whole noncing scandal is allowed to break it will bring down not just the scum in parliament but the fucking inbreeds in the palace and the palaces across Europe too. Phillip and Charlie are as fucking guilty as the despicable slimy four by two Lord Leon.


  30. 74
    And How is Filming the Plod going to build up "trust"? A war more like says:


  31. 78
    Anonymous says:

    Amazing how these insider move from job to job, pension to pension and a quango chair at thje end. Very cosy. Must be nioce if you can get it.

    Rent seeking?


  32. 85
    Rolferoo says:

    All together now:

    Tie a 9 year old down, sport
    Tie a 9 year old down


  33. 86
    M(.)rningt(.)n Crescent says:

    Christ, they both look like a couple of nonces – especially ‘im on the left.

    Ah, the Pink ‘un: proven totally and abjectly wrong on absolutely everything relating to the economy and Europe for the last 20 years.

    Who the ‘ell reads that rag these days?


  34. 87
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    What i don’t understand in Rolf Harris’s sentencing is all this “sentences running concurrently”.

    If you commit a number of crimes then surely you should serve a total sentence equal to each of the sentences added together.


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      uaf says:



    • 133
      Judges needs to spit it out says:

      He will be sleeping half the time.
      Shitting and peeing twenty minutes a day
      Walking around about One hour a day
      Eating and snacking adds up to two hours a day.

      without considering anything else five years and nine months should equate to hours in jail awake and not taken up for wasteful routines enjoyed outside.

      Every day would use up ONLY ten hours of the sentence.


  35. 95
    Field Marshal Rt Hon Iain Dunning Kruger MP says:

    My Government is dismayed at today’s court ruling striking down our retrospective legislation overturning the previous court ruling. We shall immediately table legislation in order retrospectively to make retrospective legislation legal.


    • 123
      The Rt Hon FDR says:

      My Government shall introduce retrospective legislation requiring all receivers of benefits over the last 21 years to prove they did not have alternative savings, had not work undeclared or receive support from friends and family.

      Exceptions to the Law are:
      This does not apply to Iain Duncan Smith wife Betty.


    • 132
      On appointment of Raven as shadow to DWP minister says:

      Ed Miliband to Rachel Reeves.

      Duncan Smith shall remain minister for DWP until January 2015.
      He is our trump election loser card.

      He must remain regardless of the agony, pain and misery he causes to those who are vulnerable with no voice.

      Our aim is to have him removed months before the election. Hold back. Up to this point we shall be collecting a massive collection of misdeeds by Duncan Smith department which every election candidate shall have and use.


  36. 97
    Scotland the bribed says:

    A tune for Scotlands 57% who poll NO, I wanna hold your hand a song the Scots will sing to the English when they vote NO in September , how embarrassing.


    • 101
      baa baa says:



    • 102
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      The YES campaign in Scotland just need to bang on, day in day out, between now and September, that an independent Scotland will never have to suffer rule by a Tory government from London (Thatcher 80s,Cameron today) that a majority of Scots didn’t vote for and they’ll win the referendum with a landslide.

      The NO camp can’t promise no more Tory rule for Scotland, only the YES to independence camp can.


      Liked by 1 person

      • 108
        Scotland the bribed says:

        If the Scots vote NO, never again will the English have to listen to the moan about home rule for Scotland, or hear Scotland the the brave, all they can sing to the English will be a Beatles song I wanna hold your hand, you can have your kilts on with no underpants but no Englishman will believe the Scots again.


        • 124
          point of order says:

          Are not the Scottish confused over what they are voting for. The real vote should be “do they wish to ruled from Edinburgh or not”


      • 119
        Fuck off Jockland you ungrateful parasitic filth says:

        Freedom from the bastard English bastards who bailed Jockland out 300 years and and who bailed Jockland out in 2009. Freedom from the Ingerlish bastards who subsidise the inbred Jockanese parasites year after fucking year.

        Please: Jockanese Hunts, please: we aren’t allowed to vote “fuck off your parasitic Kockanese parasites”, so please vote for Independence on our behalf. Fuck off, goodbye, don’t even think about begging to come back.

        Jockland and it’s inbred mong population = Hunts. Fuck off. That’s all there is to it.


  37. 100
    Hoots! It's Clown says:

    Urgent! The polis are at the door. Anyone know if felc hing in a naval dockyard is still a hanging offence?


  38. 103
    The LibLabCon Cast Iron Guarantee says:

    A referendum will be held if there is a transfer of powers to the EU ?

    Call me old fashioned but I would hold the referendum before, not after.


  39. 106
    Viperous Old Vince says:


  40. 110

    The FT is less relevant to Britain than the Beano was at its worst.


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    Banana Monkey says:


  42. 129
    insider says:

    If James Harding becomes editor, then Gillian Tett leaves. A pity, ’cause she should get the top job.


  43. 137

    EU: Say No to Habsburg 2.0 – Vote UKIP:

    Vote UKIP :-D


  44. 145

    Jumping ships from the BBC? What about the pensions? What about the tax payer funded boozing and shmoozing?


  45. 146
    Anonymous says:

    “moving back to print after less than a year at the Beeb?”
    The way things are going, perhaps some sort of media merger is in the offing.


  46. 148
    Border Terrier says:

    Lionel Barber is doing a good job as editor of the only quality paper left in the UK.

    Pretty sure that James Harding, who worked at the FT in the past, would do a good job too.

    Non story Guido for all the goons on here.


  47. 150
    angieteuton says:

    hello boys


  48. 151

    really , WTF cares


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