Clarkson Out: Buy ITV Shares

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Statement from Tony Hall:

It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.

I am grateful to Ken MacQuarrie for the thorough way he has conducted an investigation of the incident on 4th March. Given the obvious and very genuine public interest in this I am publishing the findings of his report. I take no pleasure in doing so. I am only making them public so people can better understand the background. I know how popular the programme is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved.

I want to make three points.

First – The BBC is a broad church. Our strength in many ways lies in that diversity. We need distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect. I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff – who is a completely innocent party – took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.

Second – This has obviously been difficult for everyone involved but in particular for Oisin. I want to make clear that no blame attaches to him for this incident. He has behaved with huge integrity throughout. As a senior producer at the BBC he will continue to have an important role within the organisation in the future.

Third – Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.

The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise. I have asked Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programmes in the current series.

Sad day for Top Gear fans, BBC licence fee payers and the 1,033,933 who signed the petition to reinstate Jeremy. No doubt his enemies within the BBC will be cheering that they have finally found an excuse to get rid of him. Lentils all round.

City brokers Liberium say “Buy ITV” shares and are projecting a billion pound rise in ITV’s value:

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Boom!

Cam Slums It in Commons Canteen Post-PMQs

Making a change from his usual post-PMQs roast beef and claret in the Members’ Dining Room, Dave took Sam and the kids to the Commons canteen for lunch today. Looks like Nancy has ended her Clarkson hunger strike too. Didn’t daddy do them proud?

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Two-Faced Chuka Refuses to Rule Out Toxic ‘Jobs Tax’

That sound you can hear is Labour pulping thousands of their Tory VAT leaflets. They won’t be using yesterday’s attack ad again either, which bashed current and former Tory chancellors for saying they had “no plans” to raise VAT, then going back on their word. “No plans” was the key sound-bite. 

24 hours later, on the pre-PMQs Daily Politics, when asked to rule out a rise in National Insurance, two-faced Chuka Umunna used the exact same choice of words:

“We’ve got absolutely no plans to do so.”

Will Labour rule out the the toxic branded ‘tax on jobs’ or do they just have “no plans” to do so?

Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise in PMQs Miliband Mauling

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Save Ed…

Final PMQs LIVE: Who is Asking the Questions

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Ann McKechin (Glasgow North)

Q2 Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border)

Q3 Simon Wright (Norwich South) 

Q4 Simon Danczuk (Rochdale)

Q5 Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire) 

Q6 Richard Drax (South Dorset) 

Q7 Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire) 

Q8 Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown) 

Q9 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) 

Q10 Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) 

Q11 Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Q12 Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)

Q13 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) 

Q14 Nigel Mills (Amber Valley) 

Q15 Chris Skidmore (Kingswood) 

Comments in the comments please…

Actual Pub Landlord Likes Farage, Irritated With Guardian

Farage’s pub landlord writes to his paper of choice:

As a Guardian reader for over 50 years and a Downe resident for over 20 years, including eight years as landlord of the Queen’s Head, I find your article (Big trouble in middle England, G2, 24 March) disappointing, to say the least. This was in no way a political demonstration but an ill-disciplined, attention-seeking rabble with no thought of other people’s safety or enjoyment. They booked the George & Dragon under false pretences for larger numbers and purposes than it is suitable for, thereby ruining normal customers’ afternoon enjoyment.

A large number of families use this pub and the Queen’s Head for a peaceful Sunday lunch and social gatherings. Young children with their parents (including the Farage children) were terrified by these events. Mr Farage remained calm during these so-called demonstrations and certainly had no minders, heavies or aides with him. Your correspondent omits the fact that the driver of the hired coach refused to transport the rabble back to Bromley, worried about their behaviour and no doubt his safety. Also, the article does not take into consideration the damage caused to the business and reputation of these well-run pubs. I’m not, of course, going to stop buying or reading the Guardian, but hope for a return to more balanced and objective reporting.
Alan Dear
Downe, Kent

As Brendon O’Neil says in today’s Speccie:

“It seems that for the Guardian, a person’s right to privacy is dependent upon whether he’s a nice, right-on, Hacked Off celeb like Coogan — one of Us — or a horrid, EU-opposing, boozing-and-smoking bad guy like Farage: one of Them.”

Telling…

Dave the Tank, Paddington Clegg and Other Friends

Each of the party leaders have told Netmums which kids’ TV character they think they are most like (other similarly named websites for mothers are available). The likenesses are uncanny…

#BringBackClarkson: Premature Telegraph?

After the Telegraph claimed over night that he was Jeremy Clarksoff, we get this:

Ohhhh.

Labour are the Response Team

Guido has had some fun with centralised attempts from Labour HQ to win the online battle in the past, so imagine his joy to be invited to join their latest wheeze. This season’s Derek Draper / Damian McBride / Kerry […]

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Clarkson to be Sacked Tomorrow: Report

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The Telegraph has the story:

Jeremy Clarkson is to be sacked as Top Gear presenter after a BBC investigation concluded he did attack a producer on the programme.

Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, is expected to

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Jazz Hands: Telegraph’s Secret Ronnie Scott’s Briefing Goes Tits Up

Handbags over in The Lobby as the Telegraph un-invite any hack not from the Telegraph to a Telegraph/Ad Week event with Lynton Crosby:

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Salmond Orders Pink, Causes Stink

The former First Minister sat down to be interviewed by the Staggers‘ Jason Cowley and ordered a bottle of pink champagne, which reminded Guido of this picture. Meanwhile, Salmond also appears to have shot down any hope the Tories […]

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