Naughtie Steps Away From Today

He will become “Special Correspondent” for Radio 4 having presented the Today programme for 21 years:

“In this role he will have a responsibility for charting the course of the constitutional changes at the heart of the UK political debate – devolution and independence, parliamentary reform and the changes in the UK’s relations with Europe.

Jim will also be a roving reporter and Radio 4 listeners will continue to hear from him at home and around the world. Next year he will be an essential part of the coverage of the Scottish elections for Holyrood, and the American and French presidential elections. He will also report on these and other major stories for Today and all radio news and current affairs programmes. He will write and present radio documentaries and continue to anchor the overnight coverage of elections, and the EU referendum, on BBC Radio.”

Jeremy Hunt for one won’t miss him…

BBC Staff React to Licence Fee Deal

Whitto has confirmed the news in the Sunday papers that the BBC will have to stump up the cost of free TV licences for over-75s.

The Beeb’s Europe correspondent is not taking it so well:

U ok hon?

Nor is their political editor:

The chair of the BBC Trust complains:

Though DG Tony Hall insists:

“We have secured the right deal for the BBC in difficult economic circumstances for the country… In the circumstances, the BBC has agreed to take on the costs of free licences for over-75s, and after the next parliament, will take on the policy.”

Of course the people actually “taking on the cost” is the licence fee payer…

Das Bild Referendum

All eyes on Greece for Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept the EU’s bailout conditions, though German tabloid Bild is holding a plebiscite of its own:

“Should we support Greece with further taxpayer billions?”

Are you listening Mrs Merkel…

H/T @JeremyCliffe 

Sarah Connor Terminates Twitter Banter

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Financial Times employment correspondent Sarah Connor stumbled across the story of her career today, when she found herself reporting on a robot that killed a worker at a VW plant in Germany. Coincidentally the new Terminator film is released in UK cinemas today…

connor tweets

“It came from a war-torn future to destroy the past.

Its target: an ordinary woman – Sarah Connor.

Her only ally: another traveller through time…”

 

At Last! BBC Axe First 1,000 Jobs

An £150 million shortfall in the BBC’s licence fee income means 1,000 jobs are to be axed.

Back of a fag packet maths would point to these thousand employees being on £150,000 each…

UPDATE: The Beeb say this round of cuts will save £50 million, £50,000 per sacked employee.

Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there. Osborne took a couple of hours off from preparing for the Budget while Michael Fallon was bullish about the jihadis. Liz Truss was flirty and Nicky Morgan wandered around looking for someone to talk to. Boris was banging on about some airport…

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Most amusing was the PM’s drive by, where he immediately got locked into conversation with UKIP spin supremo Gawain Towler. Apparently Dave’s defence was that the smaller European nations are going to support his renegotiation plans. There are about four million reasons why that conversation looked painful. 

Despite the heat the PM’s old pal Steve Hilton got a proper hug, though the hippy chat was soon troubling Dave:

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Guardian Heatwave Liveblog Closes After Servers Overheat

There we all were enjoying the Guardian’s heatwave liveblog…

When disaster struck…

To make things worse, the air con at King’s Place packed in as well:

“There is currently a fault with the main chiller unit for the building.”

Staff have now been sent home:

Dear all

Because of the heat we are having some problems with cooling key systems. We will be shutting down all systems at 4.15 today so please save everything and log off. We would like people to go home unless they are involved in the newspaper edition or the website. Please take home laptops in case we need people to work from home tomorrow. We will keep you updated so please keep checking emails and, if in doubt, talk to your line manager.

Sheila

Remember to look out for vulnerable newspaper neighbours in this period of extreme weather…

Neil Wallis Not Guilty

The CPS that cried Wolfman…

UPDATE:

Another Double-Jobbing Broadcast Boss Channel 4 Could Grill

Cathy Newman gave BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead a going over on Channel 4 News last night for earning half a million quid from her second job at HSBC. On top of the £110,000-a-year she trousers from her 3 day […]

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When Burnham Used to Court the Media

An easy crowd-pleaser for Andy Burnham at Labour’s trade union hustings this lunchtime:

“When we were in government I observed it. We courted the media, didn’t we. And we allowed ourselves to get so close to parts of the right-wing

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IPSO Throw Out Vexatious Europhile Whinge

The press regulator has dismissed a spurious complaint brought against the Telegraph by Bill Emmott, ex-editor of the Economist. Emmott claimed in a long whinge that Toby Young’s review of his ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, a piece of swivel-eyed, […]

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Brat Pack Slap Back: Owned Jones v Rob Lowe

So, About Last Night

Rob Lowe, undoubtedly the finest actor of this or indeed any other generation, met Youngblood Owen Jones:

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Liz Kendall is asked by Tom Newton Dunn if she would ever ban the Sun from one of her press conferences:

“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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