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Minister Media Monitor: Sky Winning Battle of Producers

MMM April the shows

Sky News won the battle of the producers to book ministers for their programmes in April. The usually minister-heavy Today Programme drops out of the top three for the first time, while Newsnight rises up the rankings. Marr features a minister a week. The whole of ITV (The AgendaGood Morning Britain, and ITV News) managed to get just three ministers in the entire month. Overall there were 44 ministerial broadcast appearances in April, expect that to ramp up when the referendum campaign gets going…

Bottoms Up! Hugh Bonneville Celebrates Stage Success

Bravo to Hugh Bonneville, whose new play about press freedom, cover-ups and lying scoundrels has proved a triumph. “Bonneville, champion of free speech”, raves the front page of the Telegraph, while the Sun’s theatre review section – never missed by luvvies – gives it four stars:

“Hugh Bonneville ditches his safe family man image for a performance packed with passion and desire as he fights to reveal a corrosive secret in his first return to the stage in more than a decade… Bonneville, who recently spoke on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs of his deep love for wife of 18 years Lulu, plays brilliant Dr Stockmann… Why should he hide the truth, he demands. “Too many people already know about it,” he rants. “You think you can silence me and the truth but things are not going to go as smoothly as you think”

The Mail meanwhile reports on a triumphant evening for the A-list TV actor:

“The actor’s performance before a packed house was met with a long applause as he bowed multiple times to his adoring public. The stage door was clear for Mr Bonneville as he made his way from the theatre and into the press party, free of autograph hunters and fans. He was seen flashing a big smile as he walked out of the theatre with a group of friends and his wife Lulu Williams. Speaking after the performance people said what a lovely guy Bonneville was because he remembers everyone’s name and ‘speaks to everyone like an old friend.”

Sounds like a quite a party. Bottoms up!

Media Minister Monitor: Leave Winning Air War

MMM April the ministers

Ambitious ministers with an eye on the leadership provided seven new entries for our Media Minister Monitor this month. Top of the charts is Dominic Raab, a sound-as-a-pound Eurosceptic who has been attracting admirers in recent weeks. Mooted candidates Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Crabb and Penny Mordaunt have all received their first leaderboard position since MMM started in February. Gove was in the top 10 for the first time. In total, six of the top ten are Outers. Leave are winning the ministerial air war…

Here is the spreadsheet with all the ministerial broadcast appearances for March. The rules: we monitor which ministers appeared answering questions in interviews. Note this will not include doorsteps, only scheduled appearances.

IPSO: Coke Probably Was Snorted at Momentum Party

Back in December the Sun sent a bearded undercover reporter to a People’s Momentum Christmas party in Brixton, armed with specialist detection wipes and a handful of swabs. The science didn’t lie – traces of gak were found in the loos and the story made its way into the paper. Well, someone from Momentum decided to complain to the press regulator IPSO. The judgement is in, and they’ve ruled a Momentum reveller probably did consult the member for Tooting…

“The committee acknowledged that the test used by the newspaper could not conclusively show that drugs were taken by an attendee at the party that night. However, the manager of the pub had said that the toilets had been cleaned before the party, the only attendees present in the venue that night were attending the Momentum event, and traces of drugs had been detected. This was a reasonable basis to infer that drugs had been used by an attendee. In these circumstances, the committee was satisfied that the newspaper had not failed to take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information. There was no breach of Clause 1. The complaint was not upheld.”

Hipster socialists exploiting Colombian peasants…

Corbyn Agrees BBC are “Zionist Liars”

This is a 2010 episode of Jeremy Corbyn’s talkshow on Press TV, the propaganda arm of the Iranian regime. The first caller rants about Israel, describing it as a “disease” which Arabs must “throw out” and “get rid” from the Middle East. Corbyn replies: “Ok. Thank you for your call.”

The second caller describes the BBC as “Zionist liars”. Corbyn responds by telling him to complain to the BBC about their coverage, adding that the caller had a “good point”. There is no crisis…

H/T @asabenn

Labour in Crisis

“There is no crisis,” says Corbyn…

Pressure Mounts on Naz Shah

24 hours later, the under-fire Labour MP is splashed across this morning’s front pages. You’re either in front of Guido

BBC Did Reveal Hillsborough Verdict Yesterday

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Yesterday the BBC press office denied Guido’s story that they had accidentally revealed the Hillsborough verdict in breach of the judge’s orders:

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Julia Hartley-Brewer v George Galloway

George Galloway, currently polling at zero percent in the London mayoral race, decided it would be a good idea to precede a TalkRadio interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer by tweeting:

“I have no wish to charm you. I despise you, and

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Blundering BBC Broadcast Hillsborough Verdict

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The jury at the three year-long Hillsborough inquest have reached a majority verdict, which cannot be reported until 11am tomorrow morning. So it’s a pretty major blooper for the BBC to broadcast that verdict in their headline caption, redacted by […]

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Jason Cowley v Tom Baldwin

New Statesman editor Jason Cowley buries humourless former Miliband aide Tom Baldwin:

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