Owen Smith: There is No Chasm Between PLP and Membership

Owen Smith has them in stitches at the BBC hustings this morning:

“I don’t think there is a chasm between the PLP and the membership. Well, there’s laughter there but I think there has been a false narrative created that there has been a great big chasm”

Okaaaay…

Another Useful Owen Smith BBC Connection

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Owen Smith is a bit of a BBC luvvie having worked there as a producer for ten years, and his handy connections to Auntie don’t end there. Oily’s campaign team includes Olivia Pienaar, a Labour aide who is organising his support from within parliament. Olivia is by all accounts a talented young staffer who works as a bag-carrier to Rachel Reeves. However her appointment ruffled some feathers among Labour moderates who whined that she only got the gig because her dad is BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar. Guido dreads to think what the Corbynistas will say when they find out this family link between the Beeb and the Smith campaign. Don’t tell The Canary or we’ll never hear the end of it…

Beeb Still Offering Ethnic Minority Only Places

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A job advert on W4MP shows the BBC is still selectively recruiting based on race, despite the backlash caused by similar schemes earlier this year. The advert states:

“All roles advertised through Creative Access are only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority.”

Practices like this were blasted by Sir Trevor McDonald, while Tory MPs called it “racist”…

Macho, Laddish Culture of BBC Wales Boyos

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Reconstruction.

A veteran BBC Wales correspondent gets in touch with curious tale that took place at the Beeb’s Cardiff studios a few years back. The office was renowned for its macho, laddish culture, sexual shenanigans and boyo banter. The women in the newsroom were often on the receiving end of the work-hard-play-hard mentality of the blokes. One day, a young female presenter had an absolute car crash of an interview. She was a relative newbie, but everything went wrong and one producer in particular was not impressed. When she returned to her third-floor office desk she found a series of arrows printed on pieces of paper, leading up to the window ledge. The implication being that she should jump out. If you were that presenter or know which producer was responsible for the tasteless gag, we’d love to hear from you

Lily Cole Fronts BBC “CEO Secrets” Series After Running Company Into Ground

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Who have the BBC got to front their new “CEO Secrets” series? Model, actor, and “entrepreneur” Lily Cole has been offering her “tips for business success”:

“Believe in what you’re doing and know why you’re doing it, so it’s very hard to run a business, and there’s going to be up and down moments, and in those down moments what pulls you through is, you know, inner conviction of knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and believing in it.” 

Inspiring stuff.

In other news, Lily’s taxpayer-subsidised social network Impossible.com has reported losses of £256,000 in 2015 and £250,000 in 2014. That’s despite taking a huge £200,000 grant from the Cabinet Office in 2013. The site achieved just 45,000 visitors last month. Please, Lily, tell us your secret…

Farewell, Giles!

Westminster telly legend Giles Dilnot leaves the Daily Politics today for the Legatum Institute. Here are some of his best bits…

‘Impartial’ BBC Newsroom Celebrates Whitto Sacking

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This very silly tweet from BBC journalist Ed Ram has swiftly been deleted. The Beeb’s impartiality out in full force on reshuffle day. Well done Ed for giving the game away…

UPDATE: A BBC spokesman comments: “We’re not commenting.”

Auntie’s Kidding No-One on Leadsom Quitting “Scoop”

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Note the timestamps…

Laura Kuenssberg follows Guido on Twitter. Her tweet was by definition not a scoop – as over 200,000 followers of Guido’s Twitter feed know. Lobby hacks were already furiously re-tweeting Guido before Laura followed up three minutes later. So this bit of bragging from BBC News is just demonstrably untrue:

Mark Thompson the former Director-General of the BBC explained a truth of modern digital journalism:

“… Guido Fawkes and a thousand others may deliver their scoops and insights with less precision and restraint than their traditional counterparts, but they deliver them all the same…”

Guido’s co-conspirators know we’re #1 for fast breaking political news; last week we broke the news that Nigel Farage was stepping down as UKIP leader before any other media outlet. Embarrassing that Auntie is trying to spin otherwise…

BBC Declares Brexit Winner

History in the making…[…]

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Boris Looks Forward to Independence Day

“If we stand up for democracy, we’ll be sticking up for hundreds of millions of people around Europe who agree with us, who currently have no voice. And if we vote leave, and take back control, I believe that this Thursday will be our countries independence day.” Boris saves the best line until last…[…]

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Cameron: Leave Voters ‘Confused’

Audience member: “What I don’t understand is with all these experts that you’ve got saying we should stay in, why the British public isn’t more convinced, why is Brexit in the lead?”

Cameron: “Well, I think people have found this debate, and all the facts and the figures, perhaps quite confusing.

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BBC Wembley Debate Line-Ups

Remain employ some squad rotation after a poor showing on ITV. Leave’s dream team are unchanged…[…]

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Who is on Question Time Tonight?

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If two hours of politics tonight wasn’t enough…[…]

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McDonnell Told Activists to “Target” Journalists

Who’s responsible for winding up Labour lefties to the point where they boo and hiss the BBC’s political editor? This video of John McDonnell from 2013 is worth a watch –  he tells activists to take “direct action” to “target” journalists they don’t like.[…]

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Who is on Question Time Tonight?

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Possibly actually worth watching.[…]

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Ethnic Minority Brits Back Brexit

Fair play to Newsnight for this segment on why ethnic minority voters and businessmen and women back Brexit. The British Indian and Pakistani shop owners they spoke to wanted trade agreements with China, India and the Commonwealth and had concerns about European immigration.[…]

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