Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Director General’s Letter to the Beeb, Aged 6

The Derector of the BBC,
15 April 1969

Dear Sir, please will you put on programs that are not very long because my other brothers well one brother is in tears. He wanted to see Tom and Jerry but had to watch the budget.

Yours sincerely,

George Entwistle

 

The budget bringing people to tears.

How things change…

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Deep Doo-Doo: The Thick Of It Trailer

How do co-conspirators think this series is going? Mixed feelings?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday Politics Line Up Changes

Fans of BBC1’s Sunday Politics may be a little disappointed when Andrew Neil’s show returns this month. Sadly, sexy journalist and part-time Labour councillor Rowenna Davis will no longer be seen on the show’s pundit panel. Westminster is full of people with faces for radio but she will be replaced on the panel by the Guardian’s chief political correspondent, the equally pretty Nick Watt.

Guido reported this first in his Daily Sunday Star column.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BBC Told to Cut Diane Abbott Appearances

The BBC Trust has ruled that Diane Abbott should appear less frequently on Andrew Neil’s This Week programme. The Beeb‘s editorial standards committee also found that the £6,700 Abbott has pocketed from them was against their guidelines as politicians paid to speak on BBC shows are not allowed to “express political views“.

If it means Diane won’t be appearing on Guido’s TV screen as often in the future then that really is cause for celebration…

Monday, August 20, 2012

Balls Beau’s BBC Bias

Iain Duncan Smith has submitted a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing economics editor Stephanie Flanders of “peeing all over British industry“. IDS reckons that Flanders – who famously dated both Ed Miliband and Ed Balls – was guilty of bias over her coverage of last week’s positive unemployment figures:

“The BBC is locked to the reading of the economy that is run out of Ed Miliband and Ed Balls’ office. They think if only you spend and borrow more money you can create growth everywhere. This is the general tenor of everything that comes out of the BBC. They expected the (employment) figures to be flatlining. They convinced themselves youth unemployment would continue to rise, but when it fell they were in a complete quandary. Stephanie Flanders poured cold water over the whole thing. She said: ‘Of course this is good news, but it could be because we aren’t productive enough’. If the unemployment figures had gone up, we would have been on the BBC TV News at Six and Ten and would have got the blame. When the news is good, the BBC view is ‘Get the Government out of the picture quickly, don’t allow them to say anything about it’. When the news is bad, it’s ”Let’s all dump on the Government’. Flanders was peeing all over British industry and the private sector. It was terrible.”

It’s almost as if journalists at the Beeb only read the Guardian

Friday, August 17, 2012

NY Times to Pay Thompson Less Than BBC

Mark Thompson’s new pay package has been revealed:

While he is in line for a huge bonus, it means Thompson’s new basic wage is less than the whopping £671,000 he was paid by the Beeb. Who would have thought a public organisation would pay over the odds…

Thursday, August 16, 2012

BBC Busted Over Sexy A-Levels

Caught red handed…

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

BBC News Boss “Non-Story” Turns Out to Be Story

The Controller of the BBC News channel is in a politically sensitive position, constantly accused of bias. After Guido reported that the BBC buys the Guardian more than any other paper yesterday evening, a clearly exasperated Kevin Bakhurst piped up:

At the time Guido thought that was a risky thing for the head of news at the BBC to be saying:

Bakhurst seemed to have forgotten that the days of Big Media’s gatekeepers deciding what is news and what is not news, are long gone. We decide tomorrow’s news…

And so it turned out, as the “Guardian of Beeb story not only made the Sun but was also the subject of blogs by Dan Hannan at the Telegraph and Roy Greenslade over at the Guardian themselves. Greenslade asked “Why is that so surprising?” It wasn’t to Guido.

Greenslade was on the money when he wrote

“There are so many similarities between the BBC and the Guardian aside from assumptions about politics. Both organisations are free of commercial ownership, with the corporation funded by licence and the paper owned by a trust.”

Which isn’t an unbridled good. It imbues both with an anti-profit ethos bordering on anti-business as well as anti-capitalist.  The shared mindset of the two organisations is most clearly visible in their coverage of America and Israel. The Republican party is extremist because they don’t subscribe to left-wing nostrums and Israel is the primary cause of trouble in the Middle-East. These are axiomatic truths for the Guardian-BBC axis of “progressiveness”…

Mark Thompson Scoops New York Times Role

There was big media news overnight as former BBC Director General Mark Thompson was appointed president of the New York Times. Thompson, who infamously admitted the Beeb was guilty of a “massive left-wing bias“, had announced he would stand down after the Olympics. Gun-toting George Entwistle was named as his replacement in July.

Guido is shocked that a BBC boss would take over at arguably the most liberal paper in the US…

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oxford Tory “Used BBC Show to Smear Opponents
Joe Cooke Solicited TV Documentary

It seems that there is more than meets the eye to last week’s BBC2 hatchet job documentary exploring the life of former Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) president Joe Cooke. Guido has learned the camp silver-suited boy-of-the-people is facing claims that he personally and deliberately organised the programme in an attempt to smear his political opponents. The dirty tricks start at a young age.

When OUCA were originally approached on behalf of the BBC the response was an unequivocal “no“. Cooke himself warned that it had the “potential to be a disaster“, while another Oxford Tory says: “the overall verdict was that they’d make us look like tw*ts“. However, Guido is told that Cooke then independently emailed the television company to suggest making a programme focusing on himself. His motivation has come into question from those involved:

Cooke wanted to use the BBC to attack his potential successors in the national press, it was more than coincidence that a camera crew turned up as soon as he became president. He has a history of smearing his opponents, you can see from the show he how he attacked his predecessors. He was also after a safe seat in Yorkshire.

That despite Guido seeing an email from Cooke in which he warned his colleagues: “we must not allow vanity to harm the association“. Says the boy with the silver-topped cane…


Seen Elsewhere

Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette
Jenni Russell and Her Child’s Godfather, Ed Miliband | Breitbart
Labour’s Left and Right are Growing Restive | Staggers
Corrupt, Incompetent UN Has No Right to Lecture Us | Dan Hannan
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Hungary’s Heir to Thatcher | Conservative Woman
Farage and Salmond Both Want Outopia | David Aaronovitch
More Missing UKIP Money | Times
Church Should Fight Evil of Welfare Dependency | Stephen Glover
1 in 16 Pick Up Infections in Filthy NHS Hospitals | Mail
Let’s Get Evangelical | David Cameron


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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