BBC News Channel Editor Broadcasts Anti-UKIP Rant

Jasmine Lawrence is the editor of the BBC News Channel, where it is safe to say she has significant influence over the BBC’s coverage of the European elections and politics in general. Lawrence’s Twitter feed largely consists of retweets of Labour MPs and left-wing journalists. Today she has been sharing her thoughts on UKIP, joining those using the anti-UKIP parody #WhyImVotingUKIP hashtag to attack the party:

The BBC’s Charter requires its journalists to be impartial, something you would have thought they might be particularly careful about at election time. For such a senior BBC journalist to openly broadcast an attack on a political party the day before an election is inappropriate to put it mildly…

UPDATE: Lawrence has now deleted her Twitter account.

Paxo Asks Silvio: Did You Call Merkel an Unf**kable Lard-Ar*e?

On tonight’s Newsnight, Paxo interviews Silvio Berlusconi:

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We’ll miss him when he’s gone…

WATCH: Dougie Alexander Gets Brutally Brillo’d

Robbo and Dave’s Data Protection Blooper

Kind, caring Dave showed his soft side on the News at Ten last night, letting the cameras into No. 10 to film him responding to a letter from a little girl. Of course Nick Robinson and the PM will have got permission to run the letter, name and home address of the girl in full (obscured by Guido above) to their two million viewers, making sure they didn’t blatantly breach the Data Protection Act. Right?

Patten Stands Down

The BBC Trust’s head of media says:

Big vacancy…

UPDATE: Diane Coyle is acting chairman while a replacement is found.

UPDATE II: Patten had heart bypass surgery last month after experiencing serious chest pains. His statement in full is here.

BBC Pays MPs More Than Every Newspaper Combined

Press Gazette has crunched the numbers and worked out that the BBC pays more money to publicity-seeking MPs for vanity appearances than every national newspaper combined. Rory Stewart trousered £8,000 for his documentary, Alan Johnson pocketed £5,317, while part-time MP and TV personality Diane Abbott has been paid £2,800. Tim Loughton got £1,500 for appearing on Have I Got News For You, as did wannabe London mayor Sadiq Khan, who probably now regrets that ill-fated idea to boost his profile.

It all adds up to £20,000 of licence fee payers’ money paid to MPs so far this year, well ahead of the £17,905.40 the entirety of Fleet Street has stumped up. If ever there was a reason for scrapping the licence fee…

McTernan the Tables

A downbeat John McTernan didn’t think much of Labour’s chances in the European elections when asked by Andrew Neil on the Daily Politics today:

Brillo: “Are we inevtivably heading to European elections in which UKIP is a clear victor, Labour not a great second and the Tories a poor third?”

McTernan: “It’s got that feeling at the moment, hasn’t it. They’re certainly setting the terms of the debate and they have to be derailed by the other parties.”

Yet just two weeks ago the former Labour spinner claimed it was in the bag. In an effort to cheer up Labour supporters with little faith in Ed Miliband’s leadership he listed a “dozen reasons to be cheerful” to the Blairite faithful at Progress, McTernan boasted:

“Labour is set to win the European elections.

Now he admits that is unlikely, what changed?

McTernan also asserted in that same article that Labour would “storm London in the borough elections.”

More bad news for McTernan, Guido’s top campaign source at CCHQ told him yesterday that he was getting more confident that the Conservatives will do better in London, where economic growth is already resurgent, than might be expected. That storm is looking to blow an ill wind for Miliband…

Paxman Quits Newsnight Guido Revealed Katz Wanted Him Out Earlier This Month

Earlier this month in his Sun column Guido revealed that Newsnight editor Ian Katz was attempting to force out Jeremy Paxman.

“GUIDO hears the knives are out for Newsnight star Jeremy Paxman.

Ian Katz, the groovy former deputy editor of the Guardian now in charge of the BBC news show, wants to bring in a fresher face.

Who still tunes in to watch Paxo’s pantomime interviews, where he acts like an outraged great-aunt shocked by a politician’s lack of straight answers? Newsnight of the Long Knives, indeed.”

Today Paxo has quit. You’re either in front of Guido…

Lobby Boris Bubble Deflates Embarrassingly Quickly in Newark

Astoundingly incompetent analysis from much of the political media this evening speculating on Boris standing in Newark. Only one problem – the local Tories have already selected their candidate back in November. CCHQ have been on a by-election footing for weeks as Guido reported in The Sun two weeks ago.[…] Read the rest

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WATCH: Daily Politics Mood Box Verdict on Miliband

The Daily Politics travelled to the marginal seat of Stevenage to find out if voters see Ed as the next PM. Labour supporters look away now:

Apart from the bloke who thought he was a chef, the result was definitive…[…] Read the rest

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Hacked Off Seek EU Diktat to Force Through New Press Laws Watson Backs Brussels Directive on Media Ownership

After Sajid Javid signalled that he wanted to put the issue of press regulation “to bed”, Hacked Off last night called for an EU directive to force through new laws and overrule the Culture Secretary. Evan Harris and Natalie Fenton, two of the group’s directors, endorsed a new campaign aiming to secure a petition of one million signatures and seek a diktat from Brussels to set limits on media ownership at a European level.[…] Read the rest

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BBC Refuses to Comment on BBC Story About the BBC

North of the border the BBC has got itself in some bother this afternoon. Fair and balanced BBC News Scotland correspondent James Cook is reporting that the BBC is facing increasing pressure to explain how it can claim to be impartial on Scottish independence while it remains a member of the CBI, which is a registered backer of the No vote.[…] Read the rest

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Farage Admits: I’m Sleeping With My Secretary

No doubt the BBC will show this in full…[…] Read the rest

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GRAPH:  BBC Mind Share v Public Market Share

BBC-PAPER-CHARTFor years the BBC has explained its disproportionate consumption of the Guardian newspaper compared with public market share by arguing that it needs to buy more broadsheet papers than popular ones to best provide news for licence fee payers. It is not an issue of left-right bias, they claim, rather a distinction along broadsheet-popular press lines. […] Read the rest

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Hacks Dry, While Bullingdon Boy Dimbers is on the Bolly

Bullingdon Boy David Dimbleby is already on the Bollinger, while the mere plebs in the Spin Room will apparently be left dry for tonight’s BBC Europe debate. Beeb cuts are biting deep for all but a few privileged old timers.

In light of this tragic news, Guido is planning on pre-gaming in the bar of the Langham Hotel opposite Broadcasting House from about 5.30:

It’s a convenient location, if a little pricey.[…] Read the rest

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Nick Ross: “Archaic” BBC Licence Fee Will Become “Redundant”

BBC institution Nick Ross on the Daily Politics this afternoon:

“The licence fee when it comes up for revewal in two years time will be 90 years old, and as every year goes by it becomes more and more ananchronistic. In a multi channel age when people increasingly get content through computers and telephones, the TV licence fee is increasingly archaic.

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