Friday, September 21, 2012

Which Magazines the Beeboids Buy

Following the news last month that the BBC buys more copies of the Guardian than any other newspaper, Guido thought he would have some more FOI fun. It turns out the BBC’s love for lefty rags doesn’t extend to the New Statesman – the Beeb bought more copies of the Speccie than the Staggers between January and July this year. An ideological shift to the right? More likely they’ve just realised there’s nothing worth reading in the Staggers any more…

Meanwhile Ian Hislop clearly hasn’t sorted out his BBC colleagues with any free copies of Private Eye, with the Beeb having to fork out for 155 in the last seven months. They aren’t buying James MacIntyre’s predictions that never come true though – Prospect fares pretty badly at a sobering seven a month. And as for Total Politics? Oh dear…

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…


Seen Elsewhere

Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome
UKIPers Will Come Home in 2015 | Sun
Tories Set for Thrashing | Sun
Boris Announcement Imminent | Sun
The Case for Splitting Up CCHQ | ConservativeHome
Why UKIP Should Join a ‘European Union’. | Anna Raccoon
Dave’s Brush With Bed Bugs | Speccie
Farage: No Briton Could Be My Secretary | BBC
Dave and George Can Now Be Seen Together | Ben Brogan


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Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Alexrod says:

It’s money innit.


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