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.

The campaign, which has the somewhat sinister name ‘Reclaim the Media’, is backed by the Green MP Caroline Lucas, the National Union of Journalists, the Trades Union Council and Labour’s Tom Watson, who was due to chair last night’s meeting but failed to attend after he was “unavoidably detained in his constituency”Evan Harris’ face told you everything you need to know about the prospects for Hacked Off’s latest doomed venture…

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MediaGuido was particularly interested by a series of graphs provided at the meeting. Reclaim the Media’s campaign for plurality focuses on the Murdoch and Rothermere titles, despite their own evidence showing that it is actually the BBC that enjoys unrivalled dominance in the news industry. Confused Labour MP John McDonnell suggested the motives were personal: “there are thousands of asylum seekers locked up because the government is pandering to the racism of the Daily Mail”, adding that MPs were “petrified by the bucket of sh*t that The Sun pours on you”. Yet according to their own evidence it isn’t the Mail or the Sun that threaten press plurality, it is the BBC…

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. The BBC Scotland correspondent approached the BBC for an answer, reporting on the BBC website that:

“The BBC is yet to comment on its position.”

Auntie is eating herself…

UPDATE:

Farage Admits: I’m Sleeping With My Secretary

No doubt the BBC will show this in full…

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. Guido has analysed new figures released by the BBC to see whether this excuse stands up to scrutiny.

Methodology: By dividing a) each paper’s percentage share of the total papers purchased by the BBC , with b) each paper’s percentage share of the public market, we get c) the BBC mind share / public market share ratio. This tells us how greater or smaller BBC consumption is proportionally compared to public consumption.

Results: As the graph above shows, BBC consumption of the Independent is proportionally over 11 times that of the public market share. Next follows the Guardian at almost 5 times. BBC consumption of the Telegraph is proportionally just 1.7 times that of the public, and consumption of the Tory establishment’s Times newspaper is proportionally just 2.5 times as much as the public. The left-wing broadsheets have a far higher BBC consumption ratio than their right-wing rivals.

However, the popular press is where the BBC really gives the game away. Proportionally its consumption of the Mail is half that of the public and its consumption of the Sun is just a third that of the public. These are by some distance the two best-selling newspapers among the general population. Yet BBC consumption of the Mirror is proportionally double that of the Sun and 1.5 times that of the Mail.

Conclusion: This analysis shows that while the BBC is right that it makes a distinction between low circulation broadsheets and the popular press, there is a left-wing bias that extends to all papers. Among broadsheets, the BBC’s consumption of the Guardian and Independent is proportionally considerably higher that of the right-wing broadsheets (Times and Telegraph). Among the popular press, the BBC’s consumption of the Mirror is proportionally considerably higher than the Mail and the Sun. The numbers clearly show that the BBC’s newspaper purchasing patterns are not determined along a broadsheet-popular divide, they are determined on a left-right political bias.

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. See you there.

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. It will become redundant just as the radio licence did in 1971.”

Change is afoot…

Loony Lutfur Calls Cops on “Racist” Panorama

Not like Tower Hamlets’ paragon of open and honest local government Lutfur Rahman to throw his toys out of the pram when journalists come calling. The Mayor has not reacted well to news of tonight’s Panorama investigation into alleged dodgy goings on in East London, sending this angry email to supporters:

Criminal investigation underway as BBC Panorama whistle-blower reveals racist and Islamophobic programme on Tower Hamlets

You may be aware that BBC Panorama is due to air a programme about Tower Hamlets next week. I believe the programme is being used for political campaigning and electioneering purposes just weeks before local and Mayoral elections in May. A dossier passed to us by a BBC whistle-blower has revealed it to be in total breach of the BBC’s editorial guidelines as a public broadcaster. It has clear racist and Islamophobic overtones targeting the Bangladeshi Muslim community in Tower Hamlets.

The BBC and the undercover production company, Films of Record, have also been referred to the Information Commissioner and there is now a criminal investigation underway. Sadly this programme is already being used for political campaigning by politicians from Tower Hamlets Labour Party and promoted by right wing journalists. The BBC’s targeting of our borough is nothing short of a direct intervention in the outcome of an election.

Something Lutfur would definitely not know all about…

UPDATE: The East London Advertiser reports a Bangladeshi journalism student working for the BBC leaked Panorama’s sources to Lutfur Rahman.

UPDATE II: Worth having a watch of this attack video being pushed by Lutfur about the Panorama programme:

BBC Accidentally Leak Details of Forthcoming BNP Interview

Whoever took this iPlayer promo photo for yesterday’s episode of BBC’s This Week they probably should have made sure viewers couldn’t see that they are planning an interview on the Sunday Politics with Simon Derby, the communications director of the BNP. Something which had not been made public, presumably to avoid a repeat of the left-wing demonstrations outside the BBC when Nick Griffin appeared on Question Time…

Diane Abbott’s Question Time Prep Leaked, Again

Diane really should be more careful what she leaves in parliamentary photocopiers:

This is becoming a habit[…]

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Awkward Politico-Media “Conscious Uncoupling” Coverage

Poor BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling is being made to read the Gwyneth Paltrow / Chris Martin split on loop on the BBC News Channel.

Surely they could have got her co-presenter to cover this particular story given her own current “conscious uncoupling” from Craig Oliver?[…]

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Labour Send “Solidarity” to New Newsnight Editor

Just what the new Newsnight economics editor needs when he is being accused of being too close to the Labour Party, the Labour deputy leader sending him public solidarity on Twitter:

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BBC Spin Machine Lobbying MPs on Licence Fee

The BBC are using their team of expensive in-house lobbyists to cajole MPs into rejecting plans to decriminalise not paying the TV Licence Fee. In a briefing seen by Guido, smooth talking BBC lobbyist Alice Dickerson told MPs that “the BBC does not want people to go to prison,” before reminding MPs that 51 people were locked up for not paying their TV licence fines in 2012.[…]

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Newsnight Hire Pro-Labour TUC Wonk as Economics Editor

newsnightStephanie “Two Eds” Flanders used to annoy Tory MPs when she was the economics pundit on Newsnight, before her the quasi-Marxist Paul Mason had them shouting at the telly. Well imagine how they are going to react to the news that the TUC’s senior economist Duncan Weldon has been hired as her replacement.[…]

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PICTURE: Nick Robinson's Tribute to Bob Crow

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BBC Screamers Handle Pistorius Report Tastefully

BBC spokesperson said with some understatement: “There was a technical mistake where sound effects being prepared in another studio for an unrelated item were accidentally broadcast over the news bulletin. We apologised for the error immediately afterwards.”[…]

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Guy News Special: BBC Three's Greatest Hits

BBC Three is no more, it is being axed and aired online only. Guido gives you their greatest hits, all paid for by your licence fee:

Public service broadcasting at its finest…[…]

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