Katz Leaving a Sinking Ship

A cunning move by Ian Katz, jumping from the Guardian to Newsnight. The heir apparent is the latest lefty print figure to join the Beeb. Guido reckons he will return to Kings Place eventually, as the editor of a multi-platform, video-led converged Guardian. He can bide his time while Alan Rusbridger wrings his hands for a few more years as the print figures continue to crash and the mass sackings become inevitable. Smart...

The appointment has not gone down well with everyone. BBC types and government sources are moaning to the Speccie, while a Tory source tells Guido: “At this rate Alastair Campbell will be presenting. Given the huge salaries the Guardian pay, the BBC need to disclose how much they are billing the license-fee payer for Mr Katz.” Mr Paxman was unavailable for comment…

Compare and Contrast: BBC v Public Newspaper Consumption

The Sun is the public’s number one choice, but in the last year it is still the Guardian that the BBC buys most

Graph via @thecommentator

Buried BBC Poll Results: 350,000 On Way to UK

“No indication of huge Romanian-Bulgarian influx”, is the BBC spin from their poll of potential migrants to the UK. The reassuring results show just 4.2% of Bulgarians and 1% of Romanians are making definite plans to come to Britain in 2013 or 2014. For some reason the Beeb haven’t mentioned how that translates into actual real numbers. 4.2% of 4.67 million working age Bulgarians equals 196,140, and 1% of 15.3 million working age Romanians equates to 153,000, making a pretty daunting total of 349,140. Not that you’d hear that number from the BBC themselves…

Media Movements: Harding New BBC News Boss

Former Times editor James Harding is the new BBC director of news. The fact that the Beeb’s news team got scooped by the Speccie on the identity of their own new boss sums up the challenge Harding faces.

Now about that whole Nightjack thing…

Daily Politics Poll: Welfare a Soft Touch

The Daily Politics team went out onto the streets of Gravesend and Chatham to ask their thoughts on welfare. The results were pretty conclusive…

Ding Dong the Cash is Going to Corporations

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The hard-left campaign to get “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from the Wizard of Oz to the top of the charts has seen the track downloaded a mere 20,000 times. Or in other words, by less than 0.031 % of the population. Those sad lefties that are buying it will be pleased to hear their cash is lining the pockets of shareholders in the multi-national corporations EMI Feist, and their owner, Sony who bought it from Citi, the world’s largest bank, in a £2.5 billion deal… 

The BBC have displayed their usual spectacular editorial judgement and declared that they will play the song in the charts, explaining it with a news package explaining to children that hate-filled socialists have bought the song to celebrate the death of a grandmother. This should not be a complicated editorial decision-making process, even for the Beeb: “It would not be appropriate for a publicly funded organisation to play a song in celebration of the death of an 87 year-old woman.” If Guido had a TV licence, he would burn it…

Guido Readers Slam BBC Maggie Mis-education

On Guido yesterday and in the Mail today: your views on the BBC’s less than fair and balanced homepage:

Writing on political blog Guido Fawkes, one reader said: ‘Even the Biased-BBC’s headline “Hague justifies cost of funeral” – is terrifically biased. No other paper is even questioning the cost.
‘They are as out of touch and as doomed as the Guardian.’

Another said: ‘The BBC has become a case for privatisation.
‘Then these lefty fat cats feeding greedily off the public will see whether we want to pay for their propaganda, or their endless interviews with yesterday’s loony left. And we’d get the proceeds of the sale towards debt.’

A third added: ‘The only mistake the Lady made was not to sell the BBC to the highest bidder.’

When the leader of the Labour Party gives a classier assessment than our national broadcaster it says it all…

The Miseducation of Maggie Thatcher

Every great Briton gets talked down eventually, but Guido wasn’t expecting it to happen so quickly. This is the BBC news homepage this morning, offering such delights as “what if Margaret Thatcher had never been?”, “Thatcher ‘racist'” and “the TV was turned off when she came on”. And so it begins…

Via @edwestonline

BBC Apologises to Tories for Using Term “Bedroom Tax” on Air

Local Tories have managed to get an apology out of the BBC for their use of the term “Bedroom Tax” on BBC Look North.  Economic and Social Affairs Correspondent reporter Jayne Barrett told Pendle Conservatives that she was “told […]

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Boozed Up BBC Partygoers Go Out With a Bang

20130328-085132.jpg Copious booze, staff nicking mementos and partygoers scoring in the studios; the Beeb’s Television Centre goodbye party sounds like a night to remember. Or, more likely, forget:

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Boris’ Dad Says Stop Being Mean to My Boy

Boris has tried the political equivalent of getting his dad over when the other boys in the playground are being mean to him. Stanley Johnson has let rip with Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning:

“I thought Eddie Mair’s interview 

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Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Cadbury Creme Egg Addiction

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday column, the Have I Got News For You team are resorting to egg-streme measures to convince Jacob Rees-Mogg to appear on the show. The Beeb have sent the Honourable Member for the […]

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