UKIP Seek to End Criminal Prosecutions For Licence Fee Rebels

Immature petty squabbling aside, UKIP are back to doing what they do best this afternoon. Following this morning’s revelation that 155,000 people were criminalised last year for not paying the licence fee, the party is pushing its proposal in the Lords that the telly tax moves from a criminal to a civil jurisdiction. Which would be a start…

155,000 People Criminalised By BBC Last Year

Cracking little find in City AM today. 155,000 people were criminalised by the BBC last year over licence fee offences. That is 12% of all criminal prosecutions in the UK. If you don’t pay you end up with a fine of £1,000 or even a jail sentence. The TV poll tax is a protection racket pure and simple…

Is Mark Thompson Cracking Up?

It would seem former BBC Director General Mark Thompson, who is now the boss of the New York Times, is not looking forward to his upcoming appearance before Parliament. A witness tells the New York Post’s Page Six:

“I saw a cameraman and a reporter speaking to Thompson outside his apartment before rush hour,” says the source. “He was tense and angry and was talking very loudly. They followed him around the corner and he lost his temper and shouted at them. It really caused a scene.” The source added, “Someone needs to tell him that we can do without this kind of scene happening in the neighborhood.”

Apparently the team from Channel Four were asking the expat about Savile. Add to that the pay-off scandal and you can understand why Thompson is a little tetchy…

WATCH: Dr Tucker

Sweary time travel…

BBC Breakfast Crown Jewels Cock-Up

A surprise for BBC Breakfast viewers this morning:

Probably should have edited that out…

Via Metro.

UPDATE:

BBC Outsource “Bedroom Tax” Bashing to Private Sector Firm

Newsnight have been caught  red-handed using a private firm to try stir up outrage toward’s the government’s, legal, tweaking of Housing Benefit changes. The bizarre email below was sent by Support Solutions, who boast that they have “carved a niche as a provider of  revenue optimisation, strategic positioning and learning & development services.” The font sizes alone are baffling:

After a day of mourning on the airwaves after the legal challenge against the spare room subsidy cut was quashed, it would appear from this that the Beeb are struggling to find enough “victims”. So they’ve called in the private sector…

What the BBC Doesn’t Tell You

Bad news for the Department for Education this morning, or so the BBC would have you believe. Apparently a “university think tank” says that “the system of planning teacher training in England has broken down and risks a future shortage of teachers”. Doesn’t sound good, eh?

What the BBC doesn’t tell its readers is that the think tank in question, Million+, is quite obviously a Labour front. No mention that Pam Tatlow, quoted a length in the Beeb piece, ran as a Labour parliamentary candidate at the last election. No mention that their chairman, Michael Gunn, is a Labour luvvie who spoke at their conference last year. Nor that interim Head of Public Affairs is pally with the Fabian Society. And certainly not that the woman he is covering for, Victoria Mills, is a Labour councillor in Southwark and a National Officer for Unison. This is the top story on the education section of the BBC website. It is a classic sockpuppet…

YouGov Poll: Public Falls Out of Love With BBC

We are forever hearing that Auntie Beeb is one of the institutions cherished most by the British public, admittedly usually from the BBC itself. Now a YouGov poll has found this to be a myth. 36% think BBC programmes have got worse over the last ten years, just 23% see an improvement. 48% say the licence fee offers bad value for money, 72% slam them for paying executives too much and 70% say TV and radio presenters are paid too highly as well. Perhaps most worryingly for Lords Hall and Patten as they face the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon? 69% want a police investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing in BBC severance pay…

Jeremy Bowen Hit in Head By Shotgun Pellets in Egypt

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Huge BBC Pay-Offs Could be Matter for Police

Tory  MP Rob Wilson tells the Telegraph:

“I have therefore written to the National Audit Office today asking whether it has further information it can share about the process by which pay-offs were made and whether any element of

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BBC Blows £25 Million on Golden Goodbyes

150 top-ranking staff were given the huge severance payments over the last three years. George Entwistle pocketed £470,000, as well as £107,000 for costs for appearing as a witness at the Pollard Review. The other big winner was Chief Operating […]

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Graph of Everything That’s Wrong with BBC Question Time

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Appearances on BBC Question Time since the General Election.

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