Thursday, June 19, 2014

Labour Policy Announcement Achieves Widespread Coverage

On the day Ed Miliband made his big new policy announcement on welfare, the BBC is talking about their broken promise on owls:

Ross Hawk-ins’ finest hour…

Friday, June 6, 2014

Rusbridger: We Need the BBC to Go Out of Business

Evan Davis and Alan Rusbridger got their handbags out at a media luvvie lunch. Davis touched a nerve by arguing that the newspaper industry needs three dailies to go out of business to survive, provoking a much more sensible alternative suggestion from the Guardian editor. Press Gazette has the video:

ED: “Really, we need, don’t we… a healthy, vibrant, five-newspaper industry, good newspapers, well resourced, print and online. We need three dailies to go out of business don’t we? There’s just a ridiculous over capacity in this market. How does that happen? We don’t seem to be seeing papers exiting the market, which is what happens when the technology changes and the demand for that product diminishes.”

AR: “Well, I’m going to make a very cheap point here, Evan, and say that the same is true of the BBC. We need the BBC to go out of the market.”

Elsewhere this week, Harriet Harman raised the possibility that Labour would support the abolition of the licence fee. Auntie’s friends are turning on her…

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nick Robinson Accidentally Tweets His Own Mobile Number

Oops!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Newark Responds to Mass Immigration of Politicians

Enough to feed a People’s Army…

Bookies Suspend Newsnight Betting on Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have suspended betting on Channel 4′s Krishnan Guru-Murthy replacing Paxman at Newsnight. Paddy Power tell MediaGuido “we suspended the bet as people were lumping on Krishnan”, who at one stage was a 20/1 long shot. Over the weekend several media sources placed him in the chair. Last night MediaGuido asked a coy Krishnan if the bookies were correct to stop taking bets, after taking some time to come up with his line he replied:

“I’ve not commented on any speculation for obvious reasons and never do. Let’s have a drink sometime”

Guido was tempted to just ask him the same question 14 times to get Krishnan in the inquisitorial mood for NewsnightPaxman leaves this month so Guido will put the champagne on ice for that drink with Krishnan…

Friday, May 30, 2014

WATCH: Joey Barton Compares UKIP to An Ugly Girl

In case you missed it on Question Time last night, here is the moment footballer Joey Barton gave us his somewhat colourful metaphor to describe UKIP:

“If I’m somewhere and there was four really ugly girls I’m thinking, well, she’s not the worst. That’s all you are.”

Not sure the outraged reaction from UKIP’s Louise Bours was the best response…

Thursday, May 29, 2014

LibDem Hissy Fit at Being Dropped From Question Time

Guido isn’t sure that publicly declaring your relegation to the fourth party of British politics is a wise media strategy, but that is what the LibDem press office has decided to do this afternoon:

Turns out 7% doesn’t get you much representation on the Question Time panel. Instead tonight you can tune in to see Piers Morgan and Joey Barton. Who are still probably more popular than the LibDems…

Sunday, May 25, 2014

WATCH: Farage BBC Interview From 17 Years Ago

Nigel Farage, in 1997, a candidate for a new party going by the name U.K.I.P:

“What started as a murmur in the pubs and clubs and wherever people congregate in this country is now beginning to reach a crescendo roar and what people are saying is get Britain out… I joined the Conservative Party when I was 13 or 14 years old. I was excited by much of what Mrs Thatcher was trying to do during the 1980s. I felt that I was always going to be a Conservative. It didn’t seem possible to me that the Conservative Party would so actively betray all that this country stands for.”

Seventeen years later…

Friday, May 23, 2014

BBC News Warn All News Staff Over Anti-UKIP Tweets

After Guido revealed anti-UKIP outbursts from senior BBC staff, the head of the BBC newsroom, Mary Hockaday, has emailed all Beeboids telling them to keep schtum online:

From: Mary Hockaday
Sent: 22 May 2014 15:59
To: Newsroom-Wider Management
Subject: Social media

A reminder that we have well established and very clear social media guidance that applies to all staff in news. It’s in the attached PDF and also here: http://bbc.in/1kZVjPk

Social media is now a vital part of our work, allowing us to get our journalism to new audiences, connect with people, and gather news as it happens.

But the guidance is clear when it comes to personal activity: “As a BBC member of staff – and especially as someone who works in News – there are particular considerations to bear in mind. They can all be summarised as: ‘Don’t do anything stupid’.”

I’d also specifically draw your attention to the following section: “You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality. Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way. Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute.”

Thank you, Mary

A bit late now the votes have actually been cast and the tweets already sent.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Another BBC Producer Publicly Attacks UKIP “Lunatics”

After Guido slotted BBC News Channel’s Jasmine Lawrence for her anti-UKIP online ranting, forcing the BBC to divert the deputy editor from political duties, others have been frantically deleting tweets. BBC producer/reporter Sally Challoner chose today to delete her anti-English Democrat postings, but Radio 4′s  Rosemary Baker has not been so quick:

You can run, BBC Bolsheviks, but you cannot hide. 

UPDATE: Baker has protected her account so the Tweet is no longer publicly available. As ever Guido has the screenshot:


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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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