Happy 18th Birthday BBC News 24

It’s 18 years today since BBC News 24 first aired, so here is their old school début broadcast with Gavin Esler and Sarah Montague. With perfect timing, they were talking about “the CBI and the Conservatives at odds over Europe” then too…

H/T @HenryCP

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

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Tonight’s episode will be from Tottenham. It will be Chuka’s first appearance on QT as a newly engaged man…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

Tonight’s episode is up in Edinburgh. Five points if you can manage to get through Billy Bragg’s first answer without switching off…

Yentob Regrets ‘Intimidating’ BBC Producer

Readers will remember the furore caused when the BBC’s beleaguered creative director Alan Yentob stood in the Today Programme cubicle while they interviewed Camila Batmanghelidjh. At the time Yentob was blasted by his own BBC colleagues for pressurising Today staff.

Today Yentob admitted for the first time that he did stand in the cubicle. He says “if it was intimidating I regret it”. The best television Yentob has done in years…

Danny Cohen to Leave BBC

The BBC’s Director of Television is off:

“After eight wonderful years at the BBC, it is time for my next big challenge. BBC Television is on brilliant creative form. I feel very privileged to have led Television for the world’s finest public service broadcaster and to have worked with so many smart and talented people. In particular, I’d like to thank my fantastic team across BBC Television, all the people who have been involved with making our programmes in the last few years, my colleagues on the Executive Board and Tony Hall, who I admire greatly.”

Cohen will leave at the end of November…

“15 Months to Save the BBC”: Dugher Lifts Burnham’s Failed NHS Spin

You would have thought Labour might have learned from Andy Burnham’s tiresome “save the NHS” nonsense before the election. In 2011 Labour said there were just 72 hours to save the NHS. In 2012, they said there were only 24 hours to save it. And earlier this year, they said there were “100 days until the election, 100 days to save the NHS“. 153 days later and, shockingly, the NHS is still here…

Voters didn’t believe this transparent scaremongering, though that hasn’t stopped new Shadow Culture Secretary Michael Dugher from trying the exact same trick with the BBC. He says this morning that “We now have 15 months left to save the BBC” or else it will be “dismantled“. What’s the betting that Auntie is still here at the beginning of 2017…

Michael Gove on “Young Gay Love”

The BBC archive have dug up a clip of a dapper young Michael Gove in his journalist days reporting on a gay rights march:

He hasn’t changed a bit…

Robert Peston to Join ITV and Rival Andrew Marr

The Peston job saga carried on for longer than it takes for him to finish a sentence, but he has at last made his decision. According to Media Guardian, Peston will become ITV political editor and will also “host a new Sunday morning chatshow”, rivalling Andrew Marr. He’s off…

11 Policies Splitting Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

This remarkable Sunday Politics interview with Blairite Corbyn Shadow Cabinet member Lord Falconer is well worth a watch:

The full list of policies on which Falconer and Corbyn/McDonnell disagree:

  • Europe
  • Nato
  • Trident
  • Bank of England independence
  • Academies
  • Benefit cap
  • Nationalising

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Corbynomics Guru Gets Brillo’d

Obscure tax blogger and Twitter eccentric Richard Murphy is now unofficially advising Corbyn on his economic policy. Readers will remember Guido’s past stories on the hypocritical ‘tax justice’ campaigner, well today he got Brillo’d on the Daily Politics:[…]

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BBC Trust Grilled Over Deaf Tory Smear

Where was BBC trustee Richard Ayre when Guido’s story about the Beeb smear of Alec Shelbrooke broke? Waxing lyrical at the DCMS committee about how Auntie “operates to higher standards than other broadcasters” and that “the trust requires […]

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Moment BBC Cameraman Floored

Uh oh:

This is the moment it happened:

[…]

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