Blundering BBC Broadcast Hillsborough Verdict

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The jury at the three year-long Hillsborough inquest have reached a majority verdict, which cannot be reported until 11am tomorrow morning. So it’s a pretty major blooper for the BBC to broadcast that verdict in their headline caption, redacted by Guido in the above image. Here is the Beeb reporter outside the court pretending not to know the result and explaining why they should not have put it up on the screen:

Potentially in contempt of court…

BBC Critique of Osborne’s Dodgy Dossier Mysteriously Toned Down

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The BBC’s Reality Check service tore into Osborne’s dodgy dossier on Monday, dismissing his £4,300 figure as “questionable and probably not particularly helpful”. Yet for some mysterious reason the version appearing on the site today has been toned down. The words “it’s not true”, referring to the Chancellor’s top line figure, havevanished with no explanation. The rest of the criticism remains, but that killer line is gone. Curiouser and curiouser…

Pienaar New BBC Deputy Pol Ed

He is replacing James Landale and will be keeping his Sunday radio show on 5Live. A programme which has punched well above its weight in terms of setting the agenda…

Dave Gets His Daily Dose

Another happy reader – Dave shares with the House the news, as revealed by Guido, that the BBC, Mirror Group, and Guardian have all been using offshore investment funds. Sign up to the Guidogram here to get your daily dose too… 

BBC’s £84 Million in Bermuda

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Cameron’s taxes and the Panama Papers have led the BBC News bulletins for the past week, yet licence fee payers remain unenlightened about Auntie’s own offshore financial arrangements. What better place to start than the 2013 BBC Pensions report, which lists investments held by the Beeb’s £9 billion employee benefit scheme. Scroll down to page 16 and it is disclosed that the BBC used investment managers Nephila Capital Ltd to invest £84 million:

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Nephila Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nephila Holdings Limited and is a Bermuda domiciled company. As the BBC lines up pundits to jump on the outrage bus about Dave’s £30,000 in a Panamanian unit trust, they stashed £84 million with investors based in Bermuda. There is lots more of this…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Euro-fireworks…

Diane Abbott: Parliamentary Beard of the Year

When contestants on BBC game show Think Tank were asked for the name of the winner of the 2015 Parliamentary Beard of the Year…

… One contestant decided to have some fun…

Good effort Jackie.

H/T @stackee

Labour MEP’s Migrants “Final Solution” Gaffe

Readers may remember the last time Labour let gaffe-prone Claude Moares go on telly to talk about migrants. It did not go well. Today the portulent clanger specialist struck again on the Daily Politics, telling Andrew Neil we need a “final solution” to the migrant crisis. Oh dear.

CBI’s Unofficial Campaign to Remain

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The CBI has announced that it will make the “economic case [for Britain] to remain’ in the EU, following an internal poll revealing that 80% of members support staying in. Yet they’re refusing to officially endorse Remain…

“The CBI presently is not planning to register as a permitted participant with the Electoral Commission.

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James Landale Leaving Westminster

Consistently and harshly overlooked for the top BBC politics jobs, Landale is off. He can come back when the PM isn’t also an Etonian… oh…[…]

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Gerry Downing Gets Brillo’d

Gerry Downing was given the opportunity to broadcast his call for socialist revolution on the Daily Politics. He also refused to condemn ISIS and elaborated on his views about “the Jewish question”…[…]

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BBC’s TV Euro-Debate ‘Revenge’ on No. 10

The BBC has been stepping up the pressure on Downing Street over the show-piece live referendum debate at Wembley stadium. Sources with intimate knowledge of the Beeb’s preliminary offer to Craig Oliver claim they proposed a 4 v 4 debate in front the audience of 12,500, suggesting the following line-up:

Remain: George Osborne, Alan Johnson, Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas

Leave: Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Iain Duncan Smith, George Galloway

This is a hardball proposal, and one which Downing Street is sure to shoot down.[…]

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Ed Davey Defends EDF Deal

Ed Davey’s worst ever Hinkley Point C deal, which will allow owners EDF to charge treble the current market rate for 35 years, was featured on the Today Programme this morning. The BBC failed to mention at any point before, during, or after Davey’s interview that he is now working for EDF’s lobbying firm, MHP.[…]

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Media Minister Monitor: Battle of the Producers

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Yesterday Guido brought you Minister Media Monitor, our new resource monitoring ministerial broadcast appearances. As Craig Oliver implements a “one minister a day” policy, the battle is on between producers to land a government spokesman for their programme. In February Sky News and the World at One were the most successful at getting ministers on, followed by the Today programme and Question Time.[…]

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Betting Suspended on Newsnight Political Editor

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Paddy Power have suspended betting on the Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn being the new Newsnight political editor. His opening price of 5/1 quickly shortened after a flurry of bets from “in the know” punters apparently, though one told Paddy Power “my only inside knowledge is someone said he looked more cheerful than usual last week”.[…]

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Jim’ll Fix It Staffer Alleges Drugs, Glory-Holes and BBC Corruption

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A former BBC employee who worked on Jim’ll Fix It gets in touch with his experience of Television Centre in the 1970s. Here is his account of drugs, glory-holes and widespread corruption:

I worked there through part of the period.

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