A bold tactic…
Turns out Ed’s not tough enuss to stand up to Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton.
Remember that Tory candidate turned UKIP defector who said “I just want to send the lot back“? Could she be Grimsby’s next MP?
Jimmy Mulville of Hat Trick Productions says:
“On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News For You. We fully expect him to resume his hosting duties later in the year.”
The BBC’s chief technology officer, Matthew Postgate, has claimed that by spending £285 million to prop up the Corporation’s creaking technology infrastructure for the next two years, they will actually be saving £90 million. ‘Negotiating’ £90 million off a ridiculous quote doesn’t mean you saved £90 million…
In a rambling blog post, Postgate trumpets the BBC’s great success in forking out almost £300 million to keep their tech backend running, hailing it as a sign of “financial efficiency.” He also claimed the BBC are “moving away from one monolithic, long term contract with a single supplier, to multiple shorter-term contracts with a number of specialist companies.” Aunty Beeb is currently offering a 7-10 year IT contract worth hundreds of millions…
“I first met Ed when I went to a friend’s house for dinner,” Justine Miliband tells the Mirror today:
“I was interested in him, I thought he was good looking and clever and seemed to be unattached. But we just went down a conversational cul-de-sac. Apparently we had nothing in common. He wanted to talk about economics – one of my least favourite subjects. None of our conversations went anywhere. Then I found out he was secretly going out with the woman who had invited us for dinner. I was furious.”
But who was Ed’s secret lover at the time? According to John Rentoul it was Stephanie Flanders…
Flanders has admitted to dating both Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, though friends had always claimed it was in the nineties. Curious…
“Could the secrecy have been because he was a Treasury special adviser Stephanie Flanders was BBC economics journalist”, mused Rentoul on Twitter today. Questions to which the answer is oooooh.
Definitely not ripping off Bill Bailey, Radio 1 DJ Greg James says he “realised the full potential” of the BBC News theme as “a massive club banger”. Hereford was on one (o’clock news)…
In the wake of “vicious abuse” aimed at the BBC’s Scotland correspondent James Cook, the Beeb have taken the extraordinary step of releasing a statement in response:
BBC Scotland today made a robust defence of its journalists in the wake of a barrage of abuse on social media and other online sites.
The broadcaster called for restraint by some social media users who are following its in-depth coverage of the General Election campaign but have resorted to posting or sharing offensive comments about members of staff.
Over the weekend, BBC Scotland reporters covering breaking political stories were subjected to abusive posts on social media and by email.
Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland’s Head of Programmes and Services, said that while social media engagement is welcomed by the broadcaster, its journalists are entitled to be treated with respect.
She said: “We welcome social media engagement with our audiences. It was a significant element of last year’s Referendum, and for the General Election we are increasing the ways in which voters can access our coverage online with more shareable content such as video and audio clips.
“But there are times when social media and other online sites have been used to abuse and threaten journalists. This is completely unacceptable and our journalists are entitled to carry out their work without the threat of unwarranted personal attacks online.
“The safety of our staff is of paramount concern to us and we are doing everything in our power to ensure they can carry out their work helping to inform our audiences on this major story without intimidation or abuse.”
Did Ed Balls once p*ss on Norman Smith’s chips or something?[…]