BBC Fishing For Foodbank Story

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The Beeb must be running out of foodbanks they can use to drive home the anti-austerity message, because one go-getting reporter has taken it upon herself to actively hunt out students who use them. BBC News’ Frankie McCamley sent the following email to the Imperial College Student Union, asking if they knew of anyone who was reliant on food handouts:

Subject: BBC Request: Student Food Banks

Student Union,

I am a reporter for the BBC. I am looking into the number of students using food banks. Do you have a food bank or are you affiliated with one? Is there anyone I could speak to who would be able to help me look into students who have to turn to food banks?

Many thanks

Frankie

Almost as if the national broadcaster has its own agenda.

BBC: Lucy Allan Pulled Out of Interview “Because She Wasn’t Allowed to Veto Questions”

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What’s going on here then? Embattled bullying row Tory Lucy Allan has apparently pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. BBC Shropshire report she was due to be interviewed for the Sunday Politics:

“The Telford MP Lucy Allan has pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. The Conservative politician was due to be interviewed for Sunday Politics in the West Midlands tomorrow.”

Allan says she wanted to make “sure that malicious false allegations made by ‘aliases’ were not repeated as if fact on a mainstream serious political programme”. She now says the suggestion she pulled out over not being allowed to veto questions is untrue:

Curiouser and curiouser…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight

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Tonight’s Question Time will be from Belfast. Guido expects Nigel Dodds will be as forthright as usual

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode will be from London. Guido of course sympathises with the Twitteratti, who have been keen to point out how deplorably right wing the panel is…

Beeb Slaps Down McDonnell’s #BBCDP “Private Company” Fib

John McDonnell is doing his best to keep Labour’s hopeless row with the BBC going, this time bizarrely – and wrongly – accusing the Daily Politics of being produced by “a private company”. McDonnell claims in an interview with Politics.co.uk:

“Remember, this is not an attack on the BBC and it’s not an attack on Laura Kuenssberg either. There is a private company that makes the Politics programme which is commissioned by the BBC… The editor of the programme obviously decided to do maximum damage to Jeremy’s standing.”

This is simply untrue.

A BBC spokesman stresses to Guido that the Daily Politics is not made by a “private company”. It is produced in-house by the Beeb. They say in response to McDonnell’s comments that “of course all our Politics programme are entirely consistent with the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines and values”. In other words, the Shadow Chancellor is talking B.S.

The most likely explanation is that McDonnell confused the Daily Politics with This Week, BBC2’s Thursday night politics programme which is made by a private company called Juniper TV. Needless to say they have nothing to do with the Daily Politics, and nothing to do with the Doughty resignation. Not like McDonnell to have difficulty with the truth

New BBC Three Logo Says BBC Two

Whoever designed the new logo for the soon to be online-only BBC Three clearly didn’t think it through. Bizarrely, it appears to say “BBC II”, with an exclamation mark. Guido will be firing off a Freedom of Information request asking how much the licence fee payer was billed for the Roman numeral innumerate graphic designer…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode will be from Slough. In the words of Piers Morgan, “Boom”.

LISTEN: John Major’s Tribute to Jim Naughtie

After 21 years, this morning was Jim Naughtie’s last time presenting the Today programme. John Major paid tribute:

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“I’ll miss you. Generally, you’ve asked the right questions, and mostly, you’ve listened to the answers.”

This will always be Guido’s favourite moment:

Goodbye…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode will be from Bath. Guido’s sure Quentin and Mary will get on like an Anglo-Saxon hut on fire…[…]

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Newsnight Ratings Blow as 10 O’Clock News Extended

The BBC have confirmed that that they will extend the 10 o’clock news bulletin by ten minutes in 2016. Media Guardian reports:

“The move to end the main bulletin at 10.45pm, first reported by the Guardian last week and expected to be announced officially later today, will increase the overlap with Newsnight, BBC2’s current affairs programme, which starts at 10.30pm.”

Of course, MediaGuido readers knew all about the changes six weeks ago:

“There are concerns that plans from Beeb bosses to let the News at Ten run on until 10:45pm would further eat into Newsnight’s ratings, dire news given the first ten minutes of the programme are already killed by the local news on BBC1.”

The move is killer for the already embattled Newsnight, which has recently been trimmed by five minutes.[…]

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Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode is in Birmingham. Sadly Brummie firebrand Jess Philips won’t be making an appearance…[…]

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Alan Yentob Quits

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Yentob’s statement in full:

“The BBC is going through particularly challenging times and I have come to believe that the speculation about Kids Company and the media coverage revolving around my role is proving a serious distraction.

“So I have spoken to Tony Hall and told him that I think it best that I step down from my senior management role as Creative Director at the end of this year and focus on programme making and TV production – including of course the Imagine Series. 

[…]

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ITV’s Allegra Stratton

As rumoured last week, Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton is off to ITV:

“BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton is to join ITV News’ line-up of specialist experts in the newly-created role of National Editor.

Allegra will work across ITV News’ full range of programmes, appearing frequently on News at Ten.

[…]

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Diane Abbott’s “Good Mao”

This from the archives emerged last night:

Mao seems to have more than one shadow cabinet fan…[…]

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Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode will be from Wythenshawe in Manchester. Maybe Ken will finally give a proper apology[…]

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Chinese Labour Camp Victim Contradicts McDonnell’s Green Room Claim

John McDonnell was on the Today programme this morning to defend his Mao “joke”, where he was condemned by Chinese author Diane Wei Liang, who was sent to a labour camp as a 3 year-old and forced to quote from the Little Red Book.[…]

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