Tonight’s Question Time will be from Belfast. Guido expects Nigel Dodds will be as forthright as usual…
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…
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…
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…
Tonight’s episode will be from Slough. In the words of Piers Morgan, “Boom”.
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:
Tonight’s episode will be from Bath. Guido’s sure Quentin and Mary will get on like an Anglo-Saxon hut on fire…
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. The longer news bulletin on BBC1 is looking at spending more time on each story, and running in depth political interviews with Laura K. The fear is that renders Newsnight somewhat obsolete…
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.
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.
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.[…]