HIGHLIGHTS: Miliband Stumbles Exiting Stage Left

After a brutal decking by the Question Time audience, Ed could not get off the stage quick enough:

Oh dear…

This was a hell of a moment:

Apple Pillage the Beeb

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Not content with poaching star DJ Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1 in February for their upcoming streaming service, Apple have swooped in again to pinch four producers from the BBC’s youth focused radio station. It’s believed one of the producers leaving Broadcasting House is Kieran Yeates, widely regarded as the brains behind Radio 1’s talent spotting programme.

It seems working for a innovative and well respected company holds more appeal than rotting away in telly-tax funded bureaucratic hell . Techno hears worried BBC execs are calling it the ‘Apple crumble’…

Balanced BBC Forget Half the Election News Today

Head over to the BBC Election hub today and you won’t you won’t see Britain’s best read newspaper backing the Tories as a featured top story, nor the fact an opinion poll from a respected pollster has the Tories leading by five points. Apparently Natalie Bennett talking about climate change is news…

BBC Dodge Hodge Tax Scandal

Guess where you won’t find the Margaret Hodge story? Yep, on the BBC’s controversial election website…

They normally love a good Hodge tax quote. Odd…

1992 Newsnight Deja Vu: Tories Behind in the Polls, Labour Bookies Favourites

Paxman and Bad Al Campbell feature in this heavily as do rudimentary graphics showing Labour winning. Kelner pontificating, Heffer pessimistic, pundits pessimistically shaking their heads at the Tory campaign. Where did it all go wrong is the theme of Paxman on Newsnight.

Hmmmm…

Hat-tip: Ed Stradling for digging out the video.

 

BBC Jumps on Guardian’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Bandwagon

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BBC Environment Correspondent Helen Briggs has an explainer article out today on the pros and cons of the campaign to get people to divest from oil and gas companies. The piece could easily have been part of the Guardian’s own fossil fuels divestment coverage launched this month.

The ‘scientific’ viewpoint on divestment is dealt with in one sentence:

Scientific studies show that existing fossil fuel reserves are several times greater than can be burned if the world’s governments are to fulfil their pledge to keep global warming below the limit of 2C regarded as the threshold of dangerous climate change.

Just read Helen’s conclusion and see if you can tell which side of the ‘lets screw over the third world by forcing them to keep cooking over wood stoves’ debate she stands on…

“One view is that the recent drop in oil prices presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for governments to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies and introduce a price on carbon. This generally goes against government thinking and concern over job losses in the oil and gas industry. With the divestment campaign gathering pace – and momentum building for the Paris climate talks in December – there is renewed hope among campaigners. But with environmental policies getting little attention in the UK election, and coal, oil and gas companies continuing to spend billions on exploration, NGOs are already upping their rhetoric in calling for renewed government efforts over climate change.”

Fair and balanced…

Biased BBC Election Website At It Again

Here’s the BBC election website at the opening of play this morning. It’s a Labour wet dream:

Labour’s lines and policies feature prominently and are completely unquestioned.

The only mention of the Tories links back to an ancient story about a Cameron speech given on 14 April.

As regular readers will be aware, we’ve been here before.

Was that really the only angle they could find?

BBC Give Lifetime Achievement Award to Violence-Inciting Islamist Loon

The wild world of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards caused some trouble last night. Now morning has broken, Guido can reveal their new Lifetime Achievement winner isn’t a passenger on the peace train. The Beeb bestowed the honour on Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, who infamously said of Salman Rushdie:

“he must be killed. The Quran makes it clear: If someone defames the prophet, then he must die”

And here he is calling for Rushdie to be burned alive:

Yusuf later insisted he was only joking, don’t let me be misunderstood.

Plug Pulled on Labour Interview, Again!

After Jamie Reed’s death from smugness was saved by the live feed going down, today the plug was pulled on Chris Leslie…[…]

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Evan Davis v Nigel Farage

Metropolitan elitist versus the bloke from down the pub…[…]

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More BBC Website Bias: Food Bank Headline Claim Made Up

The BBC website lost all semblance of editorial impartiality yesterday, but how are they faring today? This headline makes their homepage this morning:

The claim comes from a report by the Trussell Trust, press released this morning as “Food bank […]

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Shapps Comes Out Fighting

It is fair to say all the evidence against Grant Shapps is purely circumstantial, there is no conclusive smoking gun, on that basis the Tory chairman would have a good case for defamation against The Guardian.  It is not […]

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