Monday, December 2, 2013

Patten of Cover Ups at BBC

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, part-time BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten is involved in a cover-up of a cover-up. The Beeb spent £3 million of licence fee-payers’ cash investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal and why a Newsnight exposé of it was shelved. It later emerged the Pollard Report did not contain the key piece of evidence that Mark Thompson was told about the allegations the show was preparing to make. This we already know, and Lord Patten continues to claim the report was all above board despite two weeks ago being played a tape recording of Nick Pollard admitting his report is deeply flawed and that he made “a mistake”. Despite this, Patten is dragging his feet with this new evidence. Perhaps he’s distracted by one of his other ten jobs. Stay tuned, there is more to come this week…

Friday, November 29, 2013

Video Says No

Labour’s digital strategy is still having some pretty unfortunate teething problems. For some strange reason they have had to take down this week’s big video by Miliband guru Arnie Graf from YouTube. At the time of going to pixel it is marked as private:

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Guido understands it was BBC News boss James Harding who intervened over the use of BBC Parliament footage. Doh!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cry Baby Bruce Turns on Today

Lots to talk about at tomorrow’s big strategy day at Labour HQ. Mainly how to whine, sorry win. Bargain basement strategist Bruce Hawker’s cry baby tactic is on display again this morning. Here is more of his wisdom, as told to Progress:

“Utilise social media as a strong alternative means of disseminating your message. It is also a very effective medium to lampoon and expose media bias. And enlist their competition to expose bias.”

The Labour press team has been noticeably more whiny over the last few days, calling Times editor John Witherow a “Tory mouthpiece”. As Guido pointed out last week, this is a deliberate shoot the messenger strategy.

Now they are going after that well-known bastion of right-wing bias, the Today programme:

Strewth! It’s going to be a long 18 months with all this moaning…

Graphic via The Australian.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Surely Not Another Newsnight Sacking

Emily Maitlis took to Twitter during last night’s Newsnight:

A sentiment echoed in living rooms across the country…

Friday, November 1, 2013

LISTEN: Paul Gambaccinni on Jimmy Savile

“Yes, but…”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Where do the BBC Go to Find the New Peston?

The Guardian, of course. The Beeb are advertising Pesto’s old job in the paper’s job section. You don’t have to read the Guardian to work at the BBC, but it helps…

Monday, October 14, 2013

Secret Handshake for Tories at the Beeb

Earlier Guido pointed out that Kevin Maguire was using the fact Tory MP Charlotte Leslie once worked as a researcher on the Weakest Link as proof that the BBC was not biased, well Ms. Leslie gets in touch:

“It was at the BBC that a fellow Conservative caught me by the lift, gave me a secret handshake having overheard a phone conversation I’d had with a Conservative friend and whispered ‘I’m a Conservative too, but don’t let them find out or you’ll be going nowhere’. Be worth a little survey of Conservatives in the BBC, and just how socially acceptable it is to be one!”

A few token Tories, however high-profile, can never balance out a culture…

The Weakest Defence

Kevin Maguire says the BBC cannot possibly be left-wing because Brillo once worked as a Tory researcher and Nick Robinson was a wet YC. He then manages to find a few other high profile Beeb characters like Craig Oliver, Thea Rogers, Will Walden and Chris Patten as proof there is nothing wrong. Less than half a dozen people in a organisation that has 8,000 journalists and 26,000 employees.

But panic not, Kev’s piece-de-resistance is still to come: “Bristol Con MP Charlotte Leslie was a researcher on The Weakest Link”. No further questions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tory Gain: Flanders Quits BBC for JP Morgan

Word is that the “Chief Market Strategist, UK and Europe” job title it is more of a PR rather than investment role, being a high profile public face for the firm.

Champagne corks will be going off in No. 11 later.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WATCH: BBC Presenter Mistakes Paper For iPad

Could happen to anyone…

Via @gregburke

Seen Elsewhere

Inside an Islamist Takeover Plot School | Newsnight
Ed Heads to Scotland | Sun
Assad’s New Chemical Weapon Attacks | National Review
Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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