Bong! Bong! Bong! BBC News Theme is “Massive Club Banger”

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)…

BBC: Leave Our Broadcasters Alone

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.”

BBC on Labour Non Dom Gaffe: “It’s All Gone Pear Shaped”

Did Ed Balls once p*ss on Norman Smith’s chips or something?

BBC Offers £230 Million To Look After Its ‘Interconnections’

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The BBC have taken what they believe to be an important step in their bid to get better value from their IT contracts by offering a £230 million contract for someone to manage their ‘connectivity services.’ The winner of the contract will have to provide the the “interconnections” that support the Beeb’s IT networks and broadcast signal kit.

The contract is being offered as part of the BBC’s move away from monolithic single supplier deals – the state broadcaster has spent billions on IT over the past decade. The “connectivity services” deal is one of seven new contracts to replace their previous mega-deal with Atos.

Delays in rolling out the new contracts have already cost the BBC £285 million.

They seem confident that the telly tax booty will keep rolling in..

Update: A nice man from the BBC has written in to complain that the line “Delays in rolling out the new contracts have already cost the BBC £285 million” is misleading as the £285 million they bunged Atos was a “significant saving on what we otherwise would have been spending.” Techno is happy to clarify that the £285 million of telly tax booty the Beeb was forced to shell out after they cocked up their introduction of a ‘tower model’ for their tech framework was indeed less then they would have been paying under their previous £2 billion contract with ASOS.

Cutting Edge Debate Analysis From the BBC

10 hours to go…

Lucy Powell Falls Apart Under Questioning, Again

Clarkson Won’t Face Cop Rap

Oisin Tymon says he doesn’t want to press charges. Sorry lefties.

BBC Editor Who Bit Colleague Was Made Director General

Worth remembering the time an editor on the BBC News “turned, snarled, and sank his teeth into [the] left upper arm” of a junior colleague. The biter? Mark Thompson, later promoted to Director General. Clarkson for DG…

Via @liarpoliticians

James May Hints He’s Off With Clarkson

“We work very much as a package.”

Buy ITV and BSkyB…

UPDATE:

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Looks like Hammond’s off too:

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Clarkson Out: Buy ITV Shares

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Statement from Tony Hall:

It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after

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#BringBackClarkson: Premature Telegraph?

After the Telegraph claimed over night that he was Jeremy Clarksoff, we get this:

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Clarkson to be Sacked Tomorrow: Report

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The Telegraph has the story:

Jeremy Clarkson is to be sacked as Top Gear presenter after a BBC investigation concluded he did attack a producer on the programme.

Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, is expected to

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