BBC Uses ECHR to Block Release of Spin Bill

Last month the BBC produced a cinematic advert to “celebrate the unique role that the BBC plays in all of our lives”. Taking advantage of their massive media monopoly to beam Auntie’s spin into the nation’s front rooms, ahead of the coming battle for its future…

Ever the optimist, Guido fired off a Freedom of Information request to the notoriously opaque Beeb, asking how much licence fee payers stumped up for the very expensive looking advert. To our complete lack of surprise, the BBC are refusing to reveal the cost:

“The information you have requested is excluded from the Act because it is held for the purposes of ‘journalism, art or literature.’ The BBC is therefore not obliged to provide this information to you and will not be doing so on this occasion.”

Obviously the advert was not for the “purposes of journalism, art or literature”, so how can they get away with giving such a patently shoddy response? Their email explains:

“The limited application of the Act to public service broadcasters was to protect freedom of expression and the rights of the media under Article 10 European Convention on Human Rights.”

So the BBC are hiding behind laws made in Strasbourg to prevent the licence fee payer from knowing how much it spent on what is essentially a piece of propaganda. Guido is all for legislation protecting the rights of journalists, this is a clear abuse of that legislation. They just don’t get it…

Yentob Demands “Congratulations” as Lurid Rumours Swirl

On Wednesday the BBC’s spin arm briefed Media Guardian that its creative director Alan Yentob had not tried to influence Newsnight’s investigation into scandal-hit Kids Company, of which he is chairman. Yet on Channel 4 News last night, Yentob admitted he did phone Newsnight staff before the programme aired. He still insists “I don’t think I’ve abused my position in any way”.

In a bizarre interview, a heated Yentob said of sexual abuse allegations at Kids Company: “I don’t believe them for one minute”. He then weirdly demanded Matt Frei congratulate him for his role in running a charity which has now collapsed in disgrace:

“Why don’t you say to me, congratulations Alan?”

Judging by this tweet from the Mail’s media editor…

… it must have been a very long day…

Quentin Upsets BBC’s Greens

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Quentin Letts has really upset the Climate Alarmism lobby, chief among them Dick Black, the former BBC science and environment correspondent who now works for the grandly styled Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit – a propaganda website funded by rich Green philanthropists. According to Dick Black’s inevitable “why-oh-why” Guardian article, Quentin’s worst crime was laughing at the Met Office in breach of BBC guidelines…

Quentin’s crime was exacerbated because it was a programme he made for BBC Radio 4, “What’s the point of the… Met Office? which gently criticised the Met Office for lobbying MPs on Climate Change. The twitter lynch mob seems to have been led by Roger Harrabin, Dick Black’s successor as the BBC’s climate alarm correspondent.

As a result of Harrabin and friends causing a stink, there will now be an internal BBC “Feedback” inquest into Quentin’s programme. Quentin is away on holiday, so sadly can not take part, but his cardinal sin appears to have been failing to show proper belief in Climate Change. One of the voices he used was Piers Corbyn (brother of Jeremy), who is sceptical about the outlandish claims of the “we’re all going to die” lobby. Others were Peter Lilley and Graham Stringer. Guido suspects the Feedback process will be like a show trial from the Maoist China days but all this kerfuffle will only serve to highlight that the Met Office has been getting distinctly political, lobbying MPs and pushing the Climate Change orthodoxy. This may catch the eye of the minister responsibe for the Met Office and its fat-cat executives – Sajid Javid. Should Saj not now look at the future of the Met Office and see if its budgets can be trimmed so that it returns to the core mission of predicting the weather rather than political lobbying? 

Conflicted Yentob Slammed “Horrendous” BBC “Innuendo”

£330,000-a-year BBC bore Alan Yentob has been caught allegedly trying to block Beeb journalists from invesitgating Kids Company, the scandal-hit charity of which he is chairman. Yentob apparently “telephoned Newsnight staff hours before it aired” and tried to “influence the direction” of the story. A pretty massive conflict of interest, exposed in this denial Yentob issued about the original Kids Company allegations:

“Let me be clear. There was no financial mismanagement. Our books have been audited and we passed every audit with no concerns raised. What we have is a shortage of funds, which arises because children self-refer and our policy has been that no child should be turned away. You could say it’s an unsustainable policy, but it’s been sustainable for 18 years. There is no doubt in my mind that Camila has been unfairly vilified. The gossip and innuendo that she has had to deal with have been horrendous.”

On top of the alleged financial impropriety, police are investigating darker claims of sexual abuse by Kids Company staff members being covered up. Tory backbenchers are already calling for Yentob’s head…

I Can’t Believe He’s Not Tory!

Another BBC smear on the Marr show yesterday:

“Lord Coke, Tory peer’s drug binges with £200 prostitutes”

That would be Lord Sewel, independent peer since 2012, before which he was Labour…

Robbie Gibb New Head of BBC Westminster

A restructuring of the BBC’s Millbank operation is underway following the departure of Sue Inglish. Media Guido understands James Harding has closed her post of Head of Political Programmes and is creating a new ‘Head of BBC Westminster’. Congratulations are in order to Robbie Gibb, who is stepping up to take on the role in addition to his current job in charge of Live Political Programmes. He’s the Gibb on the right…

BBC In Shocking Ice Revelation

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The BBC‘s Environment Correspondent Matt McGrath has some stunning news for readers in a piece today revealing that Arctic sea ice increased by around a third in 2014.

when temperatures are cooler it leads to an increase in sea ice

McGrath was attempting to explain how, despite the BBC‘s long running campaign to warn the public that sea ice is disappearing, a slightly cooler summer in 2013 led to sea ice growth that more than compensated for losses recorded in the three previous years. Of course 2013 is being described as an “anomalous year.”

The cold never bothered Gaia anyway

BBC Avoids Questioning Janner

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Thought for the Day this morning on yet-to-be-privatised BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme was presented by Laura Klausner – Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. An interesting choice.  She is also Lord Janner’s daughter.  One can not hold a man’s deeds against his daughter, clearly, though the BBC’s sensitivities might be open to question. Was this not an occasion where one of the show’s journalists would have been justified in asking ‘how’s yer father?’

Norman Smith, On One

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Norman Smith’s Interpretive Labour Car Crash Dance

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Don’t Panic“, Norman Smith told Victoria Derbyshire this morning before he launched into a remarkable accurate interpretive dance analysis of the Labour Party’s rift over the Welfare Bill vote.

Best thing on the show yet.[…]

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BBC News Editor Trolls Jeremy Hunt

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Auntie has started claiming that the BBC is the “cultural equivalent of the NHS”. That must explain why Lucy Walker, editor of Newshour, is trolling the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Twitter. That famous BBC impartiality on display again… 

UPDATE: And the tweet has now magically disappeared down the memory hole.[…]

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Chris Bryant Caught on Camera

Poor old Chris Bryant was due on the BBC News Channel after Whitto had finished his down-the-line, when they cruelly cut to him at the most unfortunate of moments:

After all his hard work defending the Beeb, this is how they go and repay him…[…]

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BBC Accidentally Reveal Hand in Lobbying Letter

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The circle jerk continues. In another stunning success for the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Shower, invited guest Michael Palin coughed live on air that BBC director of Television Danny Cohen had personally called up the celebrities that signed the ‘independent’ letter to the Telegraph that argued against a single cut to the BBC. […]

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BBC Licence Fee Lobbying Circle Jerk

With impeccable timing, every MP has received a DVD and slurpy letter from the BBC’s lobbying wing.

Ostentatiously designed to show MPs the quality of recent BBC work, it’s no coincidence that the targeted lobbying campaign has taken place in the same week that Whittingdale launches his BBC Charter Review Green Paper.[…]

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Roll Call of Luvvies: BBC Turkeys Protest Christmas

Some surprise names on the list of celebs who have written in the Telegraph today calling on everyone to “leave the BBC alone”.

Why would they bite the hand that feeds them?

Other shock signatories include:

  • Claudia Winkelman (Strictly)
  • Adil Ray (Citizen Khan)
  • Jamie Oliver (BBC made him)
  • Prof Brian Cox (Ubiquitous across the corporation)
  • Nick Grimshaw (Radio 1)
  • Trevor Nelson (Radio 2)
  • Reggie Yates (various youth shows)
  • Clara Amfo (Radio 1)
  • Annie Nightingale (Radio 1)
  • Michael Palin (BBC documentaries)
  • David Attenborough (ditto)

Almost as if they’re worried about bumper Beeb salaries being in the firing line…[…]

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New Entry to BBC Pol Ed Runners

Buy shares in Kamal Ahmed according to well sourced summer party chatter.

The BBC’s Business Editor is suddenly tipped to be the next Political Editor.

As former Observer Pol Ed, he has the necessary credentials.

Luckily for James Lansdale, the BBC are set to make a quick decision on the job, leaving him free to jump to ITV should he be overlooked by Aunty.[…]

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