Here’s a Poll the BBC Didn’t Report

According to the BBC, support for the telly tax has been rocketing exponentially over the last decade and now lies somewhere north of 50%. Well, here’s a poll Aunty isn’t reporting on…

This new ComRes poll shows 52% would favour scrapping the license fee and making the BBC fund itself, while just 41% back the current system. Most people think it should generate income from advertising while over a third support the introduction of a subscription model. If Netflix can do it…

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.

No. 10 is also expected to announce details of the latest list of cronies and donors to be bunged peerages this afternoon as well. Probably not a coincidence that TfL have chosen today to announce that they are backing down to the union bullyboys over all night tubes, either. A good day to bury bad news, not so good for holding power to account…

MPs Swamped By BBC Lobbying Effort

Surely the BBC would not be so silly as to orchestrate an attempted mass lobbying effort of MPs ahead of the coming battle for its future? This identical email has been sent to a number of MPs from a number of constituents today:

Hi,

I think it’s vital we have a strong and independent BBC. I don’t want to see its funding cut or independence compromised.

I’ve taken some time to fill in the government’s BBC Charter Review public consultation. I’ve included my responses below for you to see.

Please do everything in your power to protect our BBC.

Thanks

Beeb-sceptic Tories suspect a put up job. Whoever is responsible, any campaigner worth his salt knows no MP pays attention to annoying mass emails…

BBC: People Can’t Live Without the BBC

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A “deprivation study” in which  people agreed not to use BBC services for nine days has found that people can’t live without the BBC. The study was commissioned by and funded by the BBC…

According to the study, which was more of a focus group, more than two-thirds of people who were originally against paying the license fee had a Damascene conversion during their BBC cold turkey and now support the telly tax. One convert described life without the BBC as “absolutely dreadful, just awful” and would now “probably willingly pay even more“, while another confessed it was “shocking” how much she watched BBC programmes and she had “just took it for granted“.

In other news a study commissioned by rival broadcaster NKTV in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has found a 100% satisfaction level with the supreme leader…

BBC World News Broke Broadcast Rules by Running Green Propaganda

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BBC World News has systematically been accepting ready made green propaganda programmes that were given to them for free or for negligible cost. They then ran the content as current affairs programming without telling their audience.

The shocking revelation are made in an Ofcom report that shows BBC World News consistently broke broadcast rules. The offending shows include:

Taking the Credit – a programme about carbon trading that was produced a funded by a third party. BBC World News ran it in the run up to the Copenhagen climate change summit. Ofcom found it broke Rule 9.1 of the broadcasting code prohibiting of the sponsorship of current affairs programming.

Burning Bush and  REDD Alert – programmes with considerable emphasis on climate change and the potential role of the the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) might play in combating it. REDD funded both programmes. Ofcom found it broke three rules concerning the sponsorship of news and current affairs programmes.

Conservation from Chaos – a show was funded by the United Nations Environment Programme the United Nations Development Programme that again plugged the UN’s REDD Programme. Ofcom found it breached three rules concerning the sponsorship of news and current affairs programmes.

 Hard Rain 1 and Hard Rain 2 – both programmes examining the apparent plight of the Pacific state of Kiribati in the face off climate change were funded by the United Nations Development Programme. Ofcom found it breached three broadcast rules concerning the sponsorship of news and current affairs programmes.

The BBC are covering the release of the Ofcom report by highlighting that it criticised ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent for misleading viewers about a stunt dog… Imagine the outrage of these shows had been sponsored by an oil company…

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.[…]

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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…[…]

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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.[…]

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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.[…]

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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.[…]

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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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Heather Wheeler talks to Burton Mail about her tweet…

“It was a tongue in cheek pop after the European Parliament tweet – it was purely that. I also wanted to congratulate Team GB on a brilliant result and thirdly congratulate the Commonwealth countries who also did very well. Fourth, I am also looking forwarded to establishing new trade agreements. That was it – nothing more. Let’s just enjoy the summer!”

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