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

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.

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. Just like that in a puff of pixels…

UPDATE: Perhaps Lucy was advised of the BBC Social Media staff guidelines:

Personal social media use –

a) A useful summary has always been and remains: ‘Don’t do anything stupid’. Considering you’re on show to anyone who sees what you do on social media, another way of summarising it would be: ‘You’re a BBC journalist; act like it.’

b) The need for care applies all the time, on all services, regardless of ‘privacy’ settings, the intended audience, or if it’s a ‘direct’ or ‘private’ message. Posts on sites like Facebook, or Direct Messages on Twitter, that you may think are restricted can be easily and quickly shared with much wider audiences. Assume anything you do or say can be seen by anyone.

c) If you’re editorial staff, it doesn’t make any difference whether or not you identify yourself as someone who works for the BBC. It’s fine to say where you work in bios and ‘About’
sections. It’s good to talk about what you do. But the handle, name or main title of your activity shouldn’t include ‘BBC’, to avoid giving the impression what you’re doing is somehow
part of official BBC output (unless it is – see below). You should make clear that any views expressed are personal, and not those of the BBC.

d) You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality. Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way. Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute. Don’t anonymously sanitise Wikipedia pages and similar websites about the BBC. Don’t criticise your colleagues. Don’t reveal confidential BBC information, including sensitive stories or deployments you or others are working on. Beware revealing information that may risk the safety of you or your colleagues. If you’re deployed to sensitive or dangerous places, switch off functionality on electronic devices and social media services that reveal your location.

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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BBC Cock Up ‘micro:bit’ Rollout

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The BBC ‘micro:bit’ is a pocket sized computer that is supposed to be a gateway drug to coding for school children. It was officially launched this month with the promise that every child in ‘Year 7’ would receive one the devices.[…]

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BBC Spins For its Life

The BBC’s war on waste continues with an expensive cinematic advert that is never off our screens at the moment. It is being dutifully tweeted out by all of the Beeb’s top names:

The BBC say the expensive production was commissioned to “celebrate the unique role that the BBC plays in all of our lives”:

“For waking us up, and getting us going.

[…]

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BBC: Half the World’s Wildlife Lost in Last 40 Years

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In the last 40 years the world has lost half its wildlife” claimed Sarah Montague on the Today Programme as she introduced Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes Games, who also repeated, unchallenged, the bizarre wildlife extinction claim:

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“As you say that report last year from the World Wildlife Fund clearly showed that we lost 50% of the world’s wildlife in the last 40 years.”

If the WWF figure sounds like cow poop, that’s because it.[…]

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