Monday, November 17, 2014

You Present Nothing, Jon Snow

64 year old Paxo complained Newsnight had been taken over “by 13 year olds” when he quit in a huff in April, but will he be equally guilty of usurping his elders when he fronts Channel 4’s election night coverage next year? Spare a moment for Jon Snow, who, at 67, has been booted out of the way for the incoming younger man. Guido hears Jon is in a right tizz about it. Not the first time two grumpy old men have fallen out on TV.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Channel 4 Promotes Racist, Homophobic Fantasist

Last night Channel 4 aired “How Rich Are You?”, a one off special about supposed inequality presented by ex-BBC lefty luvvy Richard Bacon and quasi-Marxist Paul Mason. It was predictably a forum for Comrades Bacon and Mason to shore up their base, inviting Owen Jones et al along to join the party. In a carefully choreographed segment of audience interaction, the programme’s presenters sought the opinion of “Cody”, a man from Manchester who railed against the rich and claimed he was so hard done by he had to do “dodgy things” to get by. Mason’s introduction in the video below implies Cody’s appearance was teed up prior to broadcast.

Cody Aiden Lachey describes himself on Twitter as a “rough & ready former soldier”. He is in fact a fraud who was exposed after he appeared on Newsnight last year, where he was portrayed as an Afghanistan war hero despite being sent home after just two weeks for going AWOL and threatening to kill his battery Sergeant Major. Lachey is also an EDL-linked racist who told the Daily Star“I believe we need to declare war on Islam as ALL Muslims don’t like kafirs, non-believers.” A Twitter account appearing to be run by Lachey described gay footballer Thomas Hitzelsperger as a “puff, faggot who needs castrating”. Lachey also had the following exchange with Owen Jones, confusing him with IEA wonk Ryan Bourne:

Unfortunate that the working class hero chosen by Bacon and Mason to push their quasi-Marxist world view happens to be a fraud, a racist and a homophobe…

UPDATE: Cody has confirmed he was booked by Channel 4 prior to going on. He has responded to the story here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

WATCH: Establishment Lackey Disowns Nigel Farage

To summarise some of the politer Twitter responses, Neo-Guido, a salad-dodging establishment stooge, has sold out to the “LibLabCon”. Speaking on Channel 4 News last night he warned that Eurosceptics have growing concerns about UKIP’s impact on the Europe debate, saying that Farage’s comments on Romanians had “gone too far” and the relentless focus on immigration is damaging to the wider anti-EU cause.

Next this “EUSSR crony” will be “defending ZaNuLiebor”…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lobby Boris Bubble Deflates Embarrassingly Quickly in Newark

Astoundingly incompetent analysis from much of the political media this evening speculating on Boris standing in Newark. Only one problem – the local Tories have already selected their candidate back in November. CCHQ have been on a by-election footing for weeks as Guido reported in The Sun two weeks ago.

Michael Crick on Channel 4 News and the BBC’s Nick Robinson as well as Norman Smith have both been speculating that Boris might stand in Newark.  A little bit of investigative Googling would have revealed Robert Jenrick’s web page on conservatives.com.robert-jenrick

And his Twitter feed:

robert-jenrick

Or the press release

Cllr Stuart Wallace, Chairman of Newark Conservative Association, said:

“The Association wish to express our thanks for the work Patrick has done for Newark and for many of his constituents individually, over the last 13 years, both as a Conservative and as an Independent MP.

“Following Patrick’s earlier decision not to stand again, we selected a superb candidate, Robert Jenrick, who has already been very active locally.

“The Association are united in support for Robert and will be campaigning to ensure that he will be elected as Newark’s next MP.”

Doh!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Channel 4 News Economics Editor Runners and Riders

Faisal Islam’s move to Sky News means there is a much-coveted vacancy for the Channel 4 News Economics Editor. As ever MediaGuido gives you the rundown of some of the likely main contenders:

  • Allister Heath: The City AM editor’s columns are essential reading and he has a great knack at explaining complex economics stories simply, which will stand him in good stead for a TV role. He has made City AM into a respected and profitable newspaper. Is he enjoying running his own newspaper too much to want to work for someone else?
  • Rob Hutton: Bloomberg’s Lobby funnyman is a numbers guy who hasn’t jumped ship for a decade. One of the most well-liked people in the business. Has broadcast experience on the Bloomberg TV channel seen in dealing rooms. Journalese vocabulary will translate onto TV.
  • Ed Conway: Could the merry-go-round see Sky News’ economics editor replace the C4 economics editor who is replacing the Sky News political editor? Has impressed with his Budget coverage recently.
  • Liam Halligan: Telegraph columnist Halligan has barely been off the telly recently, offering a stronger insight into the Russia-Ukraine situation that just about anyone else. He’s had the C4 News Economics job before…
  • Dharshini David: Beaten to the ITV News business editor job by her Sky colleague Joel Hills, Dharshini will surely throw her hat into the ring for C4 as well.
  • Gillian Tett: The FT’s decorated assistant editor and finance commentator is another heavyweight contender. Guido suspects she has her eye on a bigger prize.
  • Becky Barrow: The Daily Mail’s business correspondent is another who had a good Budget. Bit wet for the Mail but could be a better fit at C4.

Guido’s inbox will no doubt shortly be sent more tips for the post.

You stay classy, Britain…

UPDATE: Maybe Dharshini’s bosses want to keep her:


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