Another Double-Jobbing Broadcast Boss Channel 4 Could Grill

Cathy Newman gave BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead a going over on Channel 4 News last night for earning half a million quid from her second job at HSBC. On top of the £110,000-a-year she trousers from her 3 day week at the Beeb.

Tune in tonight where Cathy will surely be grilling another taxpayer-funded broadcast boss. Terry Burns is paid a salary of £100,000 for five days a month, which, like Rona, is topped up with a six figure second job as a director at a bank, Santander.

Except Cathy isn’t going to be grilling him this evening, because Burns is the chairman of Channel 4…

Channel 4 News Economics Editor: Capitalism “Past Its Best”

Ah, Paul Mason. Channel 4’s resident communist hero-worshipper has taken some time out of spinning for Syriza to write this gem for the New Statesman‘s ironically titled “saying the unsayable” series:

“It’s becoming just about sayable, though to howls of pain, that neoliberal economics is nonsense. And that the neoliberal model is broken. What’s hard for the economics profession to accept is what this means: that capitalism itself could be past its best. The traditional escape mechanism – adaptation through high-value job creation and the creation of new technologies – becomes hard to maintain once information technology pervades everything, tanking production costs. So we are stuck: we fear automating en masse because we can’t imagine what jobs people will do who are displaced. This is the clearest sign that we might be living through a 500-year turning point, not just a 50-year one, with the exhaustion of a model and a financial crash.”

How exactly has the “neoliberal model” – or capitalism, as more rational people call it – fared in the last 40 years? Well it has delivered an 80% decline in world poverty for starters:

Does that really look like a “broken” model?

Suzanne Evans Confuses Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Faisal Islam

If you are a UKIP spokesman doing an interview about your party’s problems with racism, you probably should try not to confuse Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy with Sky News’ inimitable Faisal Islam.

Yet, spectacularly, that is what Suzanne Evans did last night:

Suzanne isn’t even the first ‘Kipper to mix up poor old Krishnan and Faisal. Godfrey Bloom made the exact same mistake back in 2013.

Guido always confuses Jon Snow and Adam Boulton…

UPDATE: In Vine form:

Idiocy of Channel 4’s News Wall

C4IDIOCY

Channel 4 News has discovered animated GIFs. They have launched a web page full of them – presumably for people who find reading 140 character tweets too mentally taxing. The flickering GIFs come with a health warning that “they may cause seizures”What a waste of pixels…

What is Wrong With the Lobby?

The Nation’s Favourite Focus Group Slaughters Miliband, Again



Miliband V Gogglebox. The gift that keeps on giving…

Lindsey Hilsum, Live from Benghazi, On the…

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Good night?

C4/Sky Live Leaders Interviews Next Thursday

Guido hears that both the PM and Ed Miliband are in for the Paxo/Kay Burley grilling next Thursday (26 March).

Live 90 min show, 9pm on Sky and Channel 4. Location TBC.

Al Murray Gets Cricked

Something tells Guido that Al isn’t finding politics that much of a laugh…[…]

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Jacob Rees Mogg Attacks Broadcasters, “Lefty BBC”

Sound…[…]

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“Leave UKIP Alone!”

A very sweary NSFW treat from the a very upset UKIP voter who did not like last night’s Channel 4 drama:

 

“F**k you Channel 4, F**k your propaganda, because I’m voting UKIP, so f**k you. Thank you very much”[…]

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1,000 Complaints and Counting for #100DaysOfUKIP

Channel 4′s race-baiting mockumentry is getting the full treatment. According to the Guardian:

“Ofcom said it had received 731 complaints following Monday night’s broadcast, which used actors alongside real life documentary footage for its fictional portrayal of Britain

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