Peston’s Downing Street “Movie Set”

ITV’s scoop-getting political editor Robert Peston is annoying Tory spinners in more ways than one. When the other broadcasters film short interviews in Downing Street, they usually bring one camera with them to film the interviewee. Peston however insists on bringing two cameras, one to film the minister, the other to film himself. Apparently Pesto wants a camera on himself at all times so plenty of shots of him looking inquisitive can be edited into the package. This means double the number of camera crew, causing a headache for press officers. A senior government source reveals “he turns up with a f**king movie set”. Don’t disturb the creative process…

Whitto’s £1,000 Charity Bet With Piers Morgan

Piers: Do you want a bet? Let’s have a bet John. I’ll bet you £1,000 to charity that if you guys win, and you may well, David Cameron has two hopes of remaining Prime Minister: no hope and Bob Hope. There’s my hand. For charity?

Whitto: Alright, go on then.

Piers: £1,000 that David Cameron is still Prime Minister after losing the referendum. We’ll see what happens. We’ll get you back on the sofa for when you pay up.

By contrast Owen Paterson suggested on Westminster Hour last night that Dave would have to go…

Peston Out of the Loop

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Peston increasingly has a touch of the Faisals about him. ITV’s political editor exclusively learned this afternoon that UKIP and “Vote.Leave” are backing the Grassroots Out campaign. Two things here.

“Vote.Leave” is not a thing. And “Vote Leave” has not endorsed Grassroots Out. He means “Leave.EU”. Whose boss Arron Banks told MPs to back Grassroots Out days ago.

And did he really “learn” it? The UKIP endorsement was press released to every journalist in SW1 half an hour before Peston’s tweet and has been widely flagged since the weekend.

That bugbear of Lobby journalists – “the BBC has learned” – lives on at ITV…

Peston Over-Promoting

ITV’s new political editor Robert Peston is pumping away promoting his big scoop: getting hold of Deborah Mattinson’s “secret” report on the Labour election defeat.

It would be impolite of Guido to rain on Peston’s parade, though the BBC did “reveal details” of the Mattinson report 24 hours earlier. Mattinson herself explained her findings on the Sunday Politics. The Beeb reported the detail on their news bulletins and website throughout the day yesterday.

As Mattinson went up on the Sunday Politics, she published her findings in detail over on the Progress website. A day before Peston’s scoop…

Indeed, Mattinson’s damning criticisms of Labour were first revealed by Rachel Sylvester in the Times back in December.

In fairness, Peston was the first to get hold of the actual whole report. It’s just a shame all the juicy bits had already been reported…

UPDATE: The Indy reported all the juicy quotes as far back as last October.

ITV’s Allegra Stratton

As rumoured last week, Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton is off to ITV:

“BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton is to join ITV News’ line-up of specialist experts in the newly-created role of National Editor.

Allegra will work across ITV News’ full range of programmes, appearing frequently on News at Ten. In her new role, she will provide insight and in-depth analysis of the domestic and policy issues that matter to our viewers.”

Stratton is not thought to have got on brilliantly with Ian Katz. Wounder for the BBC as ITV News at Ten bolster their line up further. Newsnight looks like a sinking ship

Tom Bradby Sex Appeal Figures Sexed Up

“Tom Bradby is so hot he got 500,000 new viewers,” claims a headline in the Times today. It follows on from yesterday’s puff piece reporting ITV News at Ten “has put on half a million viewers since Tom Bradby began presenting”. The generous write-up claimed:

“Average viewing figures for the ITV bulletin over the past three weeks have risen to two million — up by half a million on September averages.”

Has Bradby’s sex appeal really made such a remarkable difference?

Industry insiders tell Media Guido that, actually, the ITV News at Ten numbers are flat. In the three weeks since Bradby took over, reliable sources say ITV News at Ten has scored above two million on just three nights. The ratings have reached c1.9 million on zero nights, c.1.8 million on one night, c.1,7 million on six nights, c1.6 million on 2 nights and c1.5 million on 2 nights. The “half a million” headline figure is as sexed up as their new choice of host…

UPDATE: The BBC hit back as the 10pm flame war intensifies:

UPDATE II: Here are the ITV figures in full since Bradby took over. Last night’s numbers take the average just above 2 million:

Robert Peston to Join ITV and Rival Andrew Marr

The Peston job saga carried on for longer than it takes for him to finish a sentence, but he has at last made his decision. According to Media Guardian, Peston will become ITV political editor and will also “host a new Sunday morning chatshow”, rivalling Andrew Marr. He’s off…

Amanda Holden, Gok Wan and David Came-run

A sweaty Dave glistened in the summer sunshine as he video bombed ITV‘s This Morning, jogging past Amanda Holden and Gok Wan making a smoothie on the South Bank:

Ignoring shouts of “Dave” and “DC” from X Factor judge Amanda, the svelte looking PM refused to turn his head as he glided past…

ITV Pol Ed Runners and Riders

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With Tom Bradby off to present the ITV News at Ten, a plum broadcasting job is in the offing. Mark Austin is said to be raging that he has been overlooked for the once promised flagship presenting gig…

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Spin Room Line UP Revealed

Labour:

  • Yvette Cooper
  • Lucy Powell
  • Caroline Flint

Tories:

  • George Osborne
  • Theresa May
  • William Hague
  • Liz Truss
  • Priti Patel

LibDems:

  • Paddy Ashdown
  • Norman Lamb

UKIP:

  • Patrick O’Flynn
  • Paul Nuttal
  • Suzanne Evans

Green:

  • Cllr Andrew Cooper
  • Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Dr Jillian Creasy

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Cutting Edge Debate Analysis From the BBC

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Cameron Gets Last Word at Thursday’s Debate

ITV have released the speaking order for Thursday night’s debate:

The PM on podium 7 gets the final word…

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