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…

 

Miliband in the Middle, Cameron on the Far Right

Thursday night’s mass-debate will see Miliband in the centre, with Cameron on the far right.

The full line up will be: Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon, David Cameron.

While the PM has got his wish of being far from Farage and Ed, the Labour leader has lucked out in terms of aesthetics.

“Clowns to the left of him” says a Tory source.

Clarkson Out: Buy ITV Shares

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Statement from Tony Hall:

It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.

I am grateful to Ken MacQuarrie for the thorough way he has conducted an investigation of the incident on 4th March. Given the obvious and very genuine public interest in this I am publishing the findings of his report. I take no pleasure in doing so. I am only making them public so people can better understand the background. I know how popular the programme is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved.

I want to make three points.

First – The BBC is a broad church. Our strength in many ways lies in that diversity. We need distinctive and different voices but they cannot come at any price. Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect. I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff – who is a completely innocent party – took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.

Second – This has obviously been difficult for everyone involved but in particular for Oisin. I want to make clear that no blame attaches to him for this incident. He has behaved with huge integrity throughout. As a senior producer at the BBC he will continue to have an important role within the organisation in the future.

Third – Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.

The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise. I have asked Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programmes in the current series.

Sad day for Top Gear fans, BBC licence fee payers and the 1,033,933 who signed the petition to reinstate Jeremy. No doubt his enemies within the BBC will be cheering that they have finally found an excuse to get rid of him. Lentils all round.

City brokers Liberium say “Buy ITV” shares and are projecting a billion pound rise in ITV’s value:

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Boom!

ITV Hosting a Secret ‘Leaders’ Debate’ Next Friday

Today’s rumours that ITV could be set to go rogue in the election debates will be given extra credence by news that the broadcaster has their debate studio ready to go and will be hosting a ‘shadow’ debate next Friday.

Media Guido has seen the plans:

“The run through will take place on Friday March 13th at ITV, Southbank from 11am through until 2pm and will be led by ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham, who will host the live debate.”

Everyone involved in this secret debate has been “required to sign a confidentiality agreement which would prevent them from discussing anything that happens on the day/s of the run through/s.” This agreement lasts “for a number of years AFTER broadcast.”

The broadcaster will be ready to host a seven-way debate next week: long before the official 2 April date. Intriguing…

#EM4PM: Esther McVey Wants to Be Prime Minister

 

Asked by the Loose Women whether she would humbly put her name forward if her country was to call upon her, Esther McVey said yes:

JSP: “Do you want to be Prime Minister?”

EM: “To be honest, it is not as simple as that.”

JSP: “Yes or no?”

EM: “If I had to do a yes or no, I’d be honest, I’d say yes.”

To rapturous applause…

Twitter Bitch Fight: Broadcaster Bun Fight!

Guido understands the ladies of the Lobby are not happy with Nick Robinson. Tom Bradby got an on camera line out of David Cameron about not doing the TV debates unless the Greens were included.

Nick does have some form for what would be called in print “byline banditry”.

Here’s a flavour of the outrage….

Ladies, ladies…

Nigel Evans Makes £21,000 From Post-Sex Trial Media Interviews

Cleared Nigel Evans was paid £21,000 for selling the story of his trial to the press. Evans is being paid £1762.50 a month until June 2015 by management company Exclusive Press & Publicity, in respect of three media engagements with the Mail on Sunday, Mirror and ITV. Following his not guilty verdict, Evans gave emotional interviews to the MoS, Sunday Mirror and ITV’s Daybreak. He says he spent three hours with each outlet, so it wasn’t a bad way of helping towards paying his £130,000 legal bills. If he’d been found guilty he would have got a column in the Guardian…

Sky and ITV Musical Chairs: Joel Hills Replaces Laura K

With Laura Kuenssberg starting at Newsnight, Sky News’ Joel Hills will replace her as Business editor at ITV.

MediaGuido hears he wasn’t the only Sky business presenter to go for the job, Dharshini David misses out this time round.

Who will be next to jump ship? 

Phillip Schofield Oblivious to Irony

This would be the same Phillip Schofield who cost […]

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How ITV Crashed Out Online Last Night

The digital gurus over at ITV News have been trying to make ITV a social media savvy news outlet. So it was all a bit awkward when their website crashed yesterday, buckling under the traffic spike that came with their […]

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Daybreak Host Slams Hancock’s Extra Half Hour In Bed

Some pretty damning tweets from Daybreak presenter Matt Barbet over Matthew Hancock’s late arrival to the show yesterday morning:

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What was that about the shirkers staying in bed with the curtains closed…

Screenshot via LabourList

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WATCH: The £125,000 Shot
ITV Agree Huge McAlpine Payout

ITV will pay Lord McAlpine £125,000 after reaching a settlement over his libel claim. A statement will be read out in court on behalf of Phillip Schofield apologising for accidentally flashing his name on screen during an interview with the […]

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“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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