#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 ITV £125,000 in damages after smearing Lord McAlpine as a nonce…

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 footage of the Woolwich terrorist. This blog became the only news outlet running the video, fully credited and attributed to them in the headline, of course.

Since it was now the only immediately available copy, news websites across the world used the video from this blog – with the ITV watermark. Sixteen hours and 1,867,835 YouTube views later, and having failed to capitalise on their own scoop, the ITV News team finally sprang into action and had the video removed from YouTube. Social-media is about sharing, that is why it is called “social”. It is not our fault if ITV’s site can’t take a traffic spike… 

Guido had a record traffic day yesterday with our fast reacting curation of the news from Woolwich. You can now watch a more extended version of the footage courtesy of our friends at The Sun...

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:

matt

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

Screenshot via LabourList

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 PM. Now they’re shelling out a six-figure sum. Pesky bloggers eh…

ITV Punish Schofield for PM Blunder

ITV have taken action against Phillip Schofield and three other members of the This Morning team following paedo list-gate last week:

“Last Thursday we began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mistake on that day’s This Morning programme, for

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Monday Media Movements


Media Guido understands that Romilly Weeks, who currently covers Westminster for ITV News, is set to become their full time Political Correspondent. The Telegraph’s Home Affairs Editor Martin Beckford is joining the Mail on Sundayin the same role.[…]

Lucy Manning Leaving the Lobby

Congratulations are in order for ITV political correspondent Lucy Manning, who has been promoted this afternoon. Manning becomes the channel’s new UK editor, with the ITV News shake-up also seeing Chris Ship made deputy political editor to Tom Bradby.

Guido […]

Laura Kuenssberg Quits BBC for ITV Business Gig

An interesting move given she was tipped for the top Beeb job, though it doesn’t rule it out – Nick Robinson was poached back from ITV.  

Looks like it will be ITVLauraK on Twitter…

UPDATE: Seems it came as shock […]



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Adam Spiegel, producer of Nazi themed “The Producers” musical says…

“Margate seemed a perfect place to start the promotion. I’m disappointed but not entirely surprised to see that UKIP are trying to hitch a publicity ride on the back of the show.”

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