BBC Editor Who Bit Colleague Was Made Director General

Worth remembering the time an editor on the BBC News “turned, snarled, and sank his teeth into [the] left upper arm” of a junior colleague. The biter? Mark Thompson, later promoted to Director General. Clarkson for DG…

Via @liarpoliticians

Simon Heffer ‘Quits’ Mail

His Saturday column has been gone for a while he has been writing less and less regularly for the paper, and has been increasingly Ukippy for some time.

His pro-Tory Budget piece was not enough to save him.

Mail sources say he has resigned, officially.

There is some speculation he is off to the Sunday Telegraph.

Paging Peter Oborne, paging Peter Oborne…

James May Hints He’s Off With Clarkson

“We work very much as a package.”

Buy ITV and BSkyB…

UPDATE:

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Looks like Hammond’s off too:

Clarkson to be Sacked Tomorrow: Report

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The Telegraph has the story:

Jeremy Clarkson is to be sacked as Top Gear presenter after a BBC investigation concluded he did attack a producer on the programme.

Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, is expected to announce his decision on Wednesday after considering the findings of an internal investigation.

Clarkson, 54, will be thanked for his work on the hugely popular motoring show, but will be told such behaviour cannot be tolerated at the Corporation.

It is understood a report into the so-called ‘fracas’ at a North Yorkshire hotel,concluded that presenter spent 20 minutes verbally abusing producer Oisin Tymon, before launching a 30 second physical assault on him.

Chris Evans is being lined up as his replacement. The BBC ignores the will of the licence fee payer once again…

Jazz Hands: Telegraph’s Secret Ronnie Scott’s Briefing Goes Tits Up

Handbags over in The Lobby as the Telegraph un-invite any hack not from the Telegraph to a Telegraph/Ad Week event with Lynton Crosby:

After briefing the event out, invitations have now been withdrawn. Yet something tells Guido the national media are going to turn up anyway…

You’ve Been Cricked

Paxo Lobs Debate Grenade

The inkies are turning on the broadcasters ahead of Thursday’s ‘debate':

Guido predicts Labour will make lots of noise and nothing will happen. Much like their entire pre-debate strategy…

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun on Sunday Online

Guido’s column in today’s Sun on Sunday asks: Where’s Mili? Why has Ed gone missing in the campaign so far? And why is the Labour leader missing from his party’s election leaflets? Also in today’s column:

FLINT

  • Which Shadow Cabinet minister’s daughter has posed in Kim Kardashian’s skintight latex dress?

CHAMP

  • Sarah Champion jokes about her poppy wreath shame
  • Which Tory cabinet member asked for Nigel Farage’s autograph this week?
  • Farage has banned his MEPs from employing their wives at the taxpayer’s expenses. What about his MPs?
  • Why scandal-hit ‘Kipper Janice Atkinson should know a thing or two about dealing with a media storm
  • Tory toff Tim Yeo is having trouble coming to terms with the end of his parliamentary career

Click here to read Guido’s column for free, not behind the paywall, on SunNation…

TV Debate Dates For Your Diary

An agreement has finally been reached. Here are the dates for your diary:

  • 26 March: Live Q&A on Channel 4 and Sky News with Cameron and Miliband separately, presented by Paxo and Kay Burley
  • 2 April: Debate with seven party

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Stig in a Tank Live on Telly

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Green Party Media Spokesman ‘Does a Bennett’

The Green Party’s Media spokesman Martin Dobson did his best to make his leader look comparatively clued up on policy when asked about his proposed “20% cap” on media ownership on the Media Show yesterday:

Steve Hewlett: You say there

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Telegraph Three Years Late To Spook Scoop

GCHQ at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The Telegraph ran what appeared to be something of an exclusive this week, reporting that GCHQ are telling business to consider stripping smart phones from staff in order to avoid cyber attacks. Ben Riley-Smith bragged about documents “seen by […]

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Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“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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