A spectacular media commentariat bitch fight this week, as HuffPo’s Owen Bennett needled Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam over his reporting of the Oldham by-election. Cue an Israeli-style response from Raheem.
Which spin doctor broke the cardinal rule of SpAds and walked into shot not once but twice as Corbyn was being interviewed by Sky? And who let Jezza be filmed in front of a load of posters showing Labour in the 70s? Seamus is a pro…
“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:
Back in October, Owen Jones wrote this for the Guardian:
“Labour have to make ‘austerity’ tangible,” Owen wrote. It’s a theme he has written about week in, week out. This year alone he has claimed:
- “the SNP are carving out the clear progressive message that should belong to Labour: anti-austerity”
So keen is Owen on “the anti-austerity message” that he helped set up and remains a key backer of the “People’s Assembly Against Austerity” campaign group. So imagine Guido’s surprise at reading Owen’s latest piece for the Guardian:
“Labour has to abandon anti-austerity – a term that has never really resonated with the public, despite the left’s best efforts – in favour of being pro something else… If Labour can answer these questions, it will be in a far better position: able to commit to higher wages, reduced spending on social security without throttling working families, rebalancing the economy, preparing the country for future shocks, and having a positive vision rather than simply being against Osborne’s failure… the real answer is not to gloat over his bungled mess, but to find a positive alternative that inspires the country. Over to you, Labour.”
Labour has to abandon anti-austerity? Reduce spending on welfare? Who are you and what have you done with the real Owen Jones?
In today’s Sun on Sunday Guido reveals that David Cameron has joined Mark’s Club, one of the snootiest private members’ clubs in London. Read the full story here.
In Guido’s column this week, don’t miss out on:
- Labour Oldham by-election hopeful’s past erased from the internet
- The “People’s Momentum” are registered to a million pound luxury riverside pad
- Naughty Nigel Farage’s “I’m a Celebrity” Prank
- Axed Aussie PM Tony Abbott’s four-letter response when asked if he wants a job at the UN
- Which Westminster legend makes a cameo appearance in the new Bond film?
- Rumours the BBC is planning its own iTunes-style music store or Spotify-rival music streaming service
- Disgraced MEP exposed in fake invoice row rails against Brussels corruption
- Lord Ashcroft shows why he’s a billionaire
- The BSE campaign are getting very upset with people who call them the BSE campaign
You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation…
Guido understands that James Slack, the Mail’s Home Affairs editor who has been leading the politics coverage since James Chapman’s departure, will be the new Political Editor. Slack will be in charge of the day to day running of the politics team. As tipped by Guido back in May…
Isabel Oakeshott’s mooted role, as a Pol Ed “at large”, will be more about scoring big hits and doing comment. Though nothing has been signed…
Fair to say Sky News could have found a better proponent of the pro-immigration argument than the hapless Mr Butt…
The Speccie’s all-round internet wizard Seb Payne is joining the FT as digital comment editor, heading up a complete revamp of their online comment. Best known for touring the country in his Mini during the election, Payne is an Islington new media darling with an encyclopedic knowledge of UKIP, and can probably now afford to pay his mechanic.
Worth watching how his sound political views fit in at the Pink ‘Un, Payne (left), starts in January. Congratulations…
Jeremy Corbyn has sensationally appointed Seumas Milne as his new Director of Strategic Communications. Winchester College and Oxford-educated PPEist Milne, a former Stalinist, is renowned for his roll call of remarkable controversial quotes. Here is a reminder.
Milne wrote glowingly […]
John Whittingdale has said he will think again about the ill-thought-out plan to ban publishers from claiming back costs in libel cases – even when they win. The draconian policy means news organisations that aren’t signed up to a […]