Remember Desmond’s PFL with the FT? Well:
Given Desmond’s company banned kettles from the newsroom, it’s unlikely his own papers would nod this through.
UPDATE: Uh oh…
Ofcom has cleared Kay Burley after a spurious petition called for an investigation into her interview with the unrepentant boss of Alton Towers, who had insisted there were no safety problems with his rides:
“Ofcom received a number of complaints about Kay Burley’s questioning style during an interview about an accident at Alton Towers. We have carefully assessed whether this interview exceeded generally accepted standards. In our view, the interviewee was able to respond fully to the questions and put his position across. As a result we have not taken the matter forward for investigation.”
Petitions about TV presenters never get anywhere anyway…
In today’s Sun column Guido reveals the shocking price tag attached to fixing parliament. MPs will be presented with various price options on Thursday and already the backlash has begun. Also today:
You can read it all today, for free, without a paywall, only on SunNation…
Central European News, a viral news agency based in Vienna, have responded to a hit-job article on them by rivals BuzzFeed. CEN accuse them of being in the pocket of Microsoft – a major advertiser – and doing their dirty work.
In a newly released book called “Buzz Bottom Feeders: An Insider Look At How BuzzFeed Tried To Destroy A Rival Business”, CEN accuse BuzzFeed of axing posts critical of Microsoft, one of their biggest sponsors. It wouldn’t be the first time BuzzFeed have deleted a story criticising their advertisers…
A parliamentary question was filed today by Austrian politician Hans Joerg Jenewein about the links between Microsoft and Buzzfeed:
“Furthermore, it has recently been revealed that Microsoft’s powerful position may have influenced the ability of the media to write about it. I am speaking in particular about critical reports on Microsoft that were deleted from the international news site BuzzFeed. Microsoft is a major advertiser of BuzzFeed… Is the Ministry aware that the news agency Central European News (CEN), operating an office in Vienna, was accused by BuzzFeed of falsifying its reports after BuzzFeed found out that CEN was about to publish a report on the political connections between Kurt Gartlehner [Austrian Politician] and Microsoft?”
As the book has also been presented as evidence to the Austrian parliament, it is now a matter of public record and not liable to any legal action.
“Sky News has appointed Dominic Waghorn as diplomatic editor. Waghorn was Sky’s US correspondent from 2011, following his role attained in 2006 as Middle East correspondent.
Asia correspondent Mark Stone has been appointed as Sky’s Europe correspondent based in Brussels. His position as Asia correspondent is succeeded by Moscow correspondent Katie Stallard.
Additionally, Europe correspondent Robert Nisbet will now be working in UK politics during Anushka Asthana’s maternity leave.”
Great insight there from ‘Miliband’s favourite journalist’.
Liz Kendall remains a Shadow Health Minister while she runs against Burnham…
Tory unity has lasted exactly one month, as has Dave The Winner’s honeymoon with the press. Needless to say his EU-turn today and then an arrogant schooling G7 news conference has gone down like a cup of cold sick with the travelling press pack.
The PM’s suggestion that “if you’re not certain about something I said yesterday, then ask”, has gone down particularly badly:
If Cameron 2.0 is so keen on journalists asking questions, perhaps he might like to reinstate those monthly press conferences that he dodged for the last five years?
In Guido’s Sun on Sunday column this week, the Labour MP who writhed, moaned and thrashed around while recreating the infamous swimming pool sex scene from Showgirls. Don’t miss out on:
Read today’s column for free, here…
Well, at least your morning isn’t going as badly as that of BBC journalist Ahmen Khawja, who tweeted then deleted this:
Alas the statement never came.
First Ahmen claimed false alarm, then foul play: