Robbo to Present Today

Major media news from the Beeb this evening:

Nick Robinson is to present BBC Radio 4’s Today programme from the autumn, following ten years as the BBC’s Political Editor.

Nick replaces Jim Naughtie as part of the core presenting team on BBC Radio 4’s agenda-setting flagship news and current affairs programme, joining John Humphrys, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain and Justin Webb. He will also report and present across television and radio for BBC News and Current Affairs…

After the coverage of this week’s Budget Nick is taking some time off to complete his recovery from the surgery he had in March which successfully removed a Neuro-Endocrine Tumour from his lung. He is still undergoing a course of chemotherapy.

Robinson says:

“I will miss my privileged perch inside Parliament and outside Downing Street but after a decade as Political Editor I’m looking forward to hearing someone else’s analysis of what our politicians are up to.”

A new Political Editor will be appointed in due course…

Owen Jones Flirts With Brexit

“You’ve got a massive democratic deficit and a lack of accountability at the heart of the European project… it’s an attack on democracy as things stand.” Who spoke these words of soundness and wisdom? Owen Jones today calls for the left to reconsider: “I think a debate needs to open up on the left about whether we should stay in the European Union”.

Just hours later, with whom was he meeting?

Well, the ‘No’ campaign has been looking for a charismatic leader who isn’t a politician…

Out-of-the-Loop Chris Bryant Hasn’t a Clue

As Guido revealed in this week’s Sun on Sunday:

“The BBC has announced 1,000 jobs are to go as part of a £150 million round of cuts. These job losses would cover just £50 million of the sum, however, leaving another £100 million awaiting Aunty’s axe.

Guido hears that the BBC’s little-watched 24-hour News Channel is in the firing line, with plans afoot to shift the operation online and stop broadcasting on telly. BBC bosses are waiting until this week’s budget before a final decision.”

A story which caused a certain degree of scepticism from the impeccably dis-connected Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:

That would be our double-sourced drivel from senior BBC sources. 48 hours later, Media Guardian confirms Guido’s Sun exclusive:

“The BBC is considering making its news channel online only following a similar cost-cutting move for its BBC3 TV channel, it has emerged.

Work had already started on assessing the impact of making the news channel online only before the government unveiled a surprise licence fee settlement on Monday… A final decision about the channel has yet to be made.”

As Guido explained, the Beeb has a £100 million spending black hole to fill. Media Guardian reports the News Channel’s overall costs are just over £100 million:

“In the last BBC annual report, it said the channel’s production costs were £26.8m, while its newsgathering costs were £21.2m. In addition, the news channel spent £48.7m on content, £8m on distribution and £9.5m on infrastructure/support in 2013/14 and taking it online only would prove cheaper for the BBC, which is looking to make savings.”

If Chris needs any further help with his brief, he knows where to come…

UPDATE:  The Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Chris Bryant tweets:

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday column this week to find out Michael Fallon’s plan to bomb ISIS, as told to the boozy Spectator summer party. Don’t miss out on:

  • How the Defence Secretary can take out targets from the back of his armoured limo

BBC

  • As Osborne plans a raid on the BBC, Guido hears its 24 hour news channel is in the firing line

BUDGET

  • Why Osborne’s Budget is causing grumbles among Treasury ministers

GALLOWAY

  • George Galloway security scare
  • Labour snob Emily Thornberry strikes again, this time forgetting the words “Great British”
  • Church of England tells employers they have a moral obligation to pay Living Wage, advertises for job on well less
  • Why there was “record attendence” in parliament this week

You can read it all today, for free, without a paywall, only on SunNation

Das Bild Referendum

All eyes on Greece for Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept the EU’s bailout conditions, though German tabloid Bild is holding a plebiscite of its own:

“Should we support Greece with further taxpayer billions?”

Are you listening Mrs Merkel…

H/T @JeremyCliffe 

Sarah Connor Terminates Twitter Banter

sarah conner

Financial Times employment correspondent Sarah Connor stumbled across the story of her career today, when she found herself reporting on a robot that killed a worker at a VW plant in Germany. Coincidentally the new Terminator film is released in UK cinemas today…

connor tweets

“It came from a war-torn future to destroy the past.

Its target: an ordinary woman – Sarah Connor.

Her only ally: another traveller through time…”

 

At Last! BBC Axe First 1,000 Jobs

An £150 million shortfall in the BBC’s licence fee income means 1,000 jobs are to be axed.

Back of a fag packet maths would point to these thousand employees being on £150,000 each…

UPDATE: The Beeb say this round of cuts will save £50 million, £50,000 per sacked employee.

Guardian Heatwave Liveblog Closes After Servers Overheat

There we all were enjoying the Guardian’s heatwave liveblog…

When disaster struck…

To make things worse, the air con at King’s Place packed in as well:

“There is currently a fault with the main chiller unit for the building.”

Staff have now been sent home:

Dear all

Because of the heat we are having some problems with cooling key systems. We will be shutting down all systems at 4.15 today so please save everything and log off. We would like people to go home unless they are involved in the newspaper edition or the website. Please take home laptops in case we need people to work from home tomorrow. We will keep you updated so please keep checking emails and, if in doubt, talk to your line manager.

Sheila

Remember to look out for vulnerable newspaper neighbours in this period of extreme weather…

Neil Wallis Not Guilty

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Another Double-Jobbing Broadcast Boss Channel 4 Could Grill

Cathy Newman gave BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead a going over on Channel 4 News last night for earning half a million quid from her second job at HSBC. On top of the £110,000-a-year she trousers from her 3 day […]

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Confirmed: BBC3 Goes Online Only

Some of the Beeb’s finest public service broadcasting is taken off air:

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IPSO Throw Out Vexatious Europhile Whinge

The press regulator has dismissed a spurious complaint brought against the Telegraph by Bill Emmott, ex-editor of the Economist. Emmott claimed in a long whinge that Toby Young’s review of his ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, a piece of swivel-eyed, […]

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