Desmond’s Bill

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…

Kay Dodgems Ofcom Rap

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…

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

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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:

  • Read about Milband and Burnham’s cosy chinwag.

TORSTEN

  • Find out about the rocky history of the brains behind the #EdStone.

BORIS+LEN

  • What happened when Boris met Red Len.
  • How is Two Jags coping without a driving licence?
  • Find out who else MacShame upset in French the day he was sent down.

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

Buzzfeed Accused of Murky Microsoft Dirty Work

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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.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sky News Internal Moves

Sky-News-ContactVia FeaturesExec:

“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.”

Breaking…

Top Staggers Labour Leadership Insight

Great insight there from ‘Miliband’s favourite journalist’.

Liz Kendall remains a Shadow Health Minister while she runs against Burnham…

Dave’s Balls Up in Bavaria

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?

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

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:

  • Man who gave Farage £1 million moves business to South Africa putting 150 UK jobs at risk

  • Dear Davey: PM Gives Relationship Advice to New MPs

DAVID

  • David Miliband Squashes Return Rumours
  • Hand of the King (Pin): Cameron’s Game of Thrones Gift to Gove
  • How the PM is appeasing Tory troublemakers
  • Make your mind up time: date of first Tory London mayor hustings revealed
  • Revealed: why Lucy Powell wasn’t invited for a cheeky Nando’s by fellow Labour MPs
  • George Osborne’s Ed Miliband memory lapse
  • Alan Duncan’s “diplomatic knighthood”
  • Meet “The Young Ones” – new group MPs under 35 set up by Chloe Smith

Read today’s column for free, here

Kay Burley Skewers Alton Towers Boss

Chief Exec Nick Varney reckons there was no safety issue with his rides. Really?[…]

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Coulson Slams Waste of Public Money

He’ll be looking for a job…[…]

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BBC Reporter Apologises for Queen Hospital “Prank”

Well, at least your morning isn’t going as badly as that of BBC journalist Ahmen Khawja, who tweeted then deleted this:

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Alas the statement never came.

First Ahmen claimed false alarm, then foul play:

[…]

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Christian May is New Editor of City AM

Normally hacks go spin, but in a canny move the Institute of Directors’ comms boss Christian May is the new editor of City AM. Having written hundreds of pro-business op-eds under other people’s by-line, May will take over at […]

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“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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