Monday, March 31, 2014

Allister Heath New Telegraph Deputy Editor

Finally some good news for the Telegraph: Allister Heath is leaving City AM for Buckingham Palace Road:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at City A.M., and it has been hugely exciting watching the paper grow in terms of readers and helping to steer it on the road to profitability. The time was right for me personally to seek a new challenge, and I am very much looking forward to joining the Telegraph.”

One of the best talent-spotters and leader writers in the business, Heath made City AM into a respected and profitable newspaper. He was basically doing all of the Telegraph’s best economic coverage anyway, now he’s made it official…

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Why Do App Developers Prioritise Apple?

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Given Android has shipped three times as many units as Windows or Apple’s iOS you have to question why so many app developers choose an iPhone first strategy. Apparently iPhone owners are bigger spenders more willing to pay for apps. Are they 4 times as willing to spend? Old media often goes for an iPad conversion of their dead tree product first. This is not a mass market solution, it excludes 80% of the operating systems shipped annually. The coming ubiquity of HTML5 cross compatibility will bring this to an end hopefully…

Hat-tip: Business Insider

Friday, March 28, 2014

BBC Accidentally Leak Details of Forthcoming BNP Interview

Whoever took this iPlayer promo photo for yesterday’s episode of BBC’s This Week they probably should have made sure viewers couldn’t see that they are planning an interview on the Sunday Politics with Simon Derby, the communications director of the BNP. Something which had not been made public, presumably to avoid a repeat of the left-wing demonstrations outside the BBC when Nick Griffin appeared on Question Time…

Unfortunate Newspaper Offer of the Day

Courtesy of the Daily Record.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Media Bitch Fight Farage / Clegg Special: Kirkup v Oborne

The Telegraph’s James Kirkup hasn’t been very impressed with the profundity of the punditry following last night’s debate. He’s gone off on one this afternoon:

“A lot of stuff being written about the Clegg-Farage debate today could come from the Idiot’s Guide to Being a Political Commentator. It follows the same paint-by-numbers form.

Step One: Pronounce that everyone less clever than you is saying the same thing.

Step Two: Say that they are wrong because actually the opposite thing is true. You know this because you are clever and incisive and other people do not because they are stupid and out-of-touch.

Step Three: There is no Step Three. That’s all there is to it. Really, you can make a very nice living out of this.”

Which of Kirkup’s fellow Telegraph writers followed a very, very similar step by step approach in his own write up? Here’s Peter Oborne:

“British political journalists love to pretend that they are independent and objective, but the majority are nothing of the sort. In Britain we have a system of client journalism, with reporting a manifestation of political class dominance.

Last night’s debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg was a very good example of this phenomenon. The lobby wanted a Clegg win and… collectively called victory for Clegg the moment that the debate was over.

It was only when the YouGov poll came through showing that Farage had won the debate hands-down with the public that lobby journalists were forced into an abrupt U-turn.”

Who could Kirkup possibly have been talking about?

UPDATE:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Max Clifford Trial Inches Towards Conclusion

Big developments in court today, where Max Clifford’s barrister is trying to pull off an almighty shafting of the prosecution case, tossing testimony from the publicist’s doctor into the mix to give his defence a hand. Members of the jury were previously told Max has a “freakishly small” micropenis, but things came to a head when the Crown was brought to its knees by some hard evidence suggesting otherwise:

“His doctor has recently measured his penis. When flaccid, it is five and a quarter inches long – certainly not freakishly small, certainly not enormous.”

But will it stand up in court?

Awkward Politico-Media “Conscious Uncoupling” Coverage

Poor BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling is being made to read the Gwyneth Paltrow / Chris Martin split on loop on the BBC News Channel.

Surely they could have got her co-presenter to cover this particular story given her own current “conscious uncoupling” from Craig Oliver?

Tired, Exhausted, Nothing to Say, Time for Them to Go…

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The Parliamentary Lobby yesterday had the usual afternoon briefing scheduled with the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS). This is where the gentlemen of the Lobby are spoonfed some copy to take down or, as they see it, perform a vital service to democracy by holding the executive to account. The finest of the free press toiling for democracy and truth!

The Lobby is a self-selecting privileged cartel given access to briefings denied to the rest of the media, with their own secret rules to protect members and exclude competitors. The justifications are varied, sometimes they argue that they want to reserve the cartel for professional inquisitors not politically motivated bloggers with an agenda. That must be why the Morning Star and the unprinted Tribune newspaper are Lobby members.

Yesterday at the Lobby briefing not one single question was asked of the executive and a bemused PMOS wandered back to Downing Street untroubled. A proud day for the Lobby and British journalism. Nothing to see here…

UPDATE: A senior Lobby correspondent writes, presumably on non-attributable Lobby terms:

The lobby is almost always a useless waste of time. It is a chore not a secret pleasure. Leaving was a statement about the pointlessness of a Number 10 press operation that refuses to say anything rather than about the corruption of the lobby.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Labour Send “Solidarity” to New Newsnight Editor

Just what the new Newsnight economics editor needs when he is being accused of being too close to the Labour Party, the Labour deputy leader sending him public solidarity on Twitter:

Perhaps Hattie’s Twitter expert hubby could teach her how to send a private message…

Monday, March 24, 2014

Polly “I’d Rather Be in Tuscany” Toynbee

Almost Psycho Gordon levels of death stare…


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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