Sunday, March 23, 2014

What is in Guido’s Sun Column Today?

Get all the latest gossip for just 70p down the newsagents. In this week’s column don’t miss out on:

  • Why has Tony Blair been sounding out top financiers in the City?
  • John Bercow is enjoying the services of a £383,000-a-year entourage. Find out how much he’s cost the taxpayer since 2010.
  • Which football club boss has been helping out a Tory MP?
  • Where is the next Labour selection stitch up?
  • Anne McIntosh’s fans have a kamikaze plan to help her keep her seat.
  • Funeral market forces would make Maggie smile
  • How the Chancellor’s parliamentary aide unwound after bingo poster-gate
  • Lord Ashcroft’s toast to Osborne

Politics for the people at just 70p…

Friday, March 21, 2014

Channel 4 News Economics Editor Runners and Riders

Faisal Islam’s move to Sky News means there is a much-coveted vacancy for the Channel 4 News Economics Editor. As ever MediaGuido gives you the rundown of some of the likely main contenders:

  • Allister Heath: The City AM editor’s columns are essential reading and he has a great knack at explaining complex economics stories simply, which will stand him in good stead for a TV role. He has made City AM into a respected and profitable newspaper. Is he enjoying running his own newspaper too much to want to work for someone else?
  • Rob Hutton: Bloomberg’s Lobby funnyman is a numbers guy who hasn’t jumped ship for a decade. One of the most well-liked people in the business. Has broadcast experience on the Bloomberg TV channel seen in dealing rooms. Journalese vocabulary will translate onto TV.
  • Ed Conway: Could the merry-go-round see Sky News’ economics editor replace the C4 economics editor who is replacing the Sky News political editor? Has impressed with his Budget coverage recently.
  • Liam Halligan: Telegraph columnist Halligan has barely been off the telly recently, offering a stronger insight into the Russia-Ukraine situation that just about anyone else. He’s had the C4 News Economics job before…
  • Dharshini David: Beaten to the ITV News business editor job by her Sky colleague Joel Hills, Dharshini will surely throw her hat into the ring for C4 as well.
  • Gillian Tett: The FT’s decorated assistant editor and finance commentator is another heavyweight contender. Guido suspects she has her eye on a bigger prize.
  • Becky Barrow: The Daily Mail’s business correspondent is another who had a good Budget. Bit wet for the Mail but could be a better fit at C4.

Guido’s inbox will no doubt shortly be sent more tips for the post.

You stay classy, Britain…

UPDATE: Maybe Dharshini’s bosses want to keep her:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Faisal Islam New Sky Pol Ed

Following MediaGuido’s coverage yesterday, Sky News have confirmed that Channel 4′s Faisal Islam will replace Adam Boulton as political editor later in the year. He was on form last night when Guido bumped into him at the Political Book Awards. Best of luck…

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vote Kelvin!

Guido often asks himself what would Kelvin do, well today it seems the answer is run for public office. The nation’s favourite former tabloid editor is standing as an independent candidate in the local elections in Surrey. His big sell to voters? Justice for car parking charges…

Faisal Islam Denies He is the New Sky News Political Editor

The line is that no offer has been made to anyone for the Sky News Political Editor job, though Media Guido understands that it is a run off between current Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones and Channel Four’s Economics Editor Faisal Islam. Islam denied this afternoon that he has been offered the job, though speculation is rife in Westminster and telly-land that he is the chosen one. As was noted earlier, betting has been suspended.

Was Osborne’s Budget Good for You? (Journalists’ Edition)

Betting Suspended on Sky News Pol Ed

Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have suspended betting on the next Sky News political editor. It makes sense that if it is an internal hire we will hear imminently. Though the complexity of an external appointment may delay the news a little longer…

UPDATE: Who wouldn’t want the glamour of the job?

WATCH: Kay Burley’s Heroic Reporting From Malaysia

Kay Burley lost her phone in the line of duty as she bravely fought her way through a Malaysian media scrum live on Sky. Pray for Kay…

Monday, March 17, 2014

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

The trial continues…

BBC Spin Machine Lobbying MPs on Licence Fee

The BBC are using their team of expensive in-house lobbyists to cajole MPs into rejecting plans to decriminalise not paying the TV Licence Fee. In a briefing seen by Guido, smooth talking BBC lobbyist Alice Dickerson told MPs that “the BBC does not want people to go to prison,” before reminding MPs that 51 people were locked up for not paying their TV licence fines in 2012. She goes on to threaten that the move would mean the they would lose £200 million every year which “would lead to substantial cuts in BBC content and services”, and says she wants to delay any debate on the issue until 2016. Guido has a better idea of where the axe could fall: why not scrap Auntie’s army of PR types and lobbyists who use millions of licence fee payers’ money every year to lobby against our interests.


Media Reader

Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette
Jenni Russell and Her Child’s Godfather, Ed Miliband | Breitbart
Mirror’s Lazy Lie | Guardian
Mirror’s Weeping Child Picture Lying Lazy Journalism | Guardian
Coulson: Everything You Need to Know in 6 Seconds | MediaGuido
BBC Still Loves the Guardian | Breitbart
Establishment Times Chums Appeasing Tory Europhiles | UKIP
Andrew Pierce v Owen Jones | MediaGuido
Michael Rosen’s Expert Opinions | MediaGuido


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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.”



orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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