Danny Cohen to Leave BBC

The BBC’s Director of Television is off:

“After eight wonderful years at the BBC, it is time for my next big challenge. BBC Television is on brilliant creative form. I feel very privileged to have led Television for the world’s finest public service broadcaster and to have worked with so many smart and talented people. In particular, I’d like to thank my fantastic team across BBC Television, all the people who have been involved with making our programmes in the last few years, my colleagues on the Executive Board and Tony Hall, who I admire greatly.”

Cohen will leave at the end of November…

Guardian Seeks Digital-Friendly Pol Ed

Last month Guido brought you the news that Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour is stepping down. It seems new editor Kath Viner is looking for someone a bit more digital-friendly.

“Understanding of social media” is “a strong advantage” says the job advert, going on to stress the successful candidate will have to “embrace social media as part of the Guardian’s commitment to open journalism and engagement of our audience”. Not only that, they will be “willing to embrace different media and non-text ways of telling stories“. You don’t even need to have inky fingers to apply, experience on a “national website” will do.

That said, “experience in front of camera” is described as “desirable“, which is good news for telegenic chief political correspondent Nick Watt. The deadline for applications is two weeks today. Anyone with a Twitter account or blog can apply here. No, they can’t afford Guido…

UPDATE: Kath Viner emails Guardian staff:

“After an extraordinary 27 years working in the lobby for the Guardian and the Observer, the last nine of them as political editor for the Guardian, Patrick Wintour has decided it’s time to move on. Patrick will become diplomatic editor, reporting to the international desk in London. I’d like to thank him for all his incredible hard work over such a long period. Julian Borger becomes world affairs editor, and will move to Washington DC next year.”

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

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Guido’s favourite conference story is the lead in today’s Sun on Sunday column: read all about the Cabinet minister who slipped at the urinal, ending up with a man weeing on his head. Don’t miss out on:

CHRIS

  • You’re in Trouble, Chris: Eurosceptic Grayling Set for Cabinet Axe

DAVE

  • How the PM celebrated his birthday, and why SamCam got the giggles

ART

  • Revealed: Taxpayer billed six figures to touch up 829 paintings in Whitehall departments

CAMPBELL

  • Arise, Lord Campbell! Sol says he wants to be made a peer
  • How the PM’s army of enforcers controlled Eurosceptics at Tory conference
  • Which sozzled Tory MP was spotted in the Midland hotel bar at 3am swiping through the Grindr gay dating app?
  • Why did Nigel Farage want the option to cancel a charity Proper F***ing Lunch?
  • Why Sadiq will have to think again about using Zac’s Old Etonian past against him

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

“15 Months to Save the BBC”: Dugher Lifts Burnham’s Failed NHS Spin

You would have thought Labour might have learned from Andy Burnham’s tiresome “save the NHS” nonsense before the election. In 2011 Labour said there were just 72 hours to save the NHS. In 2012, they said there were only 24 hours to save it. And earlier this year, they said there were “100 days until the election, 100 days to save the NHS“. 153 days later and, shockingly, the NHS is still here…

Voters didn’t believe this transparent scaremongering, though that hasn’t stopped new Shadow Culture Secretary Michael Dugher from trying the exact same trick with the BBC. He says this morning that “We now have 15 months left to save the BBC” or else it will be “dismantled“. What’s the betting that Auntie is still here at the beginning of 2017…

Guardian Writer on Jewish Journalist: “F**k Him, They Should Cut His Throat”

Readers will remember Richard Seymour, the very angry blogger who has written for the Guardian over 100 times but probably won’t again after his slur against Falklands hero Simon Weston. Seymour has covered himself in more glory by hoping that a Jewish journalist gets his throat cut by Palestinian terrorists:

Seymour hasn’t written for the Guardian since the turn of the year. Presumably he didn’t spend his spare time attending anger management classes…

Cameron’s Speech: Left Wing Commentariat Reacts

Not only did the PM’s speech go down a storm with his Tory colleagues, but it appears also to be winning plaudits from the left-wing twitterati:

Why don’t they just join the Tories?

Robert Peston to Join ITV and Rival Andrew Marr

The Peston job saga carried on for longer than it takes for him to finish a sentence, but he has at last made his decision. According to Media Guardian, Peston will become ITV political editor and will also “host a new Sunday morning chatshow”, rivalling Andrew Marr. He’s off…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

Find out all the details of the Jeremy Corbyn victory party being hosted at Tory conference tomorrow night in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column. Don’t miss out on:

JESS

  • Why did a Labour MP bend down in a packed nightclub and kiss Jess Phillips on her foot?

DIANE

  • Find out which Labour MP burned Diane: “At least I don’t have to go through the door sideways”

SHADOW

  • What the Shadow Cabinet really think about Jeremy Corbyn
  • Corbyn snubbed the regional broadcasters this week… choosing to speak on Venezuelan and Qatari TV instead
  • Anti-austerity celebs turn up in Manchester… but non-VIP activists will be sleeping on the floor for £2 a night
  • Things that go bump in the Nige: UKIP rebels to host Farage themed Halloween party mocking their leader
  • See who Guido is putting a few quid on for next Labour leader
  • You’ll never guess what disgraced Cenotaph Union Flag swinger Charlie Gilmour is up to these days
  • How Nicky Morgan will show her Ambition at Tory conference tonight
  • How much has Nadine Dorries made from her books in the last year?

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Max Mosley Bankrolled Watson’s Deputy Leadership Campaign

Tom Watson’s deputy leadership campaign was bankrolled by multi-millionaire former Monaco-based tax exile Max Mosley. Guido can reveal Mosley wrote Watson a cheque for £12,500 in August, also providing him with £27,554 worth of printing, a total of a cool […]

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Jeremy Snore-byn

Slumbering Jeremy Corbyn was late for his morning round of broadcast interviews because he could not be woken by his team. The excuse doing the rounds among exasperated producers is that the Labour leader “could not be raised“. […]

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The People Speak: Gogglebox Covers #Piggate

Famed Gogglebox duo Stephen and Chris have finally weighed in on the debate over journalistic standards arising from Ashcroft and Oakeshott’s publication of rumours about Cameron and THAT pig. While Chris expressed doubt about Isabel Oakeshott’s decision to let […]

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Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

Guido reveals the hottest job in Westminster in today’s Sun on Sunday column, which is free to read online here. Don’t miss out on:

  • Who’s the #PigGate squealer? Find out why this Tory MP is Downing Street’s prime suspect

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