Sunday, February 24, 2013

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

The Sun is #1 for politics on Sundays. In Guido’s column today you can find out:

  • Which LibDem has been defending Lord Rennard?
  • Why should Jo Swinson know all about workplace cover-ups?
  • Why ‘bute’ is the least of our equine worries.
  • What MPs really think about the Civil Service.
  • How Chris Huhne’s moment of truth has been memorialised forever.

The column isn’t online, so get down the newsagents and read it today for only 50p…

Friday, February 22, 2013

Channel 4BBC

Channel 4 News editor Ben De Pear has been venting his frustration at the BBC in no uncertain terms this afternoon.

“So as the BBC release a publicly funded report into a public body the acting DG of the BBC will only be interviewed by the BBC about the BBC. In my time as a TV journalist I have been offered interviews with the following people produced by their own organisations; President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran, President Charles Taylor of Liberia, & Tim Davie of the BBC. We got Mugabe and Ahmedinejad ourselves but not Taylor & turned down his offer of self interview; we are still trying for Tim Davie.”

Now he’s taking the fight to Evan Davis:

Quite…

BBC Release Redacted Pollard Review

The redacted transcripts of the Beeb’s Savile inquiry can be read here. The black pen is particularly noticeable over Paxo’s evidence

UPDATE: Here are the top lines:

  • Paxman says it was “common gossip” at the BBC that Savile liked young girls
  • Jim’ll Fix It special suggested as “homage” to Savile, and “Christmas treat”, in October 2011. Entwistle described it as a “great idea”.
  • 8 out of 19 pages of Paxman’s evidence redacted.
  • Entwistle nicknamed himself “Gold Commander”.

UPDATE: Big thanks to @Tent101 for producing searchable PDF versions of the Pollard files:

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CPS Will Not Charge Neil Wallis

After two years on police bail the former deputy editor of the Screws will not be charged.

The CPS cite “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction”. The Wolfman is free…

Guardian Goes on Strike

Scabs beware: the NUJ are taking no prisoners for this afternoon’s Guardian and Observer strike. The walls at Kings Place have been emblazoned with shouty red “stop work” posters and hacks are being warned not to break ranks. Friday evening without them, what will we do…

Via @KevinJRawlinson

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Peter Rippon’s New Job

ripponPeter Rippon, he of ill-fated Newsnight blog fame, has finally been given a new job at the Beeb. Rippon will be in charge of developing the BBC’s online archive, hoping to make 80 years of Beeb history available to the public. There may be one person missing…

Dave Wades In to Beeb Spat
“You’re Not the Most Important Thing In This By-Election”

The BBC hit straight back against this morning’s claim from the Tories that they had behaved disingenuously, briefing that they invited Maria Hutchings to the 5Live hustings as far back as last Wednesday. CCHQ sources are citing security reasons as an excuse for the confusion. They aren’t taking it lightly, Damian Green has just told Sky that “the BBC can be a bit self-important”, and a “jolly cross” Dave has berated the Beeb’s man on the ground, saying his bosses had “behaved badly and stupidly”.

Rather awkwardly, it appears there would have been time for Hutchings to do the debate and still be able to meet the PM…

H/T @MichaelPDeacon

UPDATE: Here is what Dave had to say:

“I think the BBC has behaved badly and stupidly over this from everything I’ve heard about it. My understanding is that we were discussing with you for ages beforehand about the timing of the hustings and the fact that Maria wanted to be with me for this meeting. This is a totally got up thing by the BBC. You know you’re not the most important thing in this by-election – the candidates are.”

Not the voters then…

Media Movements: Sky Poach Telegraph News Editor

Quite a coup for Sky News: they have poached Telegraph news editor Matthew Bayley. He will be heading up Sky’s specialist journalism team.

A key player in the 2008 expenses investigation, he will be a loss…

Arf Maria

The Tories are not happy with the BBC over the Maria Hutchings hustings no show. Kicking back, CCHQ say they made clear to the Beeb they were happy for Hutchings to take part in a live hustings, so long as it didn’t clash with Dave’s visit to Eastleigh today. Despite that last night 5Live briefed that Hutchings had said no and that they would empty-chair her. A particularly irate Tory source insists: “The BBC are being disingenuous, they are wilfully misleading listeners. We’re not quite sure how this fits with their code of integrity”. There is even talk of an official complaint. Either way, that doesn’t change the fact that their candidate was the only one missing this morning…

UPDATE:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guardian Abolish Job of Woman on Maternity Leave

Rosamund Taylor, the now former editor of Guardian law, has been literally left holding the baby.


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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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