Welsh political establishment luvvies Rhuanedd Richards and Elin Gwilym had a good old chit chat at the Urdd, a nationalistic welsh language youth festival, this weekend. Rhuanedd is a former BBC Wales political correspondent turned chief executive of Plaid Cymru, while Elin is a current BBC Wales hack in the running, some say, to become their new political editor. Rhuanedd and Elin are mates, so much so that photographs together in a tent at the rainy campsite were posted on Facebook. For some reason the photos uploaded to Rhuanedd’s Facebook page were mysteriously deleted after Guido pointed out the cosy relationship yesterday. BBC Wales and Plaid Cymru are getting ever closer…
Just what did he mean by “never asking for anybody’s birthday certificate”?
UPDATE: Max has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault.
Guido shares a page with Russell Brand as Dave goes looking for Chuka in Ibiza in today’s Sun. In the column today:
- Harman stitches up a seat for a millionaire comedian’s daughter
- Balls is on borrowed time and borrowed Co-op money
- Theresa May woos Tory wags
- Hodge the Dodge misses £100 million of BBC waste
- James Wharton plays hardball with Number 10
- A Tory MP and researcher get a bit too close in the Sports and Social
- Technophobe MPs double claim for expenses on new touch credit cards
- Why skiving civil service pen pushers will only be working two days next week.
All in your 60p Sun.
Yet more frankly unbelievable waste from the BBC. New DG Tony Hall has called time on their Digital Media Initiative, which has by their own admission completely and utterly failed in its task of carrying them into the digital age. Hall’s scathing statement admits:
“The DMI project has wasted a huge amount of Licence Fee payers’ money and I saw no reason to allow that to continue which is why I have closed it. I have serious concerns about how we managed this project and the review that has been set up is designed to find out what went wrong and what lessons can be learned.”
The total cost is a staggering £98.4 million…
The digital gurus over at ITV News have been trying to make ITV a social media savvy news outlet. So it was all a bit awkward when their website crashed yesterday, buckling under the traffic spike that came with their footage of the Woolwich terrorist. This blog became the only news outlet running the video, fully credited and attributed to them in the headline, of course.
Since it was now the only immediately available copy, news websites across the world used the video from this blog – with the ITV watermark. Sixteen hours and 1,867,835 YouTube views later, and having failed to capitalise on their own scoop, the ITV News team finally sprang into action and had the video removed from YouTube. Social-media is about sharing, that is why it is called “social”. It is not our fault if ITV’s site can’t take a traffic spike…
Guido had a record traffic day yesterday with our fast reacting curation of the news from Woolwich. You can now watch a more extended version of the footage courtesy of our friends at The Sun...
UK national newspaper website figures for the last month are out, with the Mail still well out a head. The percentage change is year on year.
-MailOnline: 7,833,182 (up 39%)
-Guardian.co.uk: 4,771,866 (up 23.1%)
-Telegraph.co.uk: 3,041,594 (up 29.8%)
-Mirror: 1,176,217 (up 78%)
-The Sun: 1,698,572 (up 11%)
-Independent: 1,131,150 (62.5%)
-Metro: 406,187 (38,5%)
For the sake of comparison Guido had 516,730 unique visitors in April (up 53%).
Despite the new pay-wall, the Telegraph is beginning to catch up with the freebie Guardian.
No end in sight for the scandal-hit BBC: now Today programme veteran John Humphrys has confessed to bribing a police officer… with a bottle of whisky as a 17-year-old reporter. Humphrys has finally come clean over how he was the mastermind behind the crime 50 years on: “Now they would be banging my door down at 5am in the morning”. Operation Elveden have their latest suspect…
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