Sky News, We Need to Talk About the Glass Box

The Guy Newsroom has Sky News playing all day. The coverage is pacy and usually quicker than the BBC. They have a new studio set which for obvious reasons they are calling the Glass Box. It is early days yet and we may get used to it. However….

It looks to Guido like the presenters are at the back of the main exit of a shopping mall. Behind them is a distracting procession of suits wandering around. Male presenters in grey suits look like they are camouflaged against the steel and glass background, fortunately the female presenters are wearing vivid block colours to make them stand out. The new set just looks cold and austere to the viewer. They are going to have to tint that glass…

Yet Another Jeremy Hunt C-Bomb

It’s happened again on Sky News this lunchtime. Never gets old…

New Sky Line Up in Full


Sky News has announced a shake up. Here’s the new weekday schedule:

6am-10am: Sarah Jane-Mee and Jonathan Samuels present Sunrise

10am-11am: Adam Boulton presents a new show on Brexit called All Out Politics

11am-3pm: Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker present their usual lunchtime show

3pm-6:30pm: Kay Burley now on slightly later, extended into the evening

6.30pm-7pm: Ian King’s evening business show

7pm-9pm: Dermot Murnaghan taking over Sky News Tonight

9pm-midnight: Anna Botting does the papers

And the weekend schedule:

6am-10am: Stephen Dixon and new co-host Isabel Webster present Sunrise

10am-2pm Saturday: New show for Niall Paterson

2pm-5pm Saturday: Sophy Ridge presents

5pm-8pm Saturday and Sunday: Gillian Joseph

8pm-midnight Saturday and Sunday: Anna Jones

Sunday morning: Murnaghan continues

Noon-2pm Sunday: Sophy Ridge

2pm-5pm Sunday: Niall Paterson

Sky Cut Off Trump Poster Girl Over Migrant “Bronzer” Rant

Kay Burley shut down Trump-supporting alt-righter Lauren Southern on Sky News after the Rebel Media journalist said she could “put on some bronzer, get on a dinghy boat and show up on the border of Sicily with a Koran in hand and then be accepted as an immigrant”. They might see through her disguise…


Kay says Lauren will not be invited back…

Kay Burley Tells Owen Smith: “You’re Toast”

Kay Burley gave Owen Smith some home truths on Sky News, but Oily was in denial:

Kay: “You’re toast, aren’t you? I mean, you’ve got no chance of being Labour leader.”

Owen: “I don’t agree with that at all. There’s been one poll that puts me 20 points behind…”

Kay: “24 points, in fact.”

Owen: “Yeah well, the truth is it’s a poll based on last year’s data, last year’s selectorate… Our data, the polling that we’ve been doing, the phone banking that we’ve been doing shows that this is still balanced on a knife edge. It’s 50-50.”

Kay: “Are you sure Mr Smith?”

Owen: “Positive. Positive.”

Kay: “Are you really? Really?”

Owen: “Yes.”


Corbyn on TrainGate

Darren McCaffrey provoked Corbyn’s famous ire with the MSM when asking him questions about TrainGate. Corbyn’s story changed, claiming he couldn’t find two (rather than one) seats. Still more believable than Smith’s excuses this morning…

Sky’s Poppy Trowbridge to Be Chancellor’s SpAd


Guido understands Sky News correspondent Poppy Trowbridge has been appointed as the new Special Adviser to the Chancellor. Poppy will be a recognisable face to many readers, she has reported on business and consumer affairs for Sky for the last four years. Now she is moving to the Treasury after being poached by Philip Hammond. Congratulations Poppy, though another journalist over to the dark side…

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Martin Brunt’s Partridge Moment

“If I was a terrorist, I could have killed them all.”

Paul Mason’s “Corbyn’s Not Rubbish” Rant Against “Torture & Rendition Ultra-Blairites”

Paul Mason laid out his loony left vision for the Labour party in a series of bizarre rants targeting Blairites:

“For the Blairites, for the twenty or thirty ultra Blairites, you know, the torture, rendition and Iraq war brigade, they might feel happier in a centrist party.”

He also manages to throw the Greek Syriza party in for good measure.[…]


Sophy Ridge C-Bombs Jeremy Hunt

Boulton, pro that it he is, barely reacts, watch the eyes…[…]


Media Mistakes Under Reshuffle Pressure

hunt truss telegraph

May’s fast-paced reshuffle is clearly frazzling some, with the Telegraph Politics first saying the new Justice Secretary Liz Truss had been moved to education, and then using a picture of Jeremy Hunt when referring to Gavin Williamson. They had one job…

Next a woman – sounding remarkably like Sky News reporter Beth Rigby – is heard exclaiming “Oh sh*t I dropped my phone” while trying to question Jeremy Hunt.[…]


Corbyn Lists Reasons to Oppose EU on Sky Debate

Corbyn calls his support for the EU “not unconditional”, lashes out at TTIP, EU shielded tax havens, and the way “systematically big companies are exploiting loopholes” in  EU law. Return to base Agent Corbyn, your work is done…[…]


Owen Jones Walks Out of Sky News Paper Review

Tensions running high on the press preview after the attack in Orlando.

Longer version here.


Campaign Report: 21 Days to Go

Football Brexit

Leave message: Patriotic England footballers for Brexit!

Remain message: Farmers weekly back Remain.

Cut through: Cameron’s grilling on Sky’s #InOrOut Debate.

Leave social media count: 446,349 likes, 49,936 followers.

Remain social media count: 449,429 likes, 32,921 followers.

Odds: Remain 2/5, Leave between 12/5

Latest poll: Remain 41%, Leave 41% (YouGov, online). […]


#InOrOut Debate: The Spin Room

Farage on “the key issue”:

He didn’t hold back on Cameron’s performance:

Ex-military IDS on the real reason we “get on with all our neighbours”:

And on Cameron’s weak economic arguments:

Bring on Gove…[…]


Trump Sings “We’re Gonna Build a Wall”



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