Ofcom Take No Action Against Jo Brand’s Battery Acid Comment

Jo Brand caused outrage last year with comments that seemed to incite throwing battery acid over politicians. At the time, Nigel Farage told Guido that “This is incitement of violence and the police need to act”, whilst Theresa May called on the BBC to “explain why it considers this to have been appropriate content for broadcast.” Now after seven months of ‘investigation’, nothing will be done.

Today Ofcom has said although Brand’s comments “had clear potential to offend listeners”, the regulator justified them by referencing “the audience’s likely expectations of Jo Brand’s style – and of this established show, which sets out to challenge accepted views in society through provocative comedy.” When asked for comment by Guido, Nigel said “typical”…

mdi-timer January 27th 2020 @ 3:58 pm 27th Jan 2020 @ 3:58 pm mdi-comment Comments
Pienaar Laughs Along with “Coconut” Slur Against Saj

The BBC failed to challenge an on-air racial slur against Sajid Javid yesterday, with John Pienaar instead nervously laughing along after left-wing comedian Shazia Mirza called the first ethnic minority chancellor a “coconut“. The term used against BAME people who are said to have ‘betrayed their race’; with them depicted as ‘brown on the outside, white on the inside’…

Mizra has repeatedly used the slur against Saj, writing last year:

“Some people think the term ‘coconut’ is brazenly racist. It could be, depending on the way that it’s used. When I refer to Sajid Javid as a coconut, I am not referring to his skin colour; I am referring to his lack of loyalties and patriotism towards a group of people from the same background.”

Which sounds to Guido like she is referring to his race…

Last year Saj felt forced to hit out against a torrent of left-wing racial slurs including ‘coconut‘ and ‘uncle Tom‘, demanding that Jeremy Corbyn denounce supporters of his who repeatedly sling them at him.

Mizra view does seem to be isolated, with people on all sides of the political spectrum condemning the phrase. Pienaar, however, chose to chuckle along rather than challenge the targeted slur. Why?

mdi-timer January 27th 2020 @ 12:20 pm 27th Jan 2020 @ 12:20 pm mdi-comment Comments
Nicky Morgan Hints at BBC Licence Fee Reform

Speaking to Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking podcast this week, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan hinted that substantial reform for the national broadcaster might be just around the corner. Morgan said that the funding of the BBC is an issue that increasingly comes up on the doorstep: “why do I pay my licence fee, I don’t watch it, I don’t agree with it.” She went on to hint that scrapping the archaic licence fee was on the table going forward…

“This is the start of a process… people outside politics expect politicians to ask those questions, not just go ‘it’s all fine'”

Guido can’t wait…

mdi-timer January 24th 2020 @ 3:00 pm 24th Jan 2020 @ 3:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Corbynite Question Time Audience Member Calls Northerners ‘Brainwashed’

Blame the press, insult the voters you lost at the election – it’s not the surest route back to power…

mdi-timer January 24th 2020 @ 8:45 am 24th Jan 2020 @ 8:45 am mdi-comment Comments
Guido Wants Your Questions for Tomorrow’s People’s Press Briefing

Guido’s victory today in prising open the Lobby cartel now allows the daily No. 10 press briefing to be reported in realtime. Whilst it is far from the last reform Guido wants to see, it enables Guido to democratise proceedings by involving the people who make the site what it is our co-conspirators.

Much like Boris’s successful ‘People’s PMQs‘, Guido wants you to submit questions for us to ask in tomorrow’s Downing Street Press Briefing. All while Guido continues to live-tweet, of course…

Submit your question via email and Guido will sift through them tonight. Then tune in tomorrow for the first-ever #PeoplesBriefings…

mdi-timer January 23rd 2020 @ 4:12 pm 23rd Jan 2020 @ 4:12 pm mdi-comment Comments
Victoria Derbyshire Learned Her Show Was Being Axed From Yesterday’s Times Article

In an impassioned Twitter thread, Victoria Derbyshire responded to the BBC’s confirmation that her programme is to be taken off air later this year. This follows her defiant stance on air this morning…

“Absolutely devastated at the plan to end our programme (which I first learned about in yesterday’s Times). I’m unbelievably proud of what our team and our show have achieved in under 5 years …

… breaking tonnes of original stories (which we were asked to do); attracting a working class, young, diverse audience that BBC radio & TV news progs just don’t reach (which we were asked to do); & smashing the digital figures (which we were asked to do) …

I’m gutted particularly for our brilliant, young, ambitious, talented team – love ‘em. And for all those people we gave a voice to. Love them too.”

This afternoon the BBC wrote to staff saying “we plan to end the Victoria Derbyshire programme on television, later this year. This has not been an easy decision.” Harsh…

The statement also gave a hint that the programme may continue in some form, just not on television. “audience behaviours are changing. Linear television viewing is declining, and as we progress with our £80m savings target, it is no longer cost-effective to continue producing the programme on television”

mdi-timer January 23rd 2020 @ 2:53 pm 23rd Jan 2020 @ 2:53 pm mdi-comment Comments
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