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
Guido Victory: Lobby Chairman Tears Up Cartel’s Rulebook

The Lobby Chairman Christopher Hope has just announced to hacks in the room that live tweeting from Downing Street press briefings will now be permitted.

All the disingenuous arguments about why the briefing could not possibly be reported in realtime have been blown away.

An incredible U-turn – White House-style live streaming video of the press briefing is a step nearer today…

mdi-timer January 23rd 2020 @ 11:18 am 23rd Jan 2020 @ 11:18 am mdi-comment Comments
Dods CEO Simon Presswell Steps Down With Immediate Effect

Political publishers Dods said earlier today that its earnings would decline year-on-year yet again. Earnings are expected to fall 20% to £2.8 million from £3.5 million the year before. Presswell lasted 17 months as CEO before falling on his sword. Dods’ CEOs seem to last on average 2 years before they get fired. Dods blamed uncertainty and the election for the poor performance. Guido expects to have a bumper 2020. If they are looking for a CEO who knows how to make a profit out of digital political publishing…

mdi-timer January 22nd 2020 @ 6:07 pm 22nd Jan 2020 @ 6:07 pm mdi-comment Comments
Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Zarb versus Chorley

The Times’ Matt Chorley found himself in a scrap with Rebecca Long-Bailey spinner Matt Zarb Cousin this morning when pointing out that Long-Bailey conducted an interview in which she tried to distance herself from Corbyn… inside one of Corbyn’s office rooms. Zarb-Cousin tried to hit back with what looks like a denial…

However, as with other Matt Zarb Cousin denials, this one quickly fell apart…

Long-Bailey’s interview was in Corbyn’s suite of offices. Zarb-Cousin, who used to work for Jezza, claiming that this is materially different from inside his core office, seems to be a stretch…

As ever Guido will let you decide who won…

mdi-timer January 22nd 2020 @ 2:44 pm 22nd Jan 2020 @ 2:44 pm mdi-comment Comments
Downing Street Press Briefing Descends Into Chaos

The Lobby did not take kindly to Guido’s live-Tweeting transparency initiative today, as one-by-one Lobby hacks erupted into a cacophony of complaints that their cartel is being chipped away. All in a day’s work…

Urgent clarification was sought from half-a-dozen journalists over whether the Number 10 briefing was only for the Lobby or not. The Prime Minister’s spokesman James Slack told the room the rules of Downing Street’s press briefings are determined by the lobby for members of the lobby. As Guido is not a signed-up member of the cartel, this was useful to hear reiterated…

One hack spitefully joined in with the chaotic chorus, saying Guido reporters “aren’t really journalists.” In the heat of the moment Lobby Chairman Chris Hope agreed – something for which he has since apologised. Assorted Lobby hacks asked what the punishment would be for journalists breaking their self-imposed rules. They were none-too-impressed when Slack reminded the Lobby they enforce their rules for their members and Number 10 was not going to get involved…

One hack complained that Guido named the Prime Minister’s spokesman as James Slack, saying “you’re spokesman, aren’t you?” Slack retorted “It’s been convention that I’ve not been named, but some news agencies name me and others don’t. I have no view either way.” This current government is, after all, not afraid to break with precedent…

After around ten minutes of hectoring, Slack wearily asked the Lobby if they had any questions that weren’t to do with themselves, and pertained to actual Government business. They reluctantly accepted…

The post-meeting huddle – led by the chief instigators of the cacophony – Tom Newton Dunn and Pippa Crerar – cornered Slack to demand a discussion about who can turn up to the briefings, presumably pushing for even more of a closed shop. Which would be a bizarre move given the Lobby claims to be all about embracing transparency…

mdi-timer January 21st 2020 @ 2:45 pm 21st Jan 2020 @ 2:45 pm mdi-comment Comments
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