Emma Thompson’s British Exit U Turn

Remainer-luvvie Emma Thompson, who in February won a lot of publicity by moving to Venice with her husband in the wake of Brexit, has fled back to Scotland after northern Italy became a no-go zone due to Coronavirus. You can’t outrun a global pandemic, Emma…

A local co-conspirator has informed Guido they spotted Thompson last Tuesday in their Argyll supermarket, where the two have “a cottage, a barn and seven sheep”. Just two weeks after becoming honorary Italian citizens…

Guido can almost understand Emma’s decision, as the media’s advice on running away to second homes has been far from clear. On Saturday, the Daily Mail published the now-deleted article, “Britain’s brilliant boltholes: The best places to revel in splendid isolation, from the lonely Lancashire hills to the Welsh wilderness”, even recommending activities in case rural boredom sets in.

This morning, the Mail labelled those running away, as they advised, to the countryside or the coast to avoid coronavirus, “covidiots”. An even quicker and more embarrassing u-turn than Emma Thompson was capable of…

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Time to Work from Home

The Guido team have been working from our homes today and using video conferencing to keep in touch with each other. We closed the Guy Newsroom yesterday until further notice. Stay home, stay safe co-conspirators…

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Winning New Format for Question Time

As Guido revealed earlier this week, the BBC’s flagship debate programme Question Time was to go ahead last night without an audience for the first time in its 41 year history, as well as spread out panellists demonstrating social distancing. What resulted was one of the most watchable editions of the programme, as well as one of the most informative, detailed and least partisan discussions Question Time has broadcast. Even Corbynites couldn’t claim the audience was full of Tory stooges…

The show’s new partisan-free audience went down very well with viewers

With the Doctor endorsing their new format, BBC producers should hopefully sit up and listen…

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Suzanne Moore Fires Back in Continuing Guardian Trans Row

After an editorial conference descended into chaos at the start of this month, relations at The Guardian have gone from bad to worse. 338 staff have asked for a response on how the paper will address concerns after a third trans employee quit the company in less than a year.

“As employees across the Guardian, we are deeply distressed by the resignation of another trans colleague in the UK, the third in less than a year.

We feel it is critical that the Guardian do more to become a safe and welcoming workplace for trans and non-binary people.

We are also disappointed in the Guardian’s repeated decision to publish anti-trans views. We are proud to work at a newspaper which supports human rights and gives voice to people underrepresented in the media. But the pattern of publishing transphobic content has interfered with our work and cemented our reputation as a publication hostile to trans rights and trans employees.

We strongly support trans equality and want to see the Guardian live up to its values and do the same.

We look forward to working with Guardian leadership to address these pressing concerns, and request a response.”

Columnist Suzanne Moore proceeded to publish the names of every signatory on twitlonger.com, unleashing hell in the office and incoherently ranting:

Here it is .You do what you want with this info. I.was denounced on a room of 200.when I was not there. This letter does not name me but associates my articles with walkouts. I have never heard of most of these people”

One staff member, with a complete lack of self-awarenesss, tells Guido “It’s just so nasty of her”. “Everyone is just trying to do their f*****g jobs and now they’re being bombarded… people on the list helming the coronavirus coverage [are] getting f**kloads of abuse.” The list of people, who apparently did not want to openly put their name to denouncing Suzanne, is of mainly lowly employees and non-editors, along with Owen Jones of course…

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Calls for Lobby to be Televised in Response to Coronavirus

There’s nothing like a global crisis to get people to change their perspectives on the world. Guido is delighted to see some fellow journalists now understanding the needs of a modern democracy, backing broadcasting No. 10 press briefings; ensuring information can get through to the public properly. Time to ditch the archaic filtering, spin, and delay the typical private embargoed briefings create…

After today’s lobby briefing – in which the PM’s official spokesman u-turned on the PM’s words yesterday and said there is “zero prospect” of restrictions on travelling in or out of London – both journalists from BBC Newsnight and the FT have called for the briefings to now be televised to “maximise chance of these messages getting through.”

On the topic of the Lobby, for the benefit of the more clueless members of the cartel who claim Guido’s write up of Downing Street’s Lobby truce broke an ‘on background’ restriction, Communications Director Lee Cain agreed after the event to allow his “time for a truce talk” to be on the record. You only had to ask…

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Beeb Slims Down for Coronavirus

It’s all change at the BBC as new hardline Covid-19 policy sweeps across the organisation. From today, BBC News has retreated to become a ‘core news’ service. PoliticsLive‘s socially distanced edition yesterday seemed to not go down well, as from today the show has been taken off air. The Andrew Neil Show, HARDtalk, Newswatch, and The Travel Show have also been suspended…

The new core service model is from today replacing some programmes on BBC Two, including Victoria Derbyshire and Politics Live, the teams of which will switch to working to “support the core operation”. Newsnight and The Andrew Marr Show have survived the cull, however, will be operating with a reduced team. Last night’s Newsnight saw guests wearing their BBC lanyards, having had to put on their microphones themselves…

Employees working at the Beeb have been told to keep an empty desk between each other, while many others are working from home. Media Guido will be watching with interest to see how much content the BBC can still pump out with a less bloated workforce…

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