Tory MP: I have Torn Up My TV Licence, BBC Won’t Get Another Penny Out of Me

Co-conspirators’ favourite no-nonsense Tory MP Lee Anderson had another barnstorming outing in the Commons yesterday, professing that he has torn up his TV Licence following the Martin Bashir scandal, and the corporation “won’t get another penny” out of him “ever“. The Ashfield MP told fellow MPs the BBC is “rotten”:

“In my opinion, the once-great BBC is rotten, and my constituents should not have to pay for a service if they don’t use it.”

He ended his intervention with a call to the minister to transform the BBC into a subscription service. Whittingdale didn’t fully avoid the point, saying “I have no doubt that that is a debate that has already started and will continue.” Guido will make sure of it…

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BBC’s Palestinian Specialist Was Hitler Fan-Girl

Usually our series of articles highlighting expert activists exposes interview guests posing as neutral experts whilst hiding their partisan political agenda. In the case of Tala Halawa, we’re focusing on a BBC journalist who for three years has been reporting on Palestine. She previously stated that she saw her mission as highlighting the “Palestinian case”. Presumably that is why she was hired by the impartial BBC.

The BBC may be regretting hiring her after old tweets were discovered that give an inkling of her thinking. The BBC are keen to emphasise they are taking this “extremely seriously”, weakly pointing out she was not a BBC journalist in 2014 when she tweeted this particular post. She has now deleted her account…

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BBC Bashes BBC Over Diana, BBC Unavailable for Comment

Amol Rajan, the BBC’s media editor, absolutely spanked the BBC in this report for BBC News.

No one has been more critical of the BBC this week than the BBC…

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Hislop Claims Diana Knew What She Was Doing

Guido’s cartoonist Rich Johnston was in the audience for the Have I Got News for You show recording yesterday, he reports that:

“There was some confusion about when the new Panorama investigation into the Martin Bashir interview with Princess Diana was or wasn’t being broadcast, having to talk in the past, present or future tenses, as the show was recorded the day before transmission, but Ian Hislop made one of the more nuanced analyses over Diana and the culpability of Bashir, reminding us that at the time, Diana had, without attribution, already written the book of her life with Andrew Morton, that was going to do a TV interview with someone anyway, and that she had writers prepare lines such as “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” – she didn’t write those herself. Bashir’s actions, basically, pushed him to the top of the queue.”

Essentially, according to Hislop, Bashir may have forged and bluffed his way into getting the interview, however what she said and the consequences that followed were of her own making, contrary to what Prince William asserted in his statement last night. Will be interesting to see if Hislop’s comments make it past the edit into the broadcast version of the BBC show tonight. Will it be a case of “We Haven’t Got News for You?”

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BBC Haemorrhaging 500 Licence Fee Payers a Day

It’s not just Princess Diana causing a migraine for the BBC this morning. A report by MPs has slammed corporation bosses as “complacent and unconcerned” about their finances after the report found around 200,000 households a year are stopping paying the telly tax. Over 500 licence fee losses a day…

The haemorrhaging of viewers has contributed to a £310 million black hole in the BBC’s finances. The report came from parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, and says that “when pressed, the BBC seem unconcerned by the decline, maintaining that overall the number of users it reaches is high compared to other broadcasters”.

The report also says that despite – as Guido first revealed – plans for an increased presence “in the nations and regions”, the plans “seem unclear and disjointed”. Guido commends all 200,000 who have seen sense…

Read the report in full here:

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Kay & Beth’s Social Media Fallout

The last time Guido saw Kay Burley and Beth Rigby together, they were warmly hugging and saying goodbye after Kay’s rule-breaking 60th. It seems their friendship may have taken a considerable hit since the birthday party jeopardised their careers; the two no longer follow each other on Instagram or Twitter. A frosting of their friendship compared to the numerous pictures of them hugging online…

The two were once inseparable on Instagram, liking all of each other’s posts. Now neither appear in each other’s ‘following’ lists. ‘Likes’ from Kay on Beth’s photos can still be seen, however none vice versa, which implies Kay may have blocked Beth. A similar fallout can be seen on Twitter, as neither now follows each other; their last interaction appearing on November 12th for Kay to Beth, and November 27th for Beth to Kay. Unfollowing and blocking on social media is a teen-mean-girl form of passive-aggressive cyber-bullying. Is there an innocent explanation? Kay has another month of suspension before she is re-united on-screen with Beth…

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