Dimbleby’s Musical Question Time Farewell

Last night at the Question Time party thrown in celebration of David Dimbleby’s time in the chair of the BBC’s flagship political programme, a song (composed by Question Time’s recently promoted producer Poppy Bullard) was sung in his honour, set to the tune of ABBA’s Dancing Queen. Guido has obtained the lyrics…

It’s David Dimbleby
Young and free
Only eighty
Dimbleby
Longest serving chair of QT, oh yeah

Read the brilliant homage in full here:

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Dimbleby Bows Out of Question Time to Standing Ovation

Last night saw David Dimbleby’s last ever time in the Chair of BBC Question Time, drawing a remarkable 25 year era to a close. Panelist Jo Brand led a touching standing ovation in tribute to the veteran broadcaster.

“From me a happy Christmas, and not goodbye, but goodnight.”

Dimblebot is an institution and Guido wishes him well.

Question Time returns to our screens from Islington on 10th January, hosted by Fiona Bruce.

Question Time’s £450,000 Gender Pay Problem

The conventional wisdom is that the BBC will appoint a woman to present Question Time. David Dimbleby is paid £450,000 a year, or £15,000 an episode. If he is replaced by a woman, gender pay sensitivities mean it is unthinkable that she could be given a pay cut. The Beeb would have to stump up the full £450,000. If a man is hired, however, insiders note, the salary could be slashed, potentially saving the BBC and licence fee payers hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. Tough one for Beeb bean counters…

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Which Family Really Has Too Much Media Influence?

The Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally ruled that 21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of the 61% of Sky it does not already own was not in the public interest due to concerns about media plurality. The CMA says the Murdoch family trust would have “too much control over news providers in the UK across all media platforms and therefore too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda.”

Which multi-platform media giant really dominates the news industry in Britain? The BBC controls some two-fifths of the news market, nearly double that controlled by Sky and News UK.

Which family really has for decades had too much control over British public opinion and the political agenda on multiple media platforms? Which family dominates BBC coverage of the Royal Family, general elections, budgets, as well as the flagship weekly current affairs shows; Question Time and Any Questions? The Dimblebys…

BBC: Home of Despite Brexit

Last week David Dimbleby unwisely challenged Brexit champion Jacob Rees-Mogg when he pointed out the BBC had regularly pushed the “despite brexit” agenda. A clearly riled Dimbleby tore into Rees-Mogg on Question Time:

“Can you actually specify an occasion when you’ve heard that… have you got a quotation?… Are you sure, are you sure?”

Well… how about these, all from the BBC News website…

We’re sure, Mr Dimbleby…

BBC Question Time Panels Dominated by Remainers

Julia Hartley-Brewer joked with David Dimbleby on Question Time a couple of weeks ago that she was used to being the only Brexiteer on a panel. And she was right.

Lefties used to complain that Nigel Farage was forever on the programme, he has only appeared once in the 42 Question Time shows there have been since the referendum. According to research done by a co-conspirator*, Remain panelists have outnumbered Leavers by 137-72, nearly twice as many. 86% of the time the panel was dominated by Remainers…

  • Leavers have only outnumbered Remainers in 3 episodes. Remainers dominated in 36.
  • In 16 editions there was only a single Leaver.
  • Prominent anti-Brexiteers dominate the repeat appearances with Emily Thornberry and Richard Burgon on 5 times, Alex Salmond and Leanne Wood on 3 times.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg was the only Brexiteer to appear 3 times.

Given the majority of the country backed Leave is it really too hard for the producers to have more balanced panels? Admittedly most of the political establishment they have to choose from is pro-Remain…

*Researched by co-conspirator and journalist Ken Andrew. He excluded the non-partisan edition immediately after the Manchester bombing and the Leaders’ Debates.

Dimbleby Ejects Corbynista #BBCQT Heckler

This shouty crackers Corbynista in the flowery shirt got to ask his question defending Jez and attacking Blairites – but he wouldn’t shut up for the rest of the programme. Dimbers sorted him…

Dimbleby Calls Copeland Wrong

11:12pm last night:

“Copeland has been held by Labour. The Tories haven’t taken Copeland.”

David Dimbleby’s sources on the ground let him down…

BBC Declares Brexit Winner

History in the making…

Cameron: Leave Voters ‘Confused’

Audience member: “What I don’t understand is with all these experts that you’ve got saying we should stay in, why the British public isn’t more convinced, why is Brexit in the lead?”

Cameron: “Well, I think people have found this debate, and all the facts and the figures, perhaps quite confusing. People need to think very carefully.”

That’ll win ’em round…

The Mogg v Dimbleby

Jacob Rees-Mogg was on fine  form last night on Question Time, with a choice retort to chair David Dimbleby.

H/T @Holbornlolz

Stella Creasy Questions Dimbleby on Sexuality

Stella Creasy made her pitch for the Deputy Leadership last night, but the most memorable moment was her bizarrely questioning poor old David Dimbleby on his sexuality:

Creasy: How would you like it if someone treated you like that David?

Dimbleby: Did what?

Creasy: Somebody Judged you in that way. I feel worried and ashamed that sometimes the way we talk about..

Dimbleby: You’ve lost me now..

Creasy: Because if somebody said something so core to your being that your sexuality was something they could judge in that way. Everyone’s laughing at this, why is it funny?

The flamboyant (and married) tie aficionado was very confused…

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