Maitlis’s Just Stop Oil Sycophancy: Brought to You by Virgin Atlantic

Guido highly recommends the latest episode of the News Agents. Released last night, it features Emily Maitlis breaking the Guinness World Record for cognitive dissonance, as she opens the show by comparing Just Stop Oil to the suffragettes and Rosa Parks… and ends it by reading a Virgin Atlantic ad:

“It’s about the welcome you get, it’s about the customers, and it’s about people going… just an extra mile”.

That extra mile pumps out an average of 53 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere…

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Maitlis Reacts to News of Boris Standing

The news of Boris’s potential return to  Downing Street is annoying all the right people. Stephen Fry has gone viral tweeting in his usual twee way, “No @BorisJohnson no no no no no NO! Under absolutely no circumstances. Ever. Ever ever ever, d’you hear?”

Guido’s sure Boris will have taken Stephen’s opinion on board…

Emily Maitlis meanwhile learnt the Boris news live on her News Agents podcast. You’ll never guess her reaction…

Shouldn’t hurt Boris’s chances…

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Caption Contest (BBC Bias Edition)

Entries in the comments…

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Victoria Derbyshire Replacing Maitlis at BBC Newsnight

The BBC has announced that veteran presenter Victoria Derbyshire is taking over as lead presenter of Newsnight, after Emily Maitlis jumped ship to LBC earlier this year. Derbyshire will present the show along with existing Newsnight regular Kirsty Walk from September. 

Announcing the move this morning, Derbyshire said:

“I am so delighted to be joining the legend that is Kirsty Wark and the talented Newsnight team under new and ambitious leadership. This is a special opportunity to take on one of the best jobs in British journalism and help shape the programme’s future. I can’t wait to champion more stories about people’s lives while holding those who represent them to account.”

There were rumours Derbyshire was in talks to join in the BBC’s brain drain and head to Channel 4, so it looks like she’s been thrown a bone here. Guido looks forward to seeing her pay rise in the next BBC annual audit…

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Maitlis and Sopel Leaving BBC

Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis are both leaving the BBC to start a new podcast with Global, it was announced today. They join Andrew Marr and, as Guido revealed, long-time BBC producer Rob Burley in signing up with the station. This afternoon Maitlis tweeted:

Sopel had previously been a frontrunner for the BBC’s new Political Editor – presumably he wasn’t offered what he was expecting… 

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Maitlis Apologises for Sharing Anti-Government Tweets

Following Guido’s story earlier today on Emily Maitlis’s apparent breach of BBC impartiality rules, Maitlis has now taken down the initial tweets and apologised for sharing them:

Still managing to share Stewart’s initial tweet in her apology. Probably a coincidence.

A furious government source gets in touch to say Maitlis “is sticking two fingers up at Davie’s promise to deal with impartiality”. Clearly the BBC’s ‘impartiality training‘ is going to good use…

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