Following Tuesday’s surprising announcement that Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel were leaving the BBC to join LBC, the station has now revealed what’s in store for its other big signing: Tonight with Andrew Marr will air Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 7pm, with the first show set for 7th March. Global also announced ex-BBC politics editor Rob Burley will re-join Marr as his Executive Editor, confirming Guido’s scoop from January…
Speaking this morning, Marr said:
“I’ve always thought journalism is about breaking stories, ruffling feathers and having some fun on the way. My new LBC show, Tonight with Andrew Marr is perfectly timed at 6pm, the end of busy political days, and stuffed with great guests, and will do just that. Anyone wanting bland, safe, wearily predictable journalism is strongly advised to look elsewhere.”
Still no announcements made yet on who will permanently fill Marr’s old Sunday morning slot at the BBC…
Swiftly following their new star signing in the form of Andrew Marr, Guido can reveal Global’s newest BBC hire: ex-politics editor Rob Burley. The last Guido heard of Rob, his name was being floated among the shortlist to take over as Labour’s director of communications – now he’s clearly committed to staying in the broadcasting tent.
Guido’s co-conspirator spotted Burley’s name appearing on the internal system as the most recent person to have a Global email made for them, and is currently attributed with the title “Launch Editor”. Provided he’s not planning on starting a new Heart breakfast programme with Amanda Holden they presume he is set to help launch Marr’s new LBC show.
Owen Jones is really outdoing himself in the charm stakes this morning. First, Owen is seriously trying to smear Andrew Neil as having far-right links. He is actually trying to get people to believe Brillo is some far-right sympathiser.
Then, Owen asked his 750,000 Twitter followers to bombard BBC politics chief Rob Burley, a man who already gets huge Twitter abuse, with the same insane nonsense about the BBC “legitimising far right movements”. Owen tagged the wrong Rob Burley, ruining some poor random bloke’s day.
So he instigated the pile-on for a second time – this time with the correct handle – knowing full well what his unhinged followers would do, because Owen does this deliberately to people he doesn’t like all the time. And of course he hasn’t deleted the first tweet.
This is properly mental stuff from Owen. Step away from the keyboard, get a grip, go out and enjoy the sun…
Carole Codswallop has done it again. The top Observer sleuth has been forced to delete yet more error-strewn tweets after launching an unhinged attack on the BBC. During her meltdown last night about Isabel Oakeshott being invited onto Question Time, Codswallop launched a pile-on against the Beeb’s head of live political programmes, Rob Burley, demanding an explanation. Her tweet tagging Burley was retweeted more than a thousand times. For hours Burley was under attack from hundreds of tweets from Codswallop’s crazy legion of followers. Just one problem: Burley has nothing to do with Question Time, which is produced by the independent production company Mentorn.
12 hours later, Carole deleted the tweet and apologised.
She also tweeted claiming that, during her Marr appearance with Oakeshott, they didn’t ask her about her Observer story about Shahmir Sanni. They did. That has now been deleted. This is basic stuff…
When the Peston show’s producer tweeted the above graphic out Guido responded that he “should call if you need some phone numbers for politicians who want to leave the EU”. What are the chances of 6 guests all being remainers on a politically neutral show?
If guests were selected at random from the population – which they clearly are not – the probability that they would all be remain campaigners would be
The likelihood of an all-remain guest list being selected by chance is that tiny.
Peston tweeted first thing this morning
“It is just conceivable that a false premise underlies this probability calculation. What do you think?”
Sure, it is conceivable. What is inconceivable is that he would have a show with six Brexiters as his only guests.
He then prays in aid Rob Burley, until recently Marr’s producer
Burley also tweeted that the probability measure was silly and “It’s not June 2016.” Leavers feel we haven’t left the EU and the politico-media establishment are determined to reverse the 2016 vote. Is that a silly idea?
Incidentally the public think, by 3 to 1, the BBC is biased against Brexit and by 2 to 1 that ITV is biased against Brexit. How silly of them…
All change at the Beeb this week. After missing out on the Newsnight job having made it to the final two, Victoria Derbyshire editor Louisa Compton is quitting the Corporation for Channel 4, where she will be the new commissioning editor at Dispatches. Safe to say the Tories will be relieved another candidate with very Channel 4 politics didn’t get the Newsnight gig.
Rob Burley, currently editor of Marr, has been promoted to become the new editor of the BBC’s live political programmes, the old job of Number 10 comms chief Robbie Gibb. He may not have as much time to spend flaming critics on Twitter in his new role…
And Katy Searle is the BBC head of Westminster. She was through to the final round to be Today programme editor at the beginning of the year. Plum job in charge at Millbank.