BBC Sideline Daily Mail ‘Beer Starmer’ Front Page

Viewers tuning into BBC Breakfast this morning would be forgiven for not knowing Labour have been caught lying and covering up facts to do with Sir Keir’s beer party up in Durham. Despite the Daily Mail’s massive splash on Angie Rayner’s participationBBC Breakfast’s paper review seemed to miss it out…

When they finally got around to discussing the exposé, political correspondent Iain Watson was at pains to emphasise Labour’s absurd line that it was just an “honest mistake”, incredibly kind framing Guido’s sure Downing Street would not receive. The Metropolitan Police decided to U-turn and investigate No. 10’s parties after months of media pressure; now Labour’s been caught out, the establishment media is doing its best to downplay the rule-breaking. Labour must be thanking their lucky stars…

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Nandy Challenged Over Afghanistan Withdrawal Policy U-Turns

Following Guido’s story on Monday pointing out Lisa Nandy’s repeated U-turns on Afghanistan, the Shadow Foreign Secretary had a rough time on this morning’s media round. Pushed repeatedly by Richard Bacon on GMB, Nandy claimed:

“I haven’t changed my position on the UK’s decision about withdrawal. When the United States made the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan it became virtually inevitable that the United Kingdom would follow suit.”

She got the same treatment on BBC Breakfast, where she admitted it was fair to say she previously agreed with the withdrawal policy. Given Nandy insisted in July that “there is no military solution for, no military future for the Afghan people”, she was never going to have a credible explanation for her sudden pivot to outrage on Monday about a policy she had advocated. Good to see breakfast TV’s producers read Guido…

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WATCH: Naga Implies Naughty Hancock Joke

Despite causing a furore with the “flag-shagger” saga, Naga Munchetty still had trouble containing herself on BBC Breakfast this morning. After playing footage of Boris’s meeting with the Queen, in which the PM interrupted the Monarch to say that Matt Hancock was “full of beans“, Naga muttered “I wonder if she was going to say full of beans…”. What might Naga have been suggesting? Guido couldn’t possibly say…

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Naga Finally Labels the Labour Activist Doctor

After Guido made headlines last year revealing BBC Panorama’s PPE documentary was, in essence, a Labour party political broadcast – rammed with anti-Tory activists who weren’t flagged to viewers – the corporation admitted it had made a mistake. Specifically in the case of Dr Sonia Adesara, a Corbyn activist and former Labour candidate, where the failure to flag her long-time political activity had breached guidelines. It led to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden writing to the BBC to remind them of their duty to be impartial…

The message has penetrated to presenters, it was good to see the corporation learning from past mistakes this morning, as Adesara appeared on BBC Breakfast and was flagged as a “Labour activist” at the end of the interview by Naga Munchetty. Almost there – now the BBC just needs to make sure these biases are flagged at the outset of the interview before everyone tunes out…

Prior to the last-minute declaration by Munchetty, Dr Sonia’s appearance was shaping up to be a classic example of a biased ‘expert activist’ making claims from an anti-Tory point of view, rather than their area of expertise; that the PM is delaying the Covid inquiry to avoid it coming out before the next election – something the government strongly deny – and stems from her political views rather than her medical expertise. Munchetty clearly hesitated before reading the scripted warning – hopefully she’ll get more comfortable doing it from here on out…

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Piers Morgan Celebrates ‘Beating’ BBC Ratings… for One Whole Minute

Scenes of joy from ITV’s Good Morning Britain staff this morning as they celebrated overtaking the BBC as the most viewed breakfast show. Piers Morgan triumphantly tweeted Big historic day for our show. I couldn’t be prouder of ⁦the entire GMB team, on & off camera, than I am today.” What he did not point out is that the victory only registered for one minute – at 06:35 precisely…

The BBC hit back with a decidedly sassy statement, declaring that BBC Breakfast

“… remains by far the most watched breakfast programme in the UK with more than 10m regularly tuning in each week. On BBC One, the highest reach of the year was 7.3m, with an average daily reach of 5.7m, almost double the viewers of our nearest rival. The show also saw audience share increase to 42%.”

Now, now breakfast TV programmes, play nicely.

Hat-Tip: Alfie Green
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GMB Lose 200,000 Viewers in June to BBC

The television industry’s official BARB figures are out for June and Piers Morgan is not boasting about them, so you can guess how they went. Relative to his rivals at BBC Breakfast it was a bad month, the importance of the relative figure is that Piers would otherwise try and blame the poor showing on poor news flow, lockdown fatigue or some other misdirection. The gap between the viewing figures for Good Morning Britain and BBC Breakfast was some 406,000 at the beginning of June, by the end of the month the gap widened by over 50% to 666,000. Who will Piers blame for the terrible performance? It turns out that his ranting and berating has not only led to a boycott by guests, it has led to an exodus of viewers…

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