James O’Brien Too Much For Newsnight

MediaGuido had heard a few whispers about why James O’Brien had been canned by Newsnight – chiefly that BBC bosses were fed up with his Trumpian hyper-partisan attention-seeking both on their programme, on Twitter and elsewhere. One insider says they simply ran out of patience with him always going off on one. O’Brien has today essentially confirmed that version of events, tweeting:

“I withdrew from the roster some months ago to retain my right to criticise Brexit and Trump in my other work”

To the relief of those who had to work with him, there are no plans for him to present again…

James O’Brien’s Carillion Fake News Goes Viral

LBC leftie and sometime Newsnight presenter James O’Brien helped fake news about the collapse of Carillion go viral yesterday. Keen to find a damaging line, O’Brien tweeted that the company’s chairman is “an adviser to the Prime Minister Theresa May on corporate responsibility”. Nope…

O’Brien was later forced to correct his assertion in another tweet:

His original tweet was retweeted more than 8,000 times. The correction has been retweeted 170 times. And James still hasn’t deleted his fake news…

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

2018 starts as 2017 ended: another remain-heavy panel…

BBC Reined In Over False Climate Claims

Last year the BBC travel doc Russia With Simon Reeve made the rather worrying claim that reindeer populations across Northern Russia are “in steep decline because of climate change”. In fact, most populations of Eurasian Reindeer are now increasing in number or are stable…

After a complaint from Lord Lawson, the BBC has issued a correction – which pointedly stops short of an apology:

“This programme suggested that many reindeer populations are in steep decline because of climate change. It would have been more accurate to say that many reindeer populations are threatened by it.”

The Global Warming Policy Forum said:

“Even the assertion that they are “threatened” is highly questionable given their growing populations. Sadly, this kind of speculative claim is entirely predictable because any prediction of future climate disaster is impossible to verify, yet likely to be believed by a great many people.”

All in all, climate alarmists have tried and failed in their attempt to make the reindeer the new polar bearWhat would Rudolph say?

BBC Reporter Attacked By Lemurs

One BBC reporter who does deserve a pay rise…

BBC Silences Resigning Gracie

Last night the BBC’s China Editor Carrie Gracie dramatically announced her resignation calling the corporation’s pay structure “secret and illegal”. In a damning letter she wrote of a “a crisis of trust at the BBC” over equal pay.

This morning, Gracie co-presented the Today programme (as scheduled). Due to BBC rules, she was unable to cover her own resignation, having to sit in silence for seven minutes while John Humphrys reported the story – with Gracie unable to say anything at all even though she was sitting in the very next chair. Classic BBC…

UPDATE: The BBC has now decided its senior female journalist resigning over pay disparity will be allowed to speak. On Woman’s Hour… 

UPDATE II: The farce continues:

Now Channel 4 Fails to Tell Viewers “Junior Doctor” is Labour Poster Boy

Broadcasters keep putting up seasoned Labour campaigners to slag off the government about the NHS without informing audiences of their highly partisan political views. Last night Channel 4 introduced Dr Dagan Lonsdale as a “junior doctor”, giving him a free prime time platform to blame the Tories for everything that’s wrong with the NHS. On Twitter they also described him as a “junior doctor”. Channel 4 neglected to tell viewers that Dr Lonsdale launched Labour’s ‘New Deal’ plan for the NHS alongside MPs and regularly espouses his love of Corbynism…

It’s the second time in as many days that a major broadcaster has pulled this trick (check out the BBC introducing a hard left Corbynista activist as a “staff nurse” yesterday). Of course Labour supporters are free to air their opinions on TV, but it’s completely disingenuous for broadcasters not to tell viewers about their highly partisan views…

BBC Fail to Mention “Staff Nurse” is Top Corbynista

The BBC allowed a staff nurse to repeatedly attack the government over the so-called “NHS crisis” this morning, without mentioning that she is a top Corbynista, star of a Labour Party Political Broadcast and hardline left-wing activist. 5Live introduced Danielle Tiplady by saying “Let’s bring in Danielle who is a staff nurse”, before she went on to reel off Labour attack lines on the NHS. What the BBC didn’t tell listeners is that until recently Tiplday’s Twitter account used the name “Danielle vote Labour”, she has addressed dozens of protest rallies where her favourite chant is “Tories out!”, writes for “revolutionary socialist website” Counterfire and the communist Morning Star, and is a leader of the “sack Jeremy Hunt” Bursary or Bust campaign. The above video shows Corbyn talking about how “lovely” Danielle recorded a clip for a Labour Party Political Broadcast. Here she is with the man himself:

The Beeb know Danielle is a Corbynista but keep using her without informing listeners…

UPDATE: The BBC admit they got it wrong, again: “We should’ve established and made clear on air this contributor was a political activist.”

Fran Unsworth New BBC Head of News

Fran Unsworth has been appointed the new Director of BBC News, replacing James Harding. Media Guido told you she was the favourite earlier this week. Good luck…

Who’s In The Final Running To Be New BBC News Director

Guido can disclose who’s in the final running to become the new Director of BBC News, replacing James Harding. It’s understood the appointment could be announced as soon as this afternoon. Here are the names in the frame…

  • Fran Unsworth: Thought to be favourite. Director of the World Service, with strong grasp of the impartiality rules, she is also Director of News and Current Affairs and sits on the BBC’s Executive Team. Safe pair of hands…

  • Jonathan Munro: Currently Head of Newsgathering and former ITV man. Was in charge of the infamous BBC election debate dubbed as having had ‘the most left-wing audience ever’ – even by lefties…

  • Kamal Ahmed: The BBC’s Economics Editor is a wildcard with no management experience. A big hand in yesterday’s project fear Rand Corporation story…

  • Gavin Allen: Currently overseeing Today and the Ten and the World At One. Popular among the troops…

Not long to wait…

BBC Hypes Gloomy Brexit Report By EU-Funded Think Tank

The second main story on BBC News all day has been a report by an American think tank warning that “nearly all” the possible outcomes of Brexit will see the UK worse off than staying in the EU. Of course the Rand Corporation, which published the report, is funded by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Research Executive Agency. Not that the Beeb thought to mention that…

Guido has read the Rand report so you don’t have to. It is filled with flaws and biases – for example it says the Brexit bill will be up to €75 billion (fact check: it’s between £35-39 billion). The report looks at many types of supposed models for Brexit, but it bizarrely doesn’t assess the outcome of the UK signing trade deals with multiple countries, one of the main reasons for leaving: “We did not explore the… model in which the UK would complete FTAs with numerous countries”. This is the government’s plan, why is it not included in the study?

Then there is the model Rand say they have used to determine their figures – it is the same as the infamous Treasury model that wrongly predicted a calamitous aftermath of a Leave vote. Debunked…

The report admits that “research for this study was completed as of 15 September 2017”. Eh? Quite a lot has happened since September – not least talks moving onto phase 2 when just a few months ago Remainers said they were doomed. Maybe if the study was up to date they’d have got the Brexit bill right…

And remember how the Beeb noted that “nearly all” of the outcomes were dire? What their coverage didn’t mention today is Rand’s finding that if the UK agrees FTAs with both the EU and the US we would see double the amount of GDP growth than any one of the so-called soft Brexit scenarios. Odd that this finding was missing from the BBC’s own coverage…

UPDATE: And the Rand report finds almost no difference in terms of GDP impact between the EEA minus or CETA plus models.

Daily Politics on Number 10


The Sun’s Pol-Ed Tom Newton-Dunn was expounding today on his knowledge of rollicking text messages and adversarial characters. Guido is updating his SpAd list following the recent changes to the Cabinet. Any updates? Send them in.

Labour Spreads BBC’s Incorrect Universal Credit Story

Thousands of people were sent into panic last month after the BBC reported ‘up to 100,000’ in-work Universal Credit claimants would get no benefits over Christmas. The claim was first made by Paul Lewis on Radio 4’s Money Box programme, repeated by BBC Breakfast, the BBC News website and across its TV and radio output. It was also repeated by Labour, including by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams…

Now, Paul Lewis has admitted the story was wrong, conceding that not only were his figures incorrect but that he ignored journalist colleagues who pointed out his mistake. Lewis said:

“In fact, it’s not as many as that number, so I have to plead guilty to that… I don’t know why I assumed that because I have to say colleagues on the Money Box team told me that wasn’t right… “

Are Labour and Debbie Abrahams going to make any effort to correct themselves too?

UPDATE: IDS tells the Beeb to offer a proper correction:

“Welcome as such an apology is, this apology is a small and inadequate correction. After all, having given the department no proper opportunity to rebut the false item, the item then ran on all their news headlines without correction. This should have been broadcast on the news headlines too. Finally, it is clear from the tone of the apology dialogue that they think this is funny, it’s not, for many people would have been needlessly concerned about it.”

BBC Unfortunate Corbyn Subtitle Typo

Jezza said “Harry and his brother” – the Beeb’s subtitler heard “Harry and Hezbollah”. Skwawkbox BBC bias article coming in 3, 2, 1…

H/T Giles Dilnot

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Another Remainer-loaded panel…

Newsnight’s Royal Farce

Oops. A programme to forget last night from editor-less Newsnight, which marked the 70th wedding anniversary of HM Queen and Prince Philip by getting the date of their wedding wrong. The error was spotted by eagle-eyed Times man Patrick Kidd, the piece was premised on the Queen marrying in 1937 and its similarities to today – Tory PM in trouble, conflict in Spain.

The Queen was 11 years-old in 1937…

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Will you be staying up for Farron and Lady Nugee?

Sun Coffee Run to Broadcasting House

Some attempts at banter today from BBC staff in response to this morning’s splash. Weaker than the night shift in the BBC Newsroom…

So The Sun showed them how it’s done:

2-1 to The Sun in the flame war…

Impress Board Members Shared Tweets Trolling Laura K

State-backed press regulator Impress is currently investigating The Canary for spreading fake news about the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg. Given they are endorsed by the government, surely we can trust Impress to carry out a fair and proper probe, right? Or not. It turns out two members of Impress‘ board have shared tweets from loony Corbynista accounts trolling Laura K. Press Gazette has found Impress board member Maire Davies sharing crackpot tweets calling Kuenssberg the BBC’s “chief propagandist”:

While fellow Impress board member Emma Jones tweeted out a far-left Counterfire article ranting about Laura’s supposed bias, and another cartoon with her wearing a “Vote Tory” sign.

Impress is the state-endorsed regulator backed by the government. Time and time again it has been revealed as a sham organisation made up of press-hating, party political cranks and oddballs. Total joke that the Tories haven’t done anything about this.

BBC News Duped By Zanu PF Parody Account

BBC News is covering itself in glory with its coverage of events in Zimbabwe this morning, quoting a Zanu PF parody account as a genuine source. The BBC’s Twitter accounts, live blog and even the Today programme are taking posts on the blatantly obvious @Zanu_PF parody feed as official updates.[…] Read the rest

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