Newsnight’s McAlpine Editor to Victoria Derbyshire

Guido can reveal that Liz Gibbons is the new editor of Victoria Derbyshire:

I am delighted to announce that the new editor of the Victoria Derbyshire Programme will be Liz Gibbons.

In a field of very strong candidates, Liz stood out thanks to her excellent record of delivering television journalism and programming of the highest standards alongside genuine innovation in multiplatform storytelling. Her vision for the programme will build on the reputation it has rightly earned for seeking out and driving forward original stories, and ensure that the audience remains at the heart of its agenda.

Gibbons was famously the acting editor at Newsnight who oversaw their disastrous false story about Lord McAlpine. Read about her role in the story here. Look forward to her “excellent record of delivering television journalism and programming of the highest standards” on Victoria Derbyshire…

BBC Ant McPartlin Car Crash

A car crash interrupted this BBC report on Ant McPartlin’s… car crash. Any witnesses?

Owen Jones Tries to Get Andrew Neil Sacked From BBC

Owen Jones has written a long whinge about Andrew Neil calling for him to be “freed” from the BBC. The last person to demand Brillo’s sacking was Andrew Adonis, which tells you everything you need to know about the state of Owen at the moment. His article has also been endorsed by Kremlin useful idiot Chris Williamson, who was never really one for press freedom. 

Brillo is objectively Britain’s best political interviewer – and he dishes it out equally to Brexiters, Remainers, Tories and Labour spokesmen. The only people with a reason to want him out are those seeking to swerve accountability, something which caught up with Owen in the video above. Naturally we have never heard any complaints from Owen about the likes of James O’Brien presenting the Beeb’s political programmes. A taste of Corbyn’s Britain, where his commissars choose which journalists get to interview Labour politicians on the BBC. Chilling…

UPDATE: It seems like only yesterday that Momentum were lionising Brillo…

Julia Hartley-Brewer Skewers BBC Over Gender Quota

A very pleasing dig at the BBC’s new gender quota for TV guests from Julia Hartley-Brewer on Marr this morning. Julia, who was discussing the gender pay gap story on the sofa alongside Polly Toynbee, said:

“I know obviously that we are making up the gender quota for expert commentators for the BBC today. Nice to be invited for that and not for actually our views but there we are…”

No comeback from Marr…

Adonis Has Sent 72 Tweets Attacking the BBC This Week

Don’t say Guido didn’t warn you that Andrew Adonis had been driven mad by Brexit. In the last seven days Adonis has sent 72 tweets claiming the BBC has a pro-Brexit bias. Egged on by less responsible Remainers, he is calling the Beeb the “Brexit Broadcasting Corporation”.

He is tweeting that people need to “join the dots”.

And he’s even threatening to set up his own radio station to rival the Today programme.

Do it.

Corbynista Fury as BBC Shows Jezza With Russian Doll

Corbynistas are claiming yet more evidence of anti-Jezza bias at the BBC after the News at Ten showed this footage of him playing with a Russian doll during their segment on the Skripals last night.

This one wasn’t photoshopped…

Labour Head of Broadcast Now Working For BBC News

Lobby hacks often move over to the dark side of spin, but travelling the other way is generally a bit of a no-no – especially if it’s a paid-up party hand heading to the BBC. Katy Dillon was Labour’s head of broadcast for three years until October and worked for the party since 2010. Guido hears she is now working on the BBC newsdesk at their Millbank politics base. It’s not like Katy is recusing herself from reporting on Labour – she has bylines on pieces about Jeremy Corbyn and has been sending out copy about internal Labour politics. Fair to say this is causing concern among her new colleagues. It may be that the Leader’s Office has more to worry about though – Dillon is certainly not a Corbynista…

Corbynista BBC Comedienne Whacks Aide After Botched Attempt to Stitch Up Tory MPs

A Corbynista comedienne had a public meltdown on the parliamentary estate, called a Tory MP a “d*ckhead” and whacked a young aide with a camera after her attempts to stitch up several MPs for a BBC TV show spectacularly backfired. Luisa Omielan posted a video on Facebook yesterday accusing Philip Davies of “shoving” her during an interview in his Commons office, claiming she was considering going to the police to accuse him of assault. Guido has spoken to several eye-witnesses who say Omielan’s version of events is untrue. One says:

“He absolutely did not touch her or physically intimidate her. She had two older male members of her camera crew who didn’t feel the need to jump in. I’m a woman and I didn’t feel the need to say anything. He just told her she couldn’t run around the parliamentary estate unescorted and would have to be escorted off. She then told him to f**k off, called him a d*ckhead, grabbed the camera and ran out.”

Omielan was filming for a BBC Three show called “Politics For Bitches”. Her interview with Davies ended after Omielan asked him how he could be a Tory and a northerner and started screaming about “NHS cuts”. Guido understands she applied for a job as a parliamentary assistant at Ben Bradley’s office before attempting to bring a camera crew to the interview. Omielan told the Tory MPs she approached that she was not political and didn’t know anything about politics. Guido can reveal that to be untrue – Omielan has repeatedly expressed her support for Corbyn and her dislike of the Tories on Facebook, and is even a Labour Party member. A pretty amateurish attempt at a stitch up…

When Omielan made her hasty getaway, Guido understands she whacked a young female aide with her camera. Omielan admits: “I accidentally hit the girl on the way out which I’m really sorry for. I hit her with the camera.” Have to wonder what the BBC are doing sending a Corbynista into parliament to fib to Tory MPs about her political views, swear at them and hit their staff…

BBC Producer Opposes Feminist Maggie Monument

Following Jo Swinson’s feminist call for a monument to Maggie yesterday, not everyone is standing up for the sisterhood. Leeze Lawrence, a veteran BBC producer whose past works include ‘Transsexual Stories‘, complains on Twitter: “What on earth is she doing? Has Jo Swinson any idea what Maggie did to this country?”

Are they even bothering with their impartiality rules any more?

BBC Wishful Thinking

Wishful thinking from the Beeb:

Little in it for Brexiters? Apart from leaving the single market, leaving the customs union, ruling out any form of customs union, taking back control of borders, laws and money, the end of ECJ jurisdiction in UK, the freedom to diverge…

UPDATE: In the real world, Brexiters are mostly backing the speech knowing it gives them a lot of what they want, with a few gripes:

“Robert Peston, BBC”

ITV’s Robert Peston introduces himself as from the BBC. He does get very confused whenever he has to talk about Brexit.

BBC’s Brexit Bias is Mainstream Perception of the Public

As BBC Radio 4 Today treats us yet again to the views of Michael Heseltine – a politician who was elected to office as recently as the last century – it seems appropriate to bring up the subject of the BBC’s Brexit bias yet again. Guido thinks the BBC managed to keep it balanced during the referendum campaign. Since June 2016 it has lost all sense of impartiality…

Political activists of all colours always complain that the BBC is biased, the BBC uses as a defence “we must be doing something right” if both sides complain. BBC Question Time usually has a 4 to 1 majority for Remainers week after week, that is not redeemed by regularly inviting Nigel Farage on. The Today programme serves up a daily breakfast of gloom and doom on Brexit negotiations, Newsnight follows suit. Listeners wake up and go to bed hearing the same lines…

People aren’t stupid, by a 3 to 1 more people think the BBC is anti – than pro Brexit, when over a quarter of the audience has come to the conclusion the BBC is biased there is a real problem, because if we don’t want to read the most partisan newspapers we don’t buy them. The BBC’s funding forces us all to pay for it and we expect to be impartial as a result. It is manifestly not perceived as a source of impartial information on this polarising issue.

Question Time Tests Impartiality Rules With Blue Peter Presenter on Panel

How does this work then? The Question Time panel tonight includes Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, who is bound by the BBC’s strict impartiality rules. Question Time is a political opinions show. Radzi won’t be able to give any political opinions. Not sure they thought this through…

Compare and Contrast: BBC Website on Toby Young and Labour’s New Race Row Hire

How about this for a lesson in the double standards of the BBC News website? Toby Young, who had to leave his job at a quango over some ill-advised historic Twitter jokes, was given wall to wall coverage. He features prominently again on the site today as the fourth main politics story, apparently more important than Britain considering military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Seriously?

Contrast that with Munroe Bergdorf, who Labour have appointed as an actual shadow cabinet adviser despite the fact she was fired just last year by L’Oreal over a race row. Bergdorf, a transgender model, has to resign in disgrace after claiming that “all white people” are racist. The same Labour faux outrage brigade who got Toby Young fired are obviously silent on this appointment and Corbyn and Dawn Butler are standing by her. The BBC write up buries the race row issue and the story doesn’t feature anywhere on the homepage. When it comes to the BBC website, once again it is one rule for the Tories and another for Labour…

BBC Website Finally Reports Corbyn Spy Story… And Attacks “Press Barons”

The BBC website finally reported on the Corbyn spy scandal last night, after ignoring the main story in Westminster for days. Yet for some reason the Beeb’s coverage focused on attacking the press rather than holding the Labour leader to account. The headline of the first story was “Press still writing about Corbyn spy claims”, as if Auntie feels they shouldn’t be. The second story gave the game away by going after “press barons” – not sure how that pejorative term meets BBC impartiality guidelines. The story did at least reference a BBC reporter’s stupid question to Corbyn mocking the story by asking him “are you a Czech spy”. Just imagine the Beeb’s coverage if the leader of the Tory party had met a spy from a far right totalitarian regime…

BBC Ask Corbyn If He’s a Czech Spy

The BBC have finally jumped on the Agent COB story, only to blow it with a stupid question. Rather than ask something pertinent about what information he handed to a communist spy, BBC finance reporter Steph McGovern went with: “Are you a Czech spy?” He replied: “No”. Well he would say that wouldn’t he…

BBC Still Ignoring Agent COB Story

The BBC News website still hasn’t covered the Agent COB spy scandal more than a week after it first broke. No news article, unlike its primary broadcast competitor Sky News and every major newspaper, even the Corbynista Independent. The sum total of the Beeb website coverage is a few lines buried in a round-up of the papers on Saturday. What about on TV and radio? There was a brief mention of the story in the paper review on the Today programme last week and again yesterday for a few seconds on the Andrew Marr show, when Marr said: “it does seem reading through it rather thin.” Never mind the very serious questions Corbyn has to answer about his judgment and what information he passed the Czechs, or the fact he is facing calls to explain himself before the Foreign Affairs select committee. 

As Stephen Glover writes in today’s Daily Mail:

“The BBC’s refusal to report either the allegations against Corbyn, or the unequivocal denials of his aides, amounts to a dereliction of duty. It recalls the political bias it showed in the early Blair years until – following the manifest half-truths of the Iraq War – some even-handedness was restored.”

This has been the main story in Westminster over the last week and the national broadcaster is refusing to cover it…

Hodges v Hendopolis

The two egos guilty of ruining Sunday night Twitter this week were the Mail on Sunday’s Dan Hodges and Neil Henderson of the BBC’s #TomorrowsPapersToday. Henderson kicked things off by countering criticism over his failure to tweet last week’s MoS Brendan Cox front page citing “legal advice”. Dan then reached Peak Hodges when he proceeded to attempt to explain libel law to specialist libel barrister Greg Callus.

It ended with Dan unfollowing Neil and Neil then blocking Dan…

Maitlis & Stripper

Trying to imagine the SJW reaction if Huw Edwards tweeted a picture of himself with a Hooters Girl…

Marr and Victoria Derbyshire Editors Moving On

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.[…] Read the rest

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