BBC Admits Running Remain Adverts In “Error”

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Yesterday, Guido reported that the BBC was running official Remain campaign adverts on its website abroad – targeting expat voters. This is despite the fact it has consistently denied taking pro-EU cash…

A Beeb spokesman gets in touch to confirm they did indeed run the adverts, in “error”:

“This advert appeared outside the UK as the result of a third party error and was blocked as soon as we were alerted to it. We are investigating how this happened and we are taking steps to prevent this happening in the future.”

“Third party” adverts can be filtered to avoid marketing content that is inappropriate for your organisation. Something the BBC clearly didn’t do…

Proof: Remain Campaign is Paying BBC

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This is what British ex-pats overseas are seeing when they go online at the UK politics page of the BBC News websiteThe BBC website is – in clear breach of internal guidelines – pushing adverts from the official Remain campaign. The BBC has previously denied being in receipt of pro-EU funds. Here is the evidence in plain digital colour…

Graphic via Peter Thompson/Heat.St

Farage Plays Hardball With BBC

On Friday Guido revealed the BBC had offered Nigel Farage a panel debate with Nicola Sturgeon in front of an under-30 audience in Glasgow. The development this morning is that Nige has rejected this initial proposal and is holding out for a place at the box office Wembley debate on 21 June. Sources familiar with the UKIP leader’s thinking believe he deserves to take part in the main debate and plans to play hardball, refusing to accept anything less than that. They have cheekily offered Diane James for the Glasgow debate instead. It’s understandable why Nige wants Wembley, he will feel his rightful place is at the biggest debate of them all. Though if he doesn’t get it and he refuses the Sturgeon clash he could be left with just a Q&A on ITV. Surely one prime-time BBC One national debate is better than none… 

Tory MEP Storms Out of BBC Interview

It all got too much for Remainer Ashley Fox…

Who is on Question Time Tonight?

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Scottish edition, you can stay late at the pub…

Corbynistas’ Laura K Petition Banned Over Sexist Abuse

What did Seumas Milne achieve by flouncing off to the BBC with that complaint about Laura Kuenssberg? For months the Beeb political editor has been the victim of online vitriol from Corbynista trolls who preach their progressive values then call female journalists “bitches” and “whores“. The loonies even set up a petition on 38 Degrees to have Laura K sacked. Well, the boss of 38 Degrees has been forced to take the petition down over the level of abuse it was sending her way:

“I am really concerned that a petition hosted on the 38 Degrees website has been hijacked, and used as a focal point for sexist and hateful abuse made towards Laura Kuenssberg on Twitter. That is totally unacceptable and, with the agreement of the petition starter, we’ve taken the petition down to prevent it being used in this way.”

The progressive left…

Minister Media Monitor: Sky Winning Battle of Producers

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Sky News won the battle of the producers to book ministers for their programmes in April. The usually minister-heavy Today Programme drops out of the top three for the first time, while Newsnight rises up the rankings. Marr features a minister a week. The whole of ITV (The AgendaGood Morning Britain, and ITV News) managed to get just three ministers in the entire month. Overall there were 44 ministerial broadcast appearances in April, expect that to ramp up when the referendum campaign gets going…

Corbyn Agrees BBC are “Zionist Liars”

This is a 2010 episode of Jeremy Corbyn’s talkshow on Press TV, the propaganda arm of the Iranian regime. The first caller rants about Israel, describing it as a “disease” which Arabs must “throw out” and “get rid” from the Middle East. Corbyn replies: “Ok. Thank you for your call.”

The second caller describes the BBC as “Zionist liars”. Corbyn responds by telling him to complain to the BBC about their coverage, adding that the caller had a “good point”. There is no crisis…

H/T @asabenn

BBC Did Reveal Hillsborough Verdict Yesterday

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Yesterday the BBC press office denied Guido’s story that they had accidentally revealed the Hillsborough verdict in breach of the judge’s orders:

Really?

Unfortunately for the Beeb it wasn’t just Guido who spotted it:

And we had a screenshot. The licence fee funded spin machine is broken…

Blundering BBC Broadcast Hillsborough Verdict

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The jury at the three year-long Hillsborough inquest have reached a majority verdict, which cannot be reported until 11am tomorrow morning. So it’s a pretty major blooper for the BBC to broadcast that verdict in their headline caption, redacted by Guido in the above image. Here is the Beeb reporter outside the court pretending not to know the result and explaining why they should not have put it up on the screen:

Potentially in contempt of court…

BBC Critique of Osborne’s Dodgy Dossier Mysteriously Toned Down

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The BBC’s Reality Check service tore into Osborne’s dodgy dossier on Monday, dismissing his £4,300 figure as “questionable and probably not particularly helpful”. Yet for some mysterious reason the version appearing on the site today has been toned down. The words “it’s not true”, referring to the Chancellor’s top line figure, havevanished with no explanation. The rest of the criticism remains, but that killer line is gone. Curiouser and curiouser…

Pienaar New BBC Deputy Pol Ed

He is replacing James Landale and will be keeping his Sunday radio show on 5Live. A programme which has punched well above its weight in terms of setting the agenda…

Dave Gets His Daily Dose

Another happy reader – Dave shares with the House the news, as revealed by Guido, that the BBC, Mirror Group, and Guardian have all been using offshore investment funds. Sign up to the Guidogram here to get your daily dose too… 

BBC’s £84 Million in Bermuda

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Cameron’s taxes and the Panama Papers have led the BBC News bulletins for the past week, yet licence fee payers remain unenlightened about Auntie’s own offshore financial arrangements. What better place to start than the 2013 BBC Pensions report, which lists investments held by the Beeb’s £9 billion employee benefit scheme. Scroll down to page 16 and it is disclosed that the BBC used investment managers Nephila Capital Ltd to invest £84 million:

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Nephila Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nephila Holdings Limited and is a Bermuda domiciled company. As the BBC lines up pundits to jump on the outrage bus about Dave’s £30,000 in a Panamanian unit trust, they stashed £84 million with investors based in Bermuda. There is lots more of this…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Euro-fireworks…

Diane Abbott: Parliamentary Beard of the Year

When contestants on BBC game show Think Tank were asked for the name of the winner of the 2015 Parliamentary Beard of the Year…

… One contestant decided to have some fun…

Good effort Jackie.

H/T @stackee

Labour MEP’s Migrants “Final Solution” Gaffe

Readers may remember the last time Labour let gaffe-prone Claude Moares go on telly to talk about migrants. It did not go well. Today the portulent clanger specialist struck again on the Daily Politics, telling Andrew Neil we need a “final solution” to the migrant crisis. Oh dear.

CBI’s Unofficial Campaign to Remain

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The CBI has announced that it will make the “economic case [for Britain] to remain’ in the EU, following an internal poll revealing that 80% of members support staying in. Yet they’re refusing to officially endorse Remain…

“The CBI presently is not planning to register as a permitted participant with the Electoral Commission. The CBI will remain compliant whilst continuing to represent the views of its members in the referendum debate e.g. through press releases and broadcast interviews. The CBI is in touch with the Electoral Commission who have provided guidance and has taken independent legal advice to ensure our plans comply.”

Could it be that the CBI are scared of having a repeat of the Scottish referendum? Back in April last year they came out in favour of the Better Together campaign for Scotland to vote to stay in the UK. The resulting backlash concerning the organisation’s neutrality caused a number of other ‘independent’ organisations to withdraw their membership, including the BBC, Scottish broadcaster STV, the Law Society of Scotland and most of the country’s universities. As a result, the CBI was forced to back down and remain neutral. Does this explain their curious and cunning ‘unofficial’ stance this time round?

James Landale Leaving Westminster

Consistently and harshly overlooked for the top BBC politics jobs, Landale is off. He can come back when the PM isn’t also an Etonian… oh…

Gerry Downing Gets Brillo’d

Gerry Downing was given the opportunity to broadcast his call for socialist revolution on the Daily Politics. He also refused to condemn ISIS and elaborated on his views about “the Jewish question”…[…] Read the rest

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