BBC: Licence Fee Prosecutions to Double

The BBC’s COO Leigh Tavaziva told a select committee of MPs today that she expects to see “a doubling in prosecutions” thanks to the reintroduction of field agents post-Covid. A subsequent question by Richard Holden uncovered that 75% of those who will be prosecuted are women. In spite of this threat she claims there’s “strong support” for the licence fee out in the country. Nadine, over to you…

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John Nicolson’s Obsessive Nadine Twitter Splurge

Yesterday Nadine Dorries made a highly-entertaining DCMS select committee performance. During the hearing Dorries took no prisoners, blasting her ‘left-wing’ critics and attacking the BBC. The SNP’s John Nicolson spent a large portion of his allotted time blasting Nadine over the content of her past tweets, and attacking her for using the phrase “leftie snowflake”. Ironic, then, that just 24 hours after the tense exchange, Guido calculates Nicolson has tweeted, liked or retweeted 168 different posts relating to Nadine Dorries. She’s clearly living in his head rent free… 

Some of the tweets liked by Nicolson are arguably themselves verging on the exact abuse Nicolson lambasted Dorries for, including retweeting one post calling her “grotesque” and “thick as two short planks”. Other likes included tweets calling her “disgusting” and a “mendacious, vacuous Tory goon”. Meanwhile he had the gall to claim “Dorries’s record of online abuse is appalling”…

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MPs to Scrutinise BBC Bosses Over Jess Brammar’s Appointment

The Commons’ DCMS Committee will get an opportunity to scrutinise the BBC’s top bosses tomorrow, with the promise of tough questioning over their foot-shooting decision to hire Jess Brammar as their new executive news editor. The Committee announced on Friday MPs will be graced with the presence of Tim Davie, Richard Sharpe and Leigh Tavaziva, who will face questioning on the Director-General’s progress on his initial priorities, the licence fee and “senior editorial appointments”. Sources clarify this does mean Brammar specifically…

The Committee may also ask questions of how the news of Robbie Gibb voicing his concern over Brammar’s impending appointment made its way to the media in the first place. The process by which a board member’s concerns became public knowledge should surely be a subject of inquiry…

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Glasto Cancellation Means No More Freebies for MPs from Millionaire Musicians

Readers may remember how Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan failed to declare financial interests in the DCMS Committee’s streaming inquiry. Guido can reveal that wasn’t the only time he has been cosy with his questioning. Brennan had also been questioning musicians in the DCMS Committee inquiry – one of whom was involved in getting him a coveted Glastonbury ticket. Indie rock band Gomez’s Tom Gray sat on the Board of PRS for Music, which gave Glastonbury tickets to Brennan in 2019, before taking softball questions from him in the streaming inquiry. The cosy questioning session just before Christmas heard exclusively Labour Party and Corbyn backing UK musicians give evidence about how the streaming economy harms them…

  • Gomez’s Tom Gray moaned that the Tories ‘have always been racists’, promoted electoral fraud conspiracies, and called the Prime Minister a ‘bowl of sh*t’.
  • Elbow’s Guy Garvey hosts a regular BBC radio show while saying Brexit is ‘a f*cking disaster’, calling the Prime Minister a ‘f*cking evil bastard’ and bragging about voting Labour in 2017 and 2019.
  • Singer Nadine Shah signed an open letter to the Guardian calling for people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn who she’s called ‘one of the most decent people I’ve ever met’. She also performed at Stop the War events, and was pictured cozying up to Labour MPs including the DCMS Committee’s Kevin Brennan.
  • Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien – worth an estimated $25 million – led Glastonbury crowds in chanting ‘oh Jeremy Corbyn’.

Nominally left-wing, multi-millionaire musicians want music lovers to pay them higher royalty rates for streaming their music, much higher than they get from radio broadcasters. Brennan will be annoyed that despite sucking up to the millionaire musicians, this year he won’t get another Glasto ticket – it’s just been cancelled for the second year in a row…

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MP Fails To Declare Financial Lobbying Interest in Streaming Inquiry

Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan has been a keen member of the DCMS committee, especially with regard to lobbying for more government intervention with regard to music streaming. Brennan was praised by the Musicians’ Union for “excellent interventions” and being “extremely strong on the MU’s three main asks”. What the Committee wasn’t told is that the union praising him for delivering their lines had paid him £4,000 in 2019…

The only payments Brennan declared at the start of the Committee hearing were occasional payments for working as a musician, which are declared in the Register of Members’ Interests”. Brennan, who has declared he is a member of the Musicians’ Union, has failed to declare his substantial and recent donation in any hearings so far, despite pushing the union’s line as part of a co-ordinated campaign. The Musicians’ Union even acknowledged having briefed Brennan for the debate.

While Brennan has declared the donation in his register of interests, MPs are required to also declare relevant interests at hearings where it’s on a related topic. Brennan, who has been an MP for twenty years, will have known the rules. Not least because fellow Labour MP Stephen Doughty, who was also praised by the Union, followed the rules and declared his Musicians’ Union donations…

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Tony Hall Challenged Over BBC Wokeness

Appearing before the DCMS select committee was never going to be an easy ride for Tony Hall, especially after its newly-elected Chair, Julian Knight, has publically called for licence fee reform. Lord Hall was repeatedly challenged on diversity of thought at the Beeb. Unsurprisingly, Hall seems happy with the status quo…

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