ITV Broadcast Grieve’s Phone Number

In a post-GDPR world, you might think the big media giants would have a member of staff on hand to ensure their practices are compliant. ITV however takes a clearly more cavalier approach to EU law, as yesterday they interviewed Remoaner-in-Chief Dominic Grieve with his phone number on full view to the world. Guido has always said he’s a phone-y democrat.

The interview, conducted via FaceTime from his home in France (naturellement), was promptly wiped from the web – but not before Twitter had noticed.

Guido is Grieving for inevitable state of the former Attorney General’s phone today…

Pestmoji on Wednesdays

Robert Peston’s fancy new Wednesday show will kick off next week, with Peston promising some “exciting new elements”. Today we found out that one of these is the creation of his very own emoji. After his Sunday morning flop he’ll need more than an emoji to win over viewers…

Peston on Sunday Cancelled

Peston on Sunday is no more, reports Amol Rajan. Viewers who want to watch his Remoaner whinge fest will now have to tune in at 22:35 on Wednesdays instead. Victory for Marr and Ridge…

Richard Madeley ‘Terminates’ Gavin Williamson Interview

Classic Partidge moment from Madeley this morning…

Kelly Brook Blows Raspberry on Farage’s Belly

Latest blow for Ukip…

“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.

ITV News at Ten Forced Off Air By Fire Alarm

Handled like a pro by Tom Bradby…

Peston Let Down By “Three Well-Placed Sources”

“Damian Green will keep his job”, so said ITV’s political editor Robert Peston ten days ago, citing “three well-placed sources” who told him “there should be confirmation on Wednesday” that week. How did he get it so wrong? Peston’s always entertaining blog could have been used to see how the idea of letting Green off would go down with the Lobby. It’s possible the Cabinet Office and Number 10 hardened their position on Green’s fate as the inquiry continued into this week. Or Peston’s “well-placed” sources could just not be that well-placed…

Peston Labelled “Fake News” By Minister Over Boris Smears

Another ‘interesting’ take from Robert Peston, who writes: “the life-or-death question for May is whether Shapps and Johnson are in cahoots”. He claims Shapps met with Boris’ team a few weeks ago to “discuss matters”. A Tory source says this is “totally fabricated, an obvious smear”. Jake Berry, who is named in Peston’s story, says it is “fake news”. Senior May allies say Boris is not plotting any challenge with Shapps. Who briefed Pesto?

As anyone who has read a newspaper or spoken to a Tory MP recently knows, a more pertinent question would be whether Shapps has “discussed matters” with supporters of David Davis since the election…

Academic Study: Broadcasters Were Biased Towards Remain

An academic study by a team of media studies professors* found that the Tory press is biased against Corbyn and the Labour supporting press is more favourable to Jezza. Taxpayers once again wasting money in academic studies of the bloody obvious. Well at least it keeps the hackademics off the streets…

They also found that the supposedly impartial broadcasters – the likes of Faisal and Peston – did give more airtime to pro-Remain voices during the referendum. Guido could have told them that for free…

*David Deacon, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University; Dominic Wring, Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University; Emily Harmer, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University; James Stanyer, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University, and John Downey, Professor of Comparative Media Analysis, Loughborough University

ITV Losers Debate Live

Two hours of Farron, Nuttall, Sturgeon, Lucas and Leanne. What more could you possibly want.

ITV Pushes on With ‘Loser’s Debate’

ITV is pushing ahead with its TV debate and says it has invited all big seven party leaders to take part. May and Corbyn have refused…

“The ITV Leaders” Debate will air on Thursday May 18th at 8pm, and will be moderated by ITV News anchor Julie Etchingham. As in the previous two General Election debates. leaders will have the opportunity to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate. During the live debate, the leaders will have the opportunity to each in turn answer questions that are asked direct by members of the studio audience, before the floor is opened up to a period of free flowing debate.”

Corbyn’s team have previously said he would not appear in a TV debate without May. Will they now U-turn?

Radio 4 Gossips Link Peston to Today

Radio 4 sources are loudly and widely sharing concerns that Sarah Sands is planning big changes at the Today programme. They have been circulating a rumour – which has been repeated to Guido unprompted by blabbermouth non-BBC industry sources – that Sands wants Robert Peston to present the flagship programme. This does sound unlikely to Guido, he is on a hefty wedge at ITV and the prospect of his idiosyncratic style on the Radio 4 airwaves is not likely to be popular at Broadcasting House. It is not impossible that this is disinformation being spread by Beeb refuseniks trying to undermine Sands. World at One presenter Martha Kearney has also been linked to Today. What would that mean for Jim Naughtie…

Corbyn Crowd Boos and Shouts Down ITV Question

The first Corbynista media boos of the campaign, for ITV’s Libby Weiner who asked Jez if he was part of an “Islington elite”. Corbyn’s response: “I am very proud to represent Islington and it’s true, there are many people who drink cappuccino every day…”[…] Read the rest

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ITV Threaten Losers’ Debate

ITV are threatening to hold a leaders’ debate without the leader of the country, with Theresa May ruling out appearing. Corbyn says he welcomes ITV’s decision to hold a debate, though Team Jez say they only want a head-to-head with the PM and are not keen on a losers’ debate with Farron, Sturgeon and Nuttal.[…] Read the rest

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Flint: Abbott Should Go

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Piers in Heels

He sadly refused to twerk…[…] Read the rest

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Bad Al Campbell Heckles Piers Morgan

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Balls Loose on ITV

Glitterballs was showered with TV offers after dad-dancing his way to stardom on Strictly. Today he’s done the dirty on Auntie and announced he will appear as “honorary man” on an ITV Loose Women special tomorrow. That’s a promotion from his occasional role as a guest on the show grinding Janet Street-Porter.[…] Read the rest

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Peston’s Single Market Blunder

On ITV last night, Robert Peston and Emily Thornberry claimed the Leave campaign did not make clear that Brexit meant leaving the single market.[…] Read the rest

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