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…”

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. No official word on whether Corbyn will turn up if May doesn’t. A straight May-Corbyn head-to-head would be open the broadcasters to a legal challenge on impartiality grounds. Farron on the other hand is up for debating anyone, anywhere, and wants ITV to empty chair the PM. As former Clegg SpAd Sean Kemp notes, there is no benefit for May in taking part in a debate with the other leaders, it only helps Farron.

Lynton Crosby, who May has hired to help run the Tory campaign, famously hates TV debates. It was once said of Lynton: “If David Cameron gets in a car to go to the debate, Lynton Crosby will stage a car crash.” No way he will allow May to boost Farron…

Flint: Abbott Should Go

Simples…

Piers in Heels

He sadly refused to twerk…

Bad Al Campbell Heckles Piers Morgan

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. Now for a whole hour of Balls…

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. Peston told Nigel Farage:

“I’m not sure that’s right. I really don’t think that’s right. It’s not what Boris said. It’s not what Michael Gove said.”

As anyone following the news in the last six months will know, Boris and Gove did say it. Peston completely wrong. Again.

Shami Squirms Over Selective Schools Hypocrisy

Pesto asks Shami how she can square her opposition to grammars with sending her son to private school. “I live in a nice big house and eat nice food…”

Campaign Report: 13 Days to Go

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 9: (NO ARCHIVE AFTER JUNE 30, 2016) In this handout image provided by ITV, Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson argues for Britain to leave the EU during The ITV Referendum Debate on June 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. During the two hour long live debate participants answered questions posed by the audience. Nicola Sturgeon, Angela Eagle and Amber Rudd argued for staying in the EU, whilst Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuarttake argued for leaving the EU. (Photo by Matt Frost/ITV via Getty Images)

Leave message: John Mann: We can create a more equal society if we Leave.

Remain message: Remain makes travel easier/cheaper.

Cut through: Boris interested in power, not Brexit.

Leave social media count: 474,264 likes, 56,624 followers.

Remain social media count: 465,727 likes, 36,696 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave 14/5

Latest poll: Remain 43% (+2), Leave 42% (-3) (YouGove, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 51%, Leave 49%.

Farage and Cameron Highlights

Farage said we won’t be bullied by Juncker:

And he brought a prop:

This was Cameron’s toughest moment: 

Cameron still doesn’t have a line on immigration – these questions reflect genuine public concern about strain on public services. Hard to paint them as Little Englanders.

Tetchy Dave Snaps at Kate Garraway

Last night Cameron called Faisal Islam “glib” for asking about immigration, this morning he snapped at Kate Garraway:

KG: “You still haven’t answered how we would deal with [immigration] if we stay in.”

DC: “I am answering. Let me give you some answers. First of all, for people outside the European Union, we’ve closed down bogus colleges.”

KG: “So why didn’t we get the numbers under 100,000?”

DC: “You keep asking me a question and then literally not giving me a change to answer.”

KG: “Ok…”

Kate was right – Cameron wasn’t answering about EU immigration, he immediately deflected to non-EU immigration. This question is going to be asked time and time again and he cannot answer…

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…

Peston’s Downing Street “Movie Set”

ITV’s scoop-getting political editor Robert Peston is annoying Tory spinners in more ways than one. When the other broadcasters film short interviews in Downing Street, they usually bring one camera with them to film the interviewee. Peston however insists on bringing two cameras, one to film the minister, the other to film himself. Apparently Pesto wants a camera on himself at all times so plenty of shots of him looking inquisitive can be edited into the package. This means double the number of camera crew, causing a headache for press officers. A senior government source reveals “he turns up with a f**king movie set”. Don’t disturb the creative process…

Whitto’s £1,000 Charity Bet With Piers Morgan

Piers: Do you want a bet? Let’s have a bet John. I’ll bet you £1,000 to charity that if you guys win, and you may well, David Cameron has two hopes of remaining Prime Minister: no hope and Bob Hope. There’s my hand. For charity?

Whitto: Alright, go on then.

Piers: £1,000 that David Cameron is still Prime Minister after losing the referendum. We’ll see what happens. We’ll get you back on the sofa for when you pay up.

By contrast Owen Paterson suggested on Westminster Hour last night that Dave would have to go…

Peston Out of the Loop

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Peston increasingly has a touch of the Faisals about him. ITV’s political editor exclusively learned this afternoon that UKIP and “Vote.Leave” are backing the Grassroots Out campaign. Two things here.

“Vote.Leave” is not a thing. And “Vote Leave” has not endorsed Grassroots Out. He means “Leave.EU”. Whose boss Arron Banks told MPs to back Grassroots Out days ago.

And did he really “learn” it? The UKIP endorsement was press released to every journalist in SW1 half an hour before Peston’s tweet and has been widely flagged since the weekend.

That bugbear of Lobby journalists – “the BBC has learned” – lives on at ITV…

Peston Over-Promoting

ITV’s new political editor Robert Peston is pumping away promoting his big scoop: getting hold of Deborah Mattinson’s “secret” report on the Labour election defeat.

It would be impolite of Guido to rain on Peston’s parade, though the BBC did “reveal details” of the Mattinson report 24 hours earlier. Mattinson herself explained her findings on the Sunday Politics. The Beeb reported the detail on their news bulletins and website throughout the day yesterday.

As Mattinson went up on the Sunday Politics, she published her findings in detail over on the Progress website. A day before Peston’s scoop…

Indeed, Mattinson’s damning criticisms of Labour were first revealed by Rachel Sylvester in the Times back in December.

In fairness, Peston was the first to get hold of the actual whole report. It’s just a shame all the juicy bits had already been reported…

UPDATE: The Indy reported all the juicy quotes as far back as last October.

ITV’s Allegra Stratton

As rumoured last week, Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton is off to ITV:

“BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton is to join ITV News’ line-up of specialist experts in the newly-created role of National Editor.

Allegra will work across ITV News’ full range of programmes, appearing frequently on News at Ten. In her new role, she will provide insight and in-depth analysis of the domestic and policy issues that matter to our viewers.”

Stratton is not thought to have got on brilliantly with Ian Katz. Wounder for the BBC as ITV News at Ten bolster their line up further. Newsnight looks like a sinking ship

Tom Bradby Sex Appeal Figures Sexed Up

“Tom Bradby is so hot he got 500,000 new viewers,” claims a headline in the Times today. It follows on from yesterday’s puff piece reporting ITV News at Ten “has put on half a million viewers since Tom Bradby began presenting”. The generous write-up claimed:

“Average viewing figures for the ITV bulletin over the past three weeks have risen to two million — up by half a million on September averages.”

Has Bradby’s sex appeal really made such a remarkable difference?

Industry insiders tell Media Guido that, actually, the ITV News at Ten numbers are flat. In the three weeks since Bradby took over, reliable sources say ITV News at Ten has scored above two million on just three nights. The ratings have reached c1.9 million on zero nights, c.1.8 million on one night, c.1,7 million on six nights, c1.6 million on 2 nights and c1.5 million on 2 nights. The “half a million” headline figure is as sexed up as their new choice of host…

UPDATE: The BBC hit back as the 10pm flame war intensifies:

UPDATE II: Here are the ITV figures in full since Bradby took over. Last night’s numbers take the average just above 2 million:

Robert Peston to Join ITV and Rival Andrew Marr

The Peston job saga carried on for longer than it takes for him to finish a sentence, but he has at last made his decision. According to Media Guardian, Peston will become ITV political editor and will also “host a new Sunday morning chatshow”, rivalling Andrew Marr. […] Read the rest

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