Media Ignore New Production of World’s Best-Selling Car in UK

Nissan’s decision not to begin production of a new model of car in Sunderland dominated the media at the start of the week, despite no jobs actually being lost. Brexit naturally got all the blame, despite a large number of other significant factors including falling demand for diesel cars and the EU’s stringent new emissions standards in the wake of Germany’s major diesel fraud scandal. If it was really a Brexit issue why didn’t Nissan just move production to one of their many manufacturing plants in Spain, or France where they have a strategic partnership with Renault?

Funny how quiet the media was when another Japanese car giant did start a major new production line – just last month Toyota commenced production of the new 2019 Corolla at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire where over 3000 people are employed. The Corolla is not a niche SUV like the Nissan X-Trail, it is the best-selling car model in the world…

In fact the only mention of the new Corolla on BBC News was a single line in an article puffing up the latest round of no-deal bluster from the firm’s European boss and Greg Clark, which didn’t even mention the fact that new production had started. Not a word from Project Fear cheerleaders Sky News…

mdi-timer 6th February 2019 @ 10:39 am 6th Feb 2019 @ 10:39 am mdi-comment Comments
Sky News Goes Raw

To celebrate their thirtieth birthday today, Sky News have launched a not-at-all-creepy initiative called Sky News Raw, where they broadcast the behind the scenes internals of their office. They’re broadcasting with Big Brother style commentary from 7am-5pm today. Not that Sky News hasn’t been raw before

mdi-timer 5th February 2019 @ 10:02 am 5th Feb 2019 @ 10:02 am mdi-comment Comments
Beth Rigby Confirmed as Sky News Pol-Ed

Congratulations to Beth who beat off a lot of competition for the plum job of Sky News pol-ed.

mdi-timer 4th February 2019 @ 9:22 am 4th Feb 2019 @ 9:22 am mdi-comment Comments
MPs Will Debate TV Debates

Sky News’ dogged campaign to #MakeDebatesHappen may be about to finally start yielding results with MPs set to debate the issue on Monday. After several months, Sky’s petition to establish an Independent Debates Commission has now hit the 133,000 mark after a relentless campaign to promote it that even included Kay Burley asking Jon Bon Jovi whether he supported the idea. We’re half way there…

TV debates haven’t really caught on in the UK after Nick Clegg’s surge in 2010 put the two main parties off. Small parties naturally all want to get a look in but the anarchic seven-way debate last year generated much heat and very little light. On balance Guido reckons it’s a good idea as long as the commission is politically independent and not funded by the taxpayer. Since it’s the broadcasters that stand to benefit, surely they can stump up the cash for it…

mdi-timer 3rd January 2019 @ 10:58 am 3rd Jan 2019 @ 10:58 am mdi-comment Comments
Brexit: “How Did We Get Here?”

Gary Gibbon asks; Brexit: “How Did We Get Here?” It is a good and fair-minded recap.

Incidentally, some say he might be interested in becoming the Sky News Political Editor. A source claims Gary Gibbon was on the shortlist last time, and that John Ryley, Head of Sky News, is a big fan of his. His old school political neutrality does seem out of place at the left-wing Channel 4 News. They could do worse…

mdi-timer 1st December 2018 @ 3:31 pm 1st Dec 2018 @ 3:31 pm mdi-comment Comments
UPDATE: Sky Pol Ed Runners & Riders

Last week’s Runners & Riders on the Sky political editor role’s availability, now that Faisal Islam is off to the BBC to become their economics editor, brought more than the usual complaints and lobbying from those jockeying for position and their friends. Proving once again that journalists don’t like to be on the receiving end of journalism…

One justified complaint was that Guido had made a glaring omission – Niall Paterson. Fans of Niall are right to say he must be in with a good chance. He stood in successfully for Sophy Ridge during her maternity leave and he knows his way round SW1 as a former political correspondent at Millbank. Currently co-presenting the weekday breakfast show he could easily switch to the pol ed job. Guido would give him short odds for the job…

mdi-timer 12th November 2018 @ 11:58 am 12th Nov 2018 @ 11:58 am mdi-comment Comments
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