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Ian Katz is the new editor of Newsnight

16 May 2013

1:06 AM

16 May 2013

1:06 AM

Shockwaves this morning in both Fleet Street and BBC land as the news comes in the Guardian’s bridesmaid, but never the bride, Ian Katz, is finally bored of waiting for Alan Rusbridger to retire and has jumped ship to the BBC.

The Guardian’s deputy editor will be announced today as the next editor of Newsnight, in an attempt to rearrange the deckchairs on the Beeb’s hallmark current events show, which is still struggling to recover from the Jimmy Savile cover up.

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Katz is not the first left-winger to be appointed by the corporation’s new boss Tony Hall. In recent weeks Labour’s James Purnell has been appointed to an executive role while the former Times editor James Harding — forced out by old Rupe for his less-than-dry views — has been brought in to head up their news operations. As one BBC insider lamented tonight: ‘welcome to Labour BBC.’

Bizarrely as the former Director General Mark Thompson plods on with his career at the New York Times with zero print experience, his old haunt is swelling with print hounds with zero experience of the box. What could possibly go wrong?

UPDATE: A government source whispers to me:

‘Another bloody lefty joins the BBC. Wasn’t he the one that claimed he warned No.10 about Andy Coulson?

Turned out to be a some conversation he had with Steve Hilton where he simply repeated loads of allegations that were already public.’

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  • West Ham Utd

    Time to make Henry Blofeld chairman and Jonathan Agnew DG

  • The_greyhound

    This is absolutely fine. What is not fine is that the Government continues to allow this mediocre broadcaster to tax us. I don’t have to pay for the Daily Express : why do I – or anyone – have to pay for the BBC?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Smith/100003485567217 John Smith

    We need a campaign to get rid of the TVPollTax. A dose of the real world would cause some balance..

  • http://twitter.com/samueldiamond Sam Diamond

    Andrew Neil, owner of this publication, has a fairly prominent role on the BBC – I don’t see anyone moaning of right-wing bias

  • Tim Reed

    “…and has jumped ship to the BBC.”

    The Guardian and the BBC are the same vessel.
    ‘Swapped cabins’ would have been more appropriate.

  • thanksdellingpole

    Try them for Treason, humiliate them with their history of bias and disband the organisation into a thousand little pieces.

  • Icebow

    No Guardian reader or employee should ever be Editor of anything, including The Guardian. Oh sorry, the guardian (teacher-friendly).

  • Brian Williams

    When is this crap government going to tell these people to start hiring people with right wing views or lose their licence money?

    • http://twitter.com/antony_palmer Antony Palmer

      It will never happen. Doesn’t Cameron speak at DEMOS. There is a direct link between the banking industry and Marxism as there was from inception. Both main parties final solution is the destruction of the nation state. All you have to do is follow their policies. That can be the only sane conclusion.

      • jjjj

        You give sanity a bad press.

  • thanksdellingpole

    Privatise the BBC: throw them to the crocodiles!

  • C Cole

    Don’t worry, folks, Rubbisher will probably be the next DG!

  • The Sage

    I also notice today that the so-called Bureau of Investigative Journalism (involved in the McAlpine scandal you will recall) has been further admonished:

    “The internal investigation into the report by former Bureau of
    Investigative Journalism chief reporter Angus Stickler found that there
    was no evidence to back Newsnight’s claim about Help for Heroes”

    So another discredited left-learning organisation linked to Newsnight – along with the anodyne Resolution Foundation. Look out for how many times a representative from RF appears on Newsnight.

  • allymax bruce

    I can’t see my comment I posted earlier; how the International Marxists, (I.M. ), comprised of Zionists in top positions in MSM jobs, in conjunction with their Zionist ‘good brothers’, their Communist Labour Party, as the I.M. neo-con vehicle; to force forward the I.M. agenda. Now, what is that I.M. agenda? Well, it’s been right under our noses, since Labour secretly signed us up to EU Lisbon. We’re talking an Americas & EU world war in 20 years, against Russia & China. This is why a ‘collegiate ‘ aggregate voting system, for the EU Council of Ministers was introduced, which led to Labour’s horrendous immigration policy, (producers of future war fodder), and why the I.M. are the Republican Party, the EU autocrats, and the evil Labour Party.
    We must wipe out the Labour Party; or they will wipe us out!

    • Fasdunkle

      Wow – bullshit bingo – HOUSE!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/antony_palmer Antony Palmer

      An accurate analysis. There seems to be this enormous blind spot with regards to the Jewish influence on decision making in this country and regarding their seeming self destructive agenda. The mass immigration push under Blair was largely led by two atheistic Jews Jonathan Portes and Barbara Roche. For Globalism to succeed national and ethnic identity must be destroyed for that is the only true defence a nation has to the usurious parasitical fifth column that runs the show from the entertainment industry to international banking to NGOs and the rest. When you witness Al Qaeda operatives in Syria being patched up in Israel to be sent back out to slaughter Syrian Christians it gives a clearer impression of just how screwed up this world is.

      • allymax bruce

        You’ve seen it with your own eyes, Antony, I’m glad somebody can understand what b. s. distraction our ‘news’ is.
        We, the electorate, can change this future horror from happening, but we must completely wipe out Labour; Labour are ‘in’ too deep; they cannot change.
        Antony, thanks for all the good work you do. allymax.

        • jjjj

          Two fake posters on the Arab lobby payroll.

          • allymax bruce

            Nah, just sick & tired of yer stupid ‘superior’ complex; if yer that superior, how come yoov been kicked out of every country in the world? The strangest thing is, the only country in the world to let you stay, was my country. So, stick that where the sun don’t shine!

            • Adam

              Quoting a translation of Genesis – without understanding a word of it.

      • jjjj

        Parasites like you should have been made to taste life in the death camps, those same camps that your ilk refused to bomb.

        • allymax bruce

          Life is, as life does;
          Christians – Romans,
          British – Indians,
          Jews – everybody
          Zionists – anybody. .
          Any Muslim, Jew, or Zionist will tell you this life is not all that; only sacrifice. So, don’true threaten us with ‘death; …………………………… Fuck off.

          • Adam

            Eh?

    • jjjj

      You were told to take the blue pills, not the yellow ones!

      • allymax bruce

        Matrix is, as Matrix does.
        There is only one God.

        • Adam

          …and He’s not who you think He is.

  • Fasdunkle

    Have the BBC appointed Glenn Greenwald as World News Editor yet?

    • allymax bruce

      Greenwald ?
      Ah, you mean the English translation for landed-rich!
      Dickens had yoos lot, perfectly.

  • Paul

    The growing Left-Wing bias is now truly worrying …

  • http://twitter.com/jeremyhillman Jeremy Hillman

    Yes, all those lefties at the BBC like Craig Oliver, now Head of Comms for Cameron, Will Walden, now head of Comms for Boris Johnson (taking that over from Guto Harri, former err. BBC political correspondent). I could go on (and on) but why let the facts get in the way of a good story!

    • Brian Williams

      Are you trying to claim that Cameron and Johnson (only two, but you could go on) are right wing? Ha ha ha.

      • http://twitter.com/antony_palmer Antony Palmer

        Exactly. Cameron speaks at DEMOS. It doesn’t really matter what box you place these characters in. In their current forms terms like conservative and Labour and Liberal are meaningless terms. Meaningless because the policies don’t conform to either.There is only one way at present. The way of the traitor. We are run by politicians who serve oligarchy plain and simple. The only solution is to strip all of them of their titles and start from scratch.

    • Tim Reed

      …you could go on, but you’ve quickly run out of possible BBC right-wingers.

  • VacantPossession

    Nice to know the BBC have again opted for a completely unbiased coordinator of information we, the public will receive. What a privilege it is for us to have paid for the information we receive to have been filtered so carefully.

    When the Guardian finally goes bankrupt (although the BBC is doing its best to help the Guardian coffers with our money) the Guardianistas all know they have somewhere nice and cosy with great pensions to go to, where the concept of how best to spend someone else’s money is so well understood.

    There, they can continue their work of undermining the public, redistributing wealth even beyond our borders and even darn right lying. in the sure knowledge that uncomfortable truths can be hidden and protected by misuse of the law (Balen, for example). In the mean time, Katz can prepare the way for the anointed true heirs of the soul of the BBC..

    It is well past time Auntie was broken up; Keep the world service as it is just that. The BBC would never be able to peddle it’s biased anti democratic 7,000 rocket launch supporting nonsense if people had to pay to see it. Lies, lies and more lies – and we pay for it.

    Then we might see Raheem Kassam in that position but that won’t happen until Auntie is no longer taxpayer funded Auntie.

    • Shazza

      Agree with everything you say except the world service. Get rid of it as well. It is rubbish.

    • timothy evans

      No no. The World Service is just as appalling. Get rid of it too.

      • VacantPossession

        I stand corrected 😉

    • itdoesntaddup

      Why should the rest of the world have to suffer a station to the left of Radio Tirana?

  • Jebediah

    What a surpise. You staff up with left wingers and then implausibly claim it all some how out comes out impartial.

    • Tim Reed

      In their minds they absolutely are impartial. The BBC assumes that their leftist viewpoint is actually the reasonable centre ground, culturally and politically.

  • PeterJukes

    The warning to Cameron about Coulson was quite specific. It wasnt just about hacking, but Coulson’s hiring of a recently released criminal who had been investigated for the murder of his business partner Daniel Morgan:

    http://www.peterjukes.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=198:daniel-morgan-murder-inquiry&Itemid=67

    • Swiss Bob

      So no one should employ ex cons?

      Well here’s hoping Chris Huhne never gets another pay packet, especially from the BBC or Guardian.

      • PeterJukes

        Course Chris Huhne has been investigated five times for murder.

        Moral compass little awry here: or may just low information opinion

        • Swiss Bob

          So Chris Huhne bears no responsibility for the tens of thousands of excess cold winter deaths during his time as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change?

          Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.,

          If you had a moral compass it would point left.

        • GUBU

          ‘Big opinions with little information’? That sounds like what passes for politics these days…

  • Jim_Watford

    The BBC is the broadcast arm of the Guardian, no one should be surprised.

  • Swiss Bob

    Perhaps Newsnight will run an expose of companies avoiding paying their fair share of tax.

    He could start with the Guardian Media Group and their offshore trusts.

  • allymax bruce

    This does not surprise me; I’ve been saying, for nearly two years now, the Republican Party, and their Zionist ‘good brothers’, are forcing forward their International Marxist agenda. And their Communist political party, Labour, is their neo-con vehicle in ‘Britain’. I mean, if you want any more proof, just look at the names in these top ‘Common Purpose positions; Rusbridger, Katz, (European Jews), Purnell, (Labour).

  • 15peter20

    Just to be clear: the former editor of The Times is a ‘left-winger’, and Ian Katz didn’t warn Number 10 about Andy Coulson, he just… accurately repeated some truthful allegations about Coulson to a senior figure at Number 10. (They were already public, so didn’t matter — the rule of thumb is that it’s OK to hire a wrong ‘un if everyone knows he’s a wrong ‘un.) Just to be clear.

  • Silvia Quite

    Oh no, the BBC have appointed someone who’ll use Newsnight as a vehicle for holding concentrations of power in our society to account. What bias, what corruption!! Do these people not know what the media is for??

    • http://twitter.com/MMBTycalibre MMB Tycalibre

      If only.

  • zanzamander

    BBC’s incestuous relationship with Guardian will continue to produce deformed programmes.

  • zanzamander

    Good news for Arabists, Hamas supporters and terrorists everywhere.

    • http://twitter.com/doggywoggydooda Dog

      You missed out paedophile rape gangs

      • ambrose lane

        I think you mean Muslims!

    • Davidh

      Not sure about that. James Purnell used to be Chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group of MPs. James Harding is pro-Israel, supported The Jewish Chronicle and is himself Jewish. If anything, bias at The BBC runs the other way.

      • Julian_F

        Katz is one of those loose-identification jews who asks intellectually deformed questions such as “how a people that had been oppressed for so long could become the oppressor” (Guardian, 24th May 2011). People like this seem to believe that those pesky Israelites should have learned their lesson from the Holocaust and accept without reaction bombing of their people by terrorist groups and the broad swathe of anti-Semitism that runs through the Middle East. We can expect more insulting garbage like this from Newsnight now.

      • Shazza

        Have you not heard of the infamous Balen Report?

        • MaxSceptic

          I’ve heard of it. But not seen it. When will somebody please leak it?

      • ganef_returns

        If you seriously believe the BBC is pro-Israel, I suggest you look at http://bbcwatch.org/

        • Davidh

          One’s view on the BBC’s position will depend on the BBC’s position relative to one’s own…

      • http://twitter.com/antony_palmer Antony Palmer

        80% of Tory MP’s are in the lobby group ‘Conservative friends of Israel.’ A similar stat regarding Labour I believe. No other foreign power has such a stranglehold over this nations political elite. The financiers of the CFI match up pretty well with the top financiers of the party at national and local level. A staggering situation especially from a country that effectively stole atomic research from us with the help of our security services. Just because Mr. Katz comes across as anti Zionist in print won’t translate to the national broadcaster you can be certain. You won’t hear a newsnight report on the Israeli field hospitals treating Al Qaeda rebels injured in Syria put it that way.

        • thanksdellingpole

          Oborne (Telegraph) did a documentary on this.

          • jjjj

            And concluded that there was no lobby in the sense that you lot think there is.

            • thanksdellingpole

              Is there a friends of Palestine?

        • jjjj

          All lies. Keep trolling.

          • tyke87

            Cameron told the Knesset that Israel was within the DNA of the Conservative party.

        • jjjj

          Actually, Israel treats patients from all over the Arab world in its hospitals. When in Israel they see for themselves what a real democracy looks like. Israel is always at the forefront of all international rescue efforts from natural disasters. What about the Arab countries swimming in oil? What have they ever given the world except money for their paid up lobbyists in the press or paid for comments below the line.

          • http://twitter.com/antony_palmer Antony Palmer

            Just inside the border old bean. Israeli field hospitals specifically there to treat injured Al Qaeda rebels so they can go back into Syria and send the country back to the stone age. Cutting out the hearts of Syrian soldiers and eating it still warm on camera. Ditto Cameron and Miliband if he got in. Both parties are bankrolled by Zionists – FACT. Ever wonder why the ‘arab spring’ is really happening. Ever wondered why Iraq is effectively finished as a nation. Only one regional power profits from this utter destruction. It’s been the modus operandi for centuries. Divide and conquer. All in the Israeli flag by the way. The blue lines represent the Nile and the Euphrates. That’s where they see themselves.

            • allymax bruce

              Netanyahoo got short shrift from Putin few days ago; ‘yahoo was in his element, aimed & dined by his arch enemy; Putin put a eat

        • 15peter20

          Three upvotes for an out-and-out, ah, Jew-finder. Stay classy, Coffee House.

          • tyke87

            One more for the truth!

    • Shazza

      Good news for everyone except the indigenous British population.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-King/100003741083027 Craig King

    Oh come on, we know the Guardian is the print arm of the BBC so why is this a surprise?

    • MaxSceptic

      Indeed. Their ilk have been editing Newsnight since its inception.

  • The Sage

    No surprise here. In fact, the surprise would have been if the BBC had not chosen a hack from its own house journal for this position.
    I’m sure that the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is a paragon of impartiality by comparison.

  • Davidh

    This is exactly what the Leveson inquiry so artfully covered up: the easy and corrupting relationships between media, political and business power. Leveson diverted attention to some meaningless debate about a regulatory body that’s not statutory but has a statutory underpinning, is independent but appointed by a comittee that’s blah blah blah and life goes on as normal.

    And it doesn’t even matter if they are left or right – they are all neo-con these days. Did it make any difference when Blair and Co were replaced by Cameron and Co, with the madcap Brown briefly stealing the hotseat in between? It’s still The Sun wot wins it…

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