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It’s Evan Davis for Newsnight

21 July 2014

10:58 AM

21 July 2014

10:58 AM

With the BBC set to make a formal announcement about Jeremy Paxman’s replacement at Newsnight imminently, tweets from BBC staff revealing the news were hurriedly deleted. Not quite all of them, though.

 

It’s Evan Davis, apparently. Hardly a controversial choice for the increasingly lefty show, under the stewardship of former Guardian man Ian Katz.

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Incidentally, hipster Katz has taken to signing off his emails ‘iKatz’.

Enough said.

Update: Talking of email signatures, journalist Neil Midgley tweets Mr S to say ‘apparently James Harding uses ‘Allbest, James’. Which one BBC wag said ‘makes me want him to Shutfuckup’.

— Neil Midgley (@NeilMidgley) July 21, 2014

 


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  • Robertus Maximus

    It won’t make much difference to me as I haven’t listened the the Today programme or watched Newsnight for at least ten years. I’m surprised so many people still tune in to both programmes and subject themselves to a daily dose of Pravda-like propaganda. Have they so little self-respect?

  • Greenslime

    Proof, if it were needed, that the BBC has given up all pretence of balanced reporting. Another soft-left leaning Labour luvvie!

    • Chris Morriss

      More pervs for BBC programs. Eddie Mair on PM, now Evan Davies on Newsnight. I wonder who’s next?

  • Donafugata

    Al-Guardian announced, ” Evan Davis to replace Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight”

    Not in a million years could Davis replace Paxman.

  • Lady Magdalene

    Newsnight has been turned in the broadcast version of The Guardian. I gave up watching it about a year ago.
    Evan Davies is just one more reason not to go back to it.

  • Smithersjones2013

    I give it 2 years before its viewing figures go down the sewer…..

    • Lady Magdalene

      They’ve already gone down the drain.

  • http://wrinkledweasel-resurgam.blogspot.co.uk/ wrinkledweasel

    It’s not important, apart from the obvious fact that he works for an organisation that extorts its revenue on pain of prison.

  • The Masked Marvel

    AH hahahahaha! They had to replace Paxman with somebody else whose MO is repeating the same question over and over again because he doesn’t like the answer. Only Davis likes to take it one step further sometimes to mischaracterize and restate his guests’ answers. Paxo at least occasionally gave the impression that he was listening.

    And Ian Katz continues to move from strength to strength. The only question now is, where will the BBC find a mulatto touch-typist to replace him on Today?

  • GUBU

    It’s curtains for Newsnight.

    Eventually.

  • Peter Stroud

    How predictable. Of course there was no hope of the BBC bringing in a talented, centre right outsider, was there.

  • David Booth.

    It’s Evan Davis’s giggling during interviews that irritates me, you’d think he was on something.

    • Barakzai

      Perhaps it’s his rings tickling?

      • David Booth.

        Err nope! Over my head that one?

        • GUBU

          I can assure you that, in this instance, ignorance is indeed bliss.

    • Chris Morriss

      On lots of things I hear…

  • anyfool

    Cameron and his bunch of weaklings could throw a giant spanner in the works of this Labour Party department, by just stopping the criminalisation of people who cannot afford to pay the tax that is known as the BBC Licence Fee.
    He might even gain votes as who but the Labour party and its moles would object.

  • Fencesitter

    Hurrah for Harry and Paul, I’d say. They’ll be cracking open the champagne at this news. Whitehouse’s version of Davis is close to genius.

  • steffanjohn

    This just proves how institutionally left-wing the BBC is, giving such a politically influential position to someone like this. I mean, it’s not like he worked for the Thatcher government to introduce the poll tax, or published a book advocating the privatisation of public services, or routinely crosses picket lines.

    Oh.

    Well, this might be one position that’s held by a non-lefty, but it’s not as if the BBC’s political editor is a former President of the Young Conservatives.

    Oh.

    Ok, that’s two, but it’s not as if the lead presenter of the Today programme is a former Daily Mail columnist who spends his time condemning welfare, immigration and Europe.

    Oh.

    Ok, that’s three of the four most important positions in news, but it’s not as if the fourth one as presenter of the Daily Politics is an outspoken former Murdoch editor and Daily Mail columnist, and is simultaneously the Chairman of Spectator Magazines.

    Oh.

    Well, it’s still institutionally Left-wing and only left-wingers can get ahead in the BBC. There may be no actual evidence, but it is scientific fact.

    • Barakzai

      Perhaps you can also settle the climate change debate with equally convincing ‘facts?’

    • The Masked Marvel

      Humphrys isn’t a conservative, just old and grumpy. Nick Robinson protects all politicians on both sides of the aisle, not just the Conservatives. Andrew Neil gives both sides an equally hard time, even if he does reveal the occasional right-wing opinion. This does not balance out the thousands of Left-wing and extremist journalists and producers and editors in BBC News. Today is Left-wing, from the boss on down. Newsnight is now 100% known Left-wingers, from the boss on down (in fact, that programme has a history of Left-wing political and economic editors and contributors). A BBC News producer was recently reprimanded for making an anti-UKIP tweet. Other BBC News staff have been reprimanded or have had their Twitter accounts temporarily shut down for tweeting their Left-wing bias. All their titled editors are known Left-wingers. All their correspondents in Europe, the US, and South America are openly Left-wing.

      Thousands of people are not balanced out by Andrew Neil and Nick a couple of years in Nick Robinson’s distant past.

  • HookesLaw

    Well its nice to know how well informed lucyBelle is

  • Cymrugel

    He’s a good journalist, but just doesn’t have the gravitas to be anchor-man of what is supposed to be the BBCs key political and news show.

    • HookesLaw

      Yes but it isn’t. How many people watch it. How interested are they how important is it?

      • Cymrugel

        Well the man, his sexuality, personal adornments and overall lifestyle are already becoming a bigger issue than his journalism.

        Paxo is renowned as a ball-breaking interviewer.

        This guy is principally famous for his personal peccadillos.

        OK he may be a brilliant economic journalist or whatever, but if everyone round him is more interested in his having had his nipples pierced than his interviewing style it will be hard to take the man seriously.

        That’s’ not a good start to fronting a serious political programme.
        His presence is essentially trivialising the programme.

  • Shazza

    The BBC doesn’t even pretend to be balanced anymore. Time to say RIP BBC.

  • misomiso

    For all the Rights anger at Cameron, they NEED to get a majority at the next election.

    There has been mass politisation of the states institutions.

    1) BBC and Newsnight not openly left wing and political in its reporting.
    2) Kier Starmer pursuing leftist agenda with public prosecutions and appearing on Andrew Marr. Director of public Prosecutations should not be a public figure
    3) Charities being headed up by Brownites.

    The Tories need a majority to be able to fight back against these appointments and reset the political battlefield.

  • R Fairless

    As good a reason as any to switch off!

  • RavenRandom

    No a left wing presenter for Newsnight, under their ex-Guardian man. Bound to be impartial… how could it be otherwise? How come the government does nothing about this bias?

    • an ex-tory voter

      Because they are led by a politically incompetent fool who missed the chance to detoxify and disarm the Beeb when he first took office.

      • HookesLaw

        There was no majority in parliament for that. As ever you point your gun at the wrong target.

    • Louis McDarty

      How does David Cameron make the BBC not left wing?

      • Chris Morriss

        By eliminating the TV tax!

  • Holly

    ….And they call Cameron’s re-shuffle.

  • Marketthinker

    Would that be the Ian Katz who read PPE at New College Oxford, who is married to Justine Roberts the founder of Mumsnet, who also read PPE at New College Oxford at the same time as David Cameron, who read PPE, as did Ed Davey, and Ed Balls and Ed Milliband and Yvette Cooper and Nick Robinson. Oh and of course Evan Davis?

    • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

      A few more:
      David Miliband (PPE degree from Oxford)
      James Purnell (PPE degree from Oxford)
      Jaqui Smith (PPE oxford)
      Ruth Kelly (PPE oxford)
      Peter Mandelson (PPE oxford)

      William Hague (PPE oxford)

      Danny Alexander (PPE Oxford)
      Chris Huhne (PPE oxford)

      And more media:

      Stephanie Flanders (PPE oxford)
      Nick Cohen (PPE oxford)
      Michael Crick (PPE oxford)
      Krishnan Guru-Murthy (PPE oxford)
      John Sergeant (PPE oxford)
      James Robbins (PPE oxford)
      David Dimbleby (PPE oxford)

      • Airey Belvoir

        If ever there was a case for closing down the Oxford PPE course….

        • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

          correct, a handful of lecturers having so much sway over the direction this country is taken is very scary!

        • Colin

          Best comment of the week, so far! And, once again, belter of a name.

        • Frank

          Mind you, it does make it much easier to make the lists of the people to be put against the wall come the revolution!!

        • Lemniscate

          If you shut down PPE, another course would emerge to mint the ruling class. In any case, PPE students have a wider diversity of political opinion than most other students I’ve met at Oxford. I would be a lot more worried about the newly founded Blavatnik School of Government (http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/), which appears to be training the future globalist progressive world leaders.

      • Colonel Mustard

        It originated in Oxford in the 1920s (after the Russian Revolution) as a an alternative to classics ostensibly to equip graduates for the Civil Service. The prime instigator was A. D. Lindsay, a socialist (surprise surprise) and an educational advisor to the Labour party. He taught Edward Heath who wrote of him:-

        “Although Lindsay’s own principles were strongly social democratic, he was completely non-dogmatic and non-doctrinaire both in argument and in deed. He believed that democracy alone, and the freedom of expression it underpinned, could give each individual the chance to live his or her own full life. Lindsay had more influence on me at Oxford than anyone else. Ironically, by hastening my intellectual development, this great socialist probably strengthened my innate Conservatism: and the more I exposed my instinctive political views to intellectual questioning, the more solid and rigorous their foundations became.”

        And Denis Healey:-

        “As the first confessed socialist to head a college in Oxford, he was regarded as a dangerous revolutionary by many of his colleagues, particularly when he stood as the Popular Front candidate in the 1938 by-election. Nowadays he would be regarded as a left-wing liberal.”

        Hmm. As Starmer might say it demonstrates a pattern of behaviour. A finishing school for a left inclined political elite which probably shares more than it differs.

      • Kitty MLB

        Are these people actually representative of the electorate, all somewhat cloned. A few degrees such
        as a traditional ( Dickensian, as telemachus calls them) subject as most here and elsewhere have
        might make these MP’s seem unique.

        And by the way, what is the obsession with Oxford,
        a fine university but why not Cambridge ? Also fine
        i might add and Edinburgh too. Maybe they should
        spread out a little.

        • Donafugata

          Paxo is a Cambridge man.

          • Kitty MLB

            Is he indeed.Cambridge is most excellent.
            I wonder what on earth went wrong for him
            after leaving, a wretched pompous man.Did
            you see his history of England documentary
            a few years back..factually incorrect.

    • HookesLaw

      What’s wrong with going to university? Various people do degrees at university which bear no relation to the jobs they finally do.
      Its pretty asinine to drearily bang on about a PPE degree, the issue which ought to exercise your off focus brain is the rigour with which any degree course is taught.

      • Marketthinker

        The issue is the clique….the fact that both sides of the house did the same degree pretty much at the same time as did the media that are supposed to hold them to account. Ian Katz, whose wife appears to direct David Cameron’s policies via Mumsnet both of whom went to the same college as chief of staff Ed Llewellyn is now appointing fellow PPE student Evan Davis to Newsnight. Previpus BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders (PPE) who ‘dated’ both Ed Balls (PPE) and Ed Milliband (PPE) is now touting for JP Morgan (employer of A Blair) so is presumably not availabe. I would say that the off focus brain is the one that thought it was about going to university. Or was that simply trolling?

      • Kitty MLB

        Absolutely nothing wrong with going to university
        I would hope the electorate might prefer their MP’s
        to have had the best education.
        Mind you some don’t allow their excellent education
        to get in the way of their ignorance.

        Its more to do with them all having the same type of
        degree. And making a career out of what should be
        a duty to serve.

  • Barakzai

    Excellent news. The bumptious Davis is no loss to ‘Today.’ Only Paxman made Newsnight remotely watchable. Davis’ arrival will make it even more of a shallow house mag for lefty bubblists.

    And please now tell us that the loquacious ‘I-can’t-read-the-clock’ Naughtie won’t return once the Scottish referendum’s over . . .

  • Blindsideflanker

    Evan Davis should feel right at home in a Newsnight which has become home to lot of nattering women. His irrelevant interruptions during interviews in the Today program had become really tiresome.

    • Louis McDarty

      In a UKIP-run Britain, there would be no gays, no women, no ethnic minorities on the telly.

      • Tom Allalone

        That’s utter boll*cks but it’s fun to draw up the schedule for an evening’s viewing

      • Kevin T

        Of course, just like there are no gay, female and muslim UKIP MEPs. Oh wait.

  • Swiss Bob

    Why would anyone want to watch let alone take seriously a news and current affairs program populated by a bunch of Marxist school children?

    • Drabble

      There is a recent good example of the lefty interview bias of Davis in which he allows his own antipathy to Tories to override his professionalism…..as per normal in fact…..the interview is ruined by Davis’ interruptions and completely fails to deliver the incisive and informative exposition of Osborne’s policies that we expect but as often as not fail to receive on the Today programme driven as it is by its own political leanings and the egos of men (mostly…see below) who have become complacent and arrogant in jobs they have been allowed to occupy for years.

      ‘BBC presenter Evan Davis was under fire last night following an extraordinary interview with George Osborne in which he repeatedly talked over the Chancellor as he tried to answer questions.
      Downing Street complained to the BBC following the 13-minute encounter on Radio 4’s Today programme because of the ‘unacceptably hostile’ tone of the interview.
      Mr Davis is said to have been ‘spoken to’ by managers, although the BBC denied he had been reprimanded. Downing Street is thought to have received an apology.‘

      Last night, Mr Davis said: “There is some confusion around just now, but just to clarify: I have not been told off for the way I interviewed the Chancellor today.”

      Davis in which he allows his own antipathy to Tories to override his professionalism…..as per normal in fact…..the interview is ruined by Davis’ interruptions and completely fails to deliver the incisive and informative exposition of Osborne’s policies that we expect but as often as not fail to receive on the Today programme driven as it is by its own political leanings and the egos of men (mostly…see below) who have become complacent and arrogant in jobs they have been allowed to occupy for years.

      ‘BBC presenter Evan Davis was under fire last night following an extraordinary interview with George Osborne in which he repeatedly talked over the Chancellor as he tried to answer questions.
      Downing Street complained to the BBC following the 13-minute encounter on Radio 4’s Today programme because of the ‘unacceptably hostile’ tone of the interview.
      Mr Davis is said to have been ‘spoken to’ by managers, although the BBC denied he had been reprimanded. Downing Street is thought to have received an apology.‘

      Last night, Mr Davis said: “There is some confusion around just now, but just to clarify: I have not been told off for the way I interviewed the Chancellor today.”

      Davis in which he allows his own antipathy to Tories to override his professionalism…..as per normal in fact…..the interview is ruined by Davis’ interruptions and completely fails to deliver the incisive and informative exposition of Osborne’s policies that we expect but as often as not fail to receive on the Today programme driven as it is by its own political leanings and the egos of men (mostly…see below) who have become complacent and arrogant in jobs they have been allowed to occupy for years.

      ‘BBC presenter Evan Davis was under fire last night following an extraordinary interview with George Osborne in which he repeatedly talked over the Chancellor as he tried to answer questions.
      Downing Street complained to the BBC following the 13-minute encounter on Radio 4’s Today programme because of the ‘unacceptably hostile’ tone of the interview.
      Mr Davis is said to have been ‘spoken to’ by managers, although the BBC denied he had been reprimanded. Downing Street is thought to have received an apology.‘

      Last night, Mr Davis said: “There is some confusion around just now, but just to clarify: I have not been told off for the way I interviewed the Chancellor today.”

      • Aberrant_Apostrophe

        I’ve got this terrible sense of Déjà Déjà vu…

        • Marmalade Sandwich

          I hope he does go. But can he take Justin Webb, far worse than Evan, with him. And as I don’t watch live TV at home, and don’t pay the TV licence, I’ll never have to hear them again. Everyone here posts endless BBC rants. Please stop funding it. Only then things will change for the better.

          • Alexsandr

            there is caroline quentin. shouty. awful.

            • Chris Morriss

              Is she the one with the speech impediment, or is that Sarah someone-or-other?

      • Blindsideflanker

        Being able to tick a PC box is more significant to career advancement at the BBC than talent.

      • Donafugata

        Talking over people and interrupting is a qualification for a job on Newsbore.

    • Louis McDarty

      Why don’t British rightwingers start their own TV news channel, like a UK-version of Fox News

      • Marcus William Hunt

        By law, British TV has to be politically neutral.

        • Andy

          Wish that it were. It is inherently Lefty. Even the drama productions are lefty.

  • Alexsandr

    whats newsnight?

    • dado_trunking

      It’s Made in Chelsea for middle-aged Palestine and Ukraine concern trolls.

  • vircantium

    iKatz? uTw*t.

    • Alexsandr

      probably ends his emails ‘simples’

    • telemachus

      Hear 15peter20

      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

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