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Plot thickens over which Tory MP planned to push over cameraman

29 January 2015 12:33

After Mr S’s disclosure that a Tory MP plotted to knock over a BBC cameraman to cease filming for Inside the Commons, speculation is rife as to who the backbencher… Continue reading

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Tory MP ‘plotted to knock over’ BBC cameraman

29 January 2015 11:34

Michael Cockerell’s new documentary series inside the House of Commons saw the reporter gain unprecedented access to parliament. However, while many MPs were keen to be involved, a group of Tory MPs… Continue reading

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Robert Harris is unimpressed by the BBC's lack of books coverage

Robert Harris: BBC’s books coverage is a ‘disgrace’

28 January 2015 9:41

Lord Hall will be glad that he didn’t attend last night’s Costa Book Awards. Robert Harris, who chaired this year’s judges, took the opportunity to criticise the corporation’s book coverage when announcing… Continue reading

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It was drinks all around when Tony Hall attended Barney Jones's leaving do

No dry January for the BBC’s finest

13 January 2015 18:03

It was no expenses spared last night at One Great George Street to toast the departure of long-time Andrew Marr Show editor Barney Jones. Most ‘leaving dos’ in journalism involve a… Continue reading

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Nick Robinson vs Russell Brand: Round Two

13 January 2015 12:28

Last week Nick Robinson took a swipe at Russell Brand’s call for the public to refrain from voting, claiming that it could undermine democracy. He went so far as to say… Continue reading

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The BBC: Blaming the Jews for attacks on Jews

12 January 2015 11:08

Heaven forbid that such an atrocity should happen, but suppose white racists attacked a mosque today, murdering four people. Crowds gather to show solidarity with the dead. They profess support… Continue reading

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Has the BBC changed its picture policy after the Charlie Hebdo debate on Question Time?

BBC to revise its restrictions on depicting Mohammed

9 January 2015 14:09

Last night’s Question Time saw David Dimbleby chair a debate on freedom of expression following the Charlie Hebdo shootings. During the programme, Dimbleby stated that the BBC’s policy with regards to representations of Mohammed was… Continue reading

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Does another departure signal the end for Ian Katz?

Another day, another departure at Newsnight

5 January 2015 13:23

Since Ian Katz took over as editor of Newsnight, an illustrious roll call of staff have left the flagging current affairs show, including presenters Jeremy Paxman and Gavin Esler. Now,… Continue reading

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The Today programme is already ‘diverse’ – despite what Lenny Henry thinks

31 December 2014 11:33

Did you enjoy the BBC Today programme this morning, guest edited by the, uh, comedian Lenny Henry and featuring interviewees and journos who were exclusively from ethnic minority backgrounds? I… Continue reading

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Darren Henley - the new CEO of the Arts Council

The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – Guardianistas won’t be happy

17 December 2014 16:10

It is difficult to describe with equanimity the culture shock that has been administered to Arts Council England, the 69 year-old benefits office for the creative industries. Invented by Maynard… Continue reading

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Paul Lambert, Ukip's new Director of Communications. Photo: BBC.

Ukip hires BBC’s Paul ‘Gobby’ Lambert as new Director of Communications

7 December 2014 13:00

Ukip has announced that BBC political producer Paul Lambert will be the party’s new Director of Communications. Ukip has offered the job to various prominent figures but it has not been filled… Continue reading

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Chancellor George Osborne Visits Bentley Motors

Should politicians grumble about awkward stories?

5 December 2014 16:27

A lot of political types are very cross with the ‘biased media’ today. Ukip is currently the most aerated because some journalists ‘fabricated’ (which is today synonymous with ‘transcribed’) some remarks… Continue reading

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Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and her death at the age of 94 deprives the country… Continue reading

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Survey Indicates Scotland Have Different Views On Migration From Rest Of UK

The BBC's bias is the reason we're arguing about immigration now

19 November 2014 17:02

Wonderful: Labour has a new slogan on immigration, which appears to be the Conservatives’ old slogan from 2005, the one that Labour said was racist. I have far more respect… Continue reading

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Yes, Bob Geldof, Africans know it’s Christmas. Do you know it’s time to pack Band Aid in?

19 November 2014 10:19

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, our leading article looks at the Band Aid 30 single and why it’s time for Bob Geldof to pack Band Aid in. Pickup a copy tomorrow… Continue reading

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The Mike Leigh/Nick Serota puff piece for Newsnight

Newsnight’s arts coverage has descended into a string of fawning advertorials

17 November 2014 15:37

Newsnight‘s decision to interview misogynist comedian Daniel ‘Dapper Laughs’ O’Reilly has been slammed as a cynical ratings grab, a descent even from the depths plumbed by devoting 15 minutes to… Continue reading

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Russell Brand: Newsnight’s tragic solution to its plummeting ratings

25 October 2014 17:17

The issue is not that Russell Brand seems to believe that 9/11 was some sort of joint effort between George W Bush and the bin Laden family – that’s sort… Continue reading

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The new Dad's Army cast (left to right): Blake Harrison as Pike, Danny Mays as Walker, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Paterson as Fraser, Bill Nighy as Wilson, Michael Gambon as Godfrey

First look at the new Dad’s Army

25 October 2014 11:05

Back in the last century, when people still watched television rather than computers, I fulfilled the lifetime ambition of every comedy nerd when I finally got to meet David Croft… Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas in 1946. Photograph: Francis Reiss/Getty Images

Dylan Thomas: speeches for Hitler, balderdash for Walton and the true meaning of Under Milk Wood

24 October 2014 11:11

My father came across Dylan Thomas in a Swansea pub in 1947. ‘Chap over there,’ said one of the regulars ‘is a poet.’ ‘What’s his name?’ asked my father. ‘No… Continue reading

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John Humphrys and the BBC’s disdain for market capitalism

21 October 2014 15:44

Last week’s market tremor, provoked by renewed fears of eurozone stagnation and a slowdown in global growth, was serious enough for IMF chief Christine Lagarde to feel the need to… Continue reading

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Displaced Tutsi Rwandans at a refugee camp, May 1994 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The Rwandan genocide story that the BBC didn’t tell

17 October 2014 17:00

On Saturday 200 UK-based Rwandans, including many genocide survivors, protested outside the BBC offices in response to the documentary ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’, which aired earlier in October. The demonstration followed… Continue reading

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Hugh Cecil Lowther, the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, on a hunt in 1908 (Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Hunting is history - so why would the BBC pretend otherwise?

7 October 2014 18:03

Of all the BBC’s output, the Antiques Roadshow is one of the programmes least likely to cause a row. Alright, so you might disagree with the odd estimate, or argue that some… Continue reading

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Edinburgh International Book Festival Portraits 2007

Paxo to Channel 4

24 September 2014 11:28

Poor Jon Snow. The veteran presenter has some serious competition from the latest BBC defection to Channel 4; it’s the big one. After months of speculation about his future, and… Continue reading

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Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

23 September 2014 19:00

‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is very sure. But personally I do wonder: ‘Why should we even… Continue reading

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Former Newsnight hack slams Beeb’s referendum ‘propaganda’

12 September 2014 18:02

Former Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason seems rather happy to be free of Auntie, especially since the Scottish independence referendum campaign sent the establishment to panic stations: ‘Not since Iraq have I… Continue reading

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