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Melody Festival’s ‘Heroes’ shows why Sweden rules the pop world

1 March 2015 15:12

The world’s most-watched cultural event is still two months away, but for Eurovision affectionados the entertainment has started already. Britain and Sweden are the continent’s two greatest exporters of pop music, but… Continue reading

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Fackbook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their intention seems to be to join the Islamic State and it looks… Continue reading

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Anna Soubry arriving in Downing Street on reshuffle day. Picture: PA

Anna Soubry’s choice of words raises eyebrows

25 February 2015 17:06

After Inside the Commons drew to a close last night, a new row involving the House of Commons documentary developed. Reports have emerged claiming that in unused footage an MP was… Continue reading

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House of Cards creator reveals rift with BBC over ‘insensitive’ Margaret Thatcher plot

25 February 2015 8:30

The third series of the American adaptation of House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey, will see the programme go in a different direction to the political trilogy on which… Continue reading

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CCTV footage of two of the girls at Gatwick airport (Photo: PA)

To be ‘groomed’ is to gain instant victim status

24 February 2015 16:01

A minor point, I suppose, but one worth noting. It was stated on the BBC and in the liberal press that these three girls who have scuttled off to Syria… Continue reading

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Want to stop nice British girls going to Syria? Then show them the X-rated ‘Joy of Jihad’

23 February 2015 18:15

I’m with Rod on the wannabe jihadi brides going to Syria.  The whole official approach demonstrated by the BBC et al is just the same as the government-sponsored videos that… Continue reading

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A photo of Shamima Begum, one of the missing schoolgirls (Photo: Laura Lean/Getty)

Should we actually be worried about the Syria-bound schoolgirls?

23 February 2015 9:42

Are you terribly worried about those three London ‘schoolgirls’ who have gone off to fight for the Islamic State in Syria? I must admit I haven’t lost an awful lot… Continue reading

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Confirmed: Inside the Commons will reveal ‘rift’ between John Bercow and Robert Rogers

12 February 2015 16:24

Speculation has been rife that John Bercow’s decision to let cameras into the commons for a BBC documentary will backfire on him. Reports have claimed that the Speaker of the Commons is… Continue reading

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Wolf Hall upsets horticulturists with its ‘historical plant inaccuracies’

11 February 2015 15:53

First, Wolf Hall upset a number of members of the Catholic faith with its depiction of St Thomas More. The Bishop of Shrewsbury went so far as to claim that… Continue reading

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Assad is hoping Isis will make his regime look moderate. This is no accident

10 February 2015 11:48

Jeremy Bowen’s half-hour long interview with Bashar al-Assad is being heavily trailed by the BBC this morning.  And while it has little that is new it does provide an interesting… Continue reading

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Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the Dad's Army film alonside orginal cast member Ian Lavender

Is Ian Lavender not keeping up with who Catherine Zeta-Jones is?

4 February 2015 8:00

As the last surviving member of Dad’s Army‘s main cast, Ian Lavender will be the only actor to appear in both the BBC series and the upcoming film adaptation. Although Mr… Continue reading

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A modern-day lynching for BBC’s North America Editor Jon Sopel

3 February 2015 17:14

The news that Harper Lee has her long-awaited second novel on the way (just a casual 55 years after her one hit wonder To Kill a Mockingbird) came as a surprise to those… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

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: 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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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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