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Sebastian Coe - in the running for Chairman of the BBC Trust? (Image: Getty)

Is Lord Coe the ‘suitable candidate’ for the BBC Trust?

23 June 2014 13:24

Applications to become Chairman of the BBC Trust close on Friday. Plenty of noise was made early on the race about the need for a totally committed successor, after Chris… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman’s last Newsnight made me want to be sick

19 June 2014 14:12

Did you not threaten to overrule him, Paxman? Did you not threaten to overrule your editor when he told you that he was going to let you finish your career… Continue reading

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We need to know much more about ISIS’s ‘British’ jihadists

19 June 2014 13:15

The social media exchanges of British jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as just revealed, are perfectly riveting, don’t you think? Fancy worrying about things like where to leave your luggage… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman’s greatest hits

18 June 2014 13:34

Farewell then, Jeremy Paxman. The veteran broadcaster bows out of Newsnight tonight. Mr S has compiled his favourite Paxo moments: The infamous Michael Howard interview is foremost in the extensive… Continue reading

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The BBC’s music strategy is a shambles

17 June 2014 16:14

Tony Hall made some terrible music announcements yesterday. They come hot on the heels of some terrible arts announcements he made a few months ago. Among the most lousy is… Continue reading

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'Can we suffer Phil Neville’s mogadon monotone drawl for much longer?' Asks Rod Liddle.

World Cup diary: I can’t take much more of the BBC’s coverage

15 June 2014 22:20

It takes quite a lot for me to feel even mildly sympathetic towards the French, but they had my support against the semi-reformed death squad of Honduras. One should not… Continue reading

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Author Robert Peston With Political Book 'Brown's Britain'

Pesto’s got it: the BBC is too right-wing, obviously

9 June 2014 9:35

At last, someone has put their finger on the problem, got right down to the real nub of the issue. In an interview, the BBC’s Economics Editor Robert Peston, in… Continue reading

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Cloister Pic. 2 - With Kenneth Clark

Was Kenneth Clark wrong not to ‘understand’ the value of abstract art?

6 June 2014 13:58

Kenneth Clark’s view of culture may by now be ‘outmoded’, but I was surprised to read that it was also ‘narrow’. An exhibition at Tate Britain about Clark’s influence, Looking for… Continue reading

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Relatives pictured transporting the body of Farzana Iqbal, who was stoned to death by members of her own family. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Farzana Iqbal was murdered by Muslims applying ‘sharia’. Why does the BBC not report these facts?

29 May 2014 9:14

Farzana Iqbal, aged 25, was stoned to death by members of her family in broad daylight on the steps of a courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan, because she had married a… Continue reading

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Mark Ferguson facing off against Cynthia Rahming on the BBC's Queen's Baton Relay

Now the BBC is censoring the word ‘girl’ – it really is in a different world

25 May 2014 18:03

It’s beyond parody, isn’t it? Mark Beaumont, a BBC presenter, has made a documentary about the Commonwealth Games and during the course of it he was filmed grappling with a judo… Continue reading

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I’ve had it with the insufferable London elite. Have you?

22 May 2014 23:25

‘I’ve had it with these people. They are so smug; they think they know everything and they know nothing. They want a good kick in the face.’ So said a… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Why should the licence fee payer fund the BBC’s cultural imperialism?

22 May 2014 17:45

Picture the scene. BBC executives convene in a glass think pod in Salford to consider the latest expensive external report commissioned by Director of News James Harding. The report states… Continue reading

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Pippa Funnell riding Redesigned at the Badminton Horse Trials on May 9, 2014. Image: Getty

If you’re after equality, don’t show women’s football. Show Badminton.

10 May 2014 10:40

Over the next two days, one of the most important events in the British sporting calendar takes place. No, not the final day of the Premier League season. Badminton Horse… Continue reading

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Good Morning Britain: news, sport, showbiz and blithering nonsense

28 April 2014 17:15

Some of the greatest minds of our generation have struggled to get to grips with the thorny conundrum of breakfast television. Should it be fluffy, should it be tough, should… Continue reading

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Russell Brand Performs In Frankfurt

Russell Brand cannot let BBC row slide

24 April 2014 11:00

Russell Brand won’t let go of his row with the BBC. He popped up as the mystery guest at Letters Live (a spin off from the wonderful Twitter account @LettersOfNote,… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman

Paxo turns fire on the Beeb

16 April 2014 18:02

Is Mr Steerpike alone in thinking that Jeremy Paxman can’t be bothered anymore? First there was his wet rag interview with the ‘Chrystal Methodist’ Paul Flowers, the former Co-op chairman.… Continue reading

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The major parties don’t get UKIP, and neither does the BBC

3 April 2014 9:35

So, in the second debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg the UKIP leader won by 69% to 31%, according to the post-debate polls. That, you would think, should be… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

FGM is a shaming indictment of multiculturalism and mass-immigration

25 March 2014 15:05

A number of interesting things have happened recently: The Law Society has provided legal guidance to ensure that Muslims in Britain can have their wills judged according to Sharia. BBC… Continue reading

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Tony Hall, the BBC director-general

Tony Hall’s new vision for BBC Arts: waffle, stale buns and chief execs

25 March 2014 13:48

I can’t remember the last time I turned to the BBC for cultural guidance. That’s not to say that the BBC doesn’t provide an extremely valuable public service on the… Continue reading

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Silk vs The Good Wife

24 March 2014 17:40

American TV drama trumps British TV drama – it’s a well-worn but unfair cliché. It’s not that British drama is necessarily bad – some of it is very good –… Continue reading

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Duncan Weldon, Newnight's Economics Correspondent, admits that he had a teenage 'flirtation' with the early politics of Oswald Mosley.

Newsnight of the long knives

21 March 2014 14:19

The controversy over the appointment of TUC economist Duncan Weldon as Newsnight’s economics correspondent has taken a surreal twist. The former Labour Party adviser appears to have used his blog to deaden the impact of a… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

20 March 2014 17:39

Just to ring the changes, I’ve written about the BBC and political correctness for the mag this week. Yeah, yeah, I know – you haven’t heard enough about that subject.… Continue reading

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The W1A team

First look at the BBC’s BBC mockumentary W1A

20 March 2014 0:05

So, OK, here’s the thing with W1A: it’s just as brilliant as 2012. So that’s all good. By which I mean the two most memorable characters from the BBC’s Olympics mockumentary –… Continue reading

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Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg, Kaiser Wilhelm II and General Moltke depicted in 37 Days (Picture: BBC)

The BBC’s march to war

18 March 2014 9:23

Perhaps we are growing war-weary – weary, that is, of the gathering storm of World War One documentaries on the BBC. There have been so many, not just Max Hastings… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Owen Jones: ‘the BBC is stacked full of right wingers’

17 March 2014 13:08

Owen Jones has denied that Newsnight’s appointment of former Labour adviser and TUC official Duncan Weldon as economics correspondent is more evidence of ‘left wing bias’ at the BBC. On… Continue reading

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