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Savile report: Culture of fear at BBC worse today than in Jimmy Savile’s day

21 January 2016 7:24

Dame Janet Smith’s draft report into Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse at the BBC has leaked to ExaroNews, and her words are…


Guardian’s Nick Watt lined up for Newsnight role

19 January 2016 12:20

The Guardian set tongues wagging across Westminster in December when its editor Katharine Viner appointed two women to share the…

The last time the public chose the UK entry, this happened: Jemini at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga. Photo: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Public will now choose UK’s Eurovision entry – but should we trust the BBC with the shortlist?

19 January 2016 11:10

For almost two decades, Britain has failed dismally at Eurovision – and deservedly. Our entries have been so bad as…


Labour’s war with the BBC wages on: ‘Marr’s Corbyn interview was a disgrace’

18 January 2016 9:20

Jeremy Corbyn’s interview on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday saw the Labour leader wax lyrical on the virtues of Trident…

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Labour complains about shadow minister’s resignation on BBC

8 January 2016 19:24

The Labour party has this evening complained about the BBC arranging for Stephen Doughty to announce his resignation on the…


Laura Kuenssberg gets Corbynistas in a spin over reshuffle scoop

8 January 2016 9:55

In recent months brains at the BBC have undertaken a number of steps to tackle ‘anti-Corbyn bias’ head on at the corporation. After the Beeb’s…

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BBC execs fail to see the funny side of Dame Edna’s Jeremy Corbyn joke

5 January 2016 9:30

Oh dear. After Nick Robinson declared that he was on a mission to tackle anti-Corbyn bias in the BBC’s political coverage, it…

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‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude

28 December 2015 21:09

We’re closing 2015 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No10: Douglas Murray’s piece about Islam and violence, first…


Is John Humphrys turning into a ‘patronising old duffer’?

22 December 2015 11:57

This morning Today show presenters Justin Webb and John Humphrys found themselves under fire after they listed the guest editors that…

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Spectator books of the year: Wynn Wheldon enjoys a new history of the BBC

13 December 2015 15:00

A long time ago the novelist Marghanita Laski opined that the BBC had been the greatest single influence for good…

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Donald Trump represents the views of millions of Americans. Does the BBC not realise this?

8 December 2015 10:30

If you saw the BBC Ten O’Clock News last night you will have witnessed Nick Bryant’s dispassionate, even-handed treatment of…

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Alan Yentob’s ‘resignation’ only makes him less accountable

7 December 2015 13:02

The BBC’s spin doctors will be broadly happy at the coverage Alan Yentob’s ‘resignation’ as BBC Creative Director has generated,…

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Alan Yentob steps down as BBC creative director (but keeps his £150,000 TV gig)

3 December 2015 12:27

Alan Yentob has dramatically quit his £183,300 per year creative director role at the BBC. Today’s decision comes after Yentob became the…

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While ‘Daesh’ prepare to fight, MPs debate how to hurt their feelings

2 December 2015 14:00

Today in the Commons the Tory backbencher Rehman Chishti asked: “Will the Prime Minister join me in urging the BBC…


Staff evacuated from BBC headquarters over suspicious vehicle

1 December 2015 15:19

Staff at the BBC have been evacuated from the Broadcasting House Piazza after a suspicious vehicle was sighted nearby. Newsnight‘s…


I’ve changed my mind about where we should bomb…

30 November 2015 18:37

Just back after a few weeks away in the north east – thought I’d share this with you. I wrote…


Revealed: Newsnight’s No.10 security breach

27 November 2015 12:27

Newsnight producers are currently facing fresh woe over rumoured plans at the BBC to extend the News at Ten slot so…


C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas le journalisme

23 November 2015 14:16

Andrew Neil is the best political interviewer in Britain. I am not just saying that because he is so high…


Did the BBC really need to deploy Huw Edwards to Paris?

20 November 2015 9:00

On Saturday morning, I watched BBC rolling news about the Paris atrocities. Then I spent the day hunting and switched…


On Question Time, will someone please ask Mehdi Hasan about his views on infidels?

19 November 2015 16:22

Various readers have been asking if I am doing Question Time, This Week or Any Questions this week. It’s not…


Listen: Is the BBC a national treasure? With Melvyn Bragg, James Purnell and Rachel Johnson

19 November 2015 14:15

Last night Spectator Events hosted a discussion at Church House, Westminster about whether the BBC really is a national treasure. Speakers included…

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Nobody will ever forgive the right if they destroy the BBC

18 November 2015 12:49

Nowhere does the right show its isolation from its own country more vividly than when it demands the destruction of the…


James Naughtie’s swear gaffe sends the BBC into a tizzy

16 November 2015 15:52

This morning Nick Robinson made his debut as a presenter on the Today show. However, it was Robinson’s co-presenter James…


The Uber generation won’t stand for the BBC – but it’s still a national treasure

13 November 2015 18:05

Watching the increasingly bleak and depressing Peep Show the other night I was pleased to note that my on-screen alter…

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Drones get the job done, as Jihadi John may have just discovered

13 November 2015 10:21

Excellent news, if it is confirmed, that Mohammed Emwazi – aka ‘Jihadi John’ – has discovered the hard way that…