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Nelson Mandela dies, aged 95

5 December 2013 22:32

Look; I’m sorry Nelson Mandela is dead. It happens quite often to people in their 90s who have been very ill, even famous people, but I’m sure that doesn’t lessen… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

James Harding’s right: the BBC must do some ‘accountability journalism’, but on the Savile scandal report

5 December 2013 12:13

Director of BBC News James Harding made a fascinating speech on Wednesday, setting out his mission statement for the Corporation’s newsroom: ‘Let’s start with holding people to account. In the offices… Continue reading

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BBC vs newspapers – who wields the power?

29 November 2013 11:00

David Yelland, a former Sun editor turned a PR director, is today giving a lecture to Hacked Off’s parent group lamenting what he sees as the absence of proper press… Continue reading

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Reverend Paul Flowers in front of the Treasury Select Committee. Image: Getty

The Paul Flowers scandal exposes the rotten heart of the Labour movement

20 November 2013 11:53

There has naturally been plenty of unfavorable comment on how the Revd Paul Flowers, the ‘crystal Methodist’, was allowed by the Financial Services Authority to become chairman of the Co-op… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The Tories should pledge to cut the BBC’s licence fee

13 November 2013 14:16

There has not been much good news out of Greece since the eurozone powers decided to crush the country, but it is heartening that the state broadcasting company, ERT, has been closed down. All such… Continue reading

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Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Should state education be abolished?

11 November 2013 14:09

These days I find myself so drifting away from the bounds of acceptable opinion that I don’t even shout at Radio 4 for being biased, because I don’t even understand… Continue reading

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Which Jeremy Paxman are you going to get these days: the clean-shaven or bearded version?

Scandal ridden BBC admits camera trickery

11 November 2013 12:53

Our Parliamentarian of the Year awards continue to makes the news. I’m reliably informed that this item in Dominic Lawson’s Mail column is the result of a jolly exchange at last… Continue reading

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John Cole: ‘An institution cherished by the viewing public’

8 November 2013 14:25

The BBC’s former political editor, John Cole, has died aged 85. As their political reporter during the Thatcher era, he covered many major stories concerning her, including the miners’ strike… Continue reading

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Indian soldiers take cover during fighting in Kashmir in September 2013. (ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Brave, non-denominational freedom fighters

4 November 2013 8:41

Those of you who wonder why the BBC is so politically correct, so craven in its expressions regarding, for example, Islamic terror, may find a partial answer here:  Stephen Whittle Director… Continue reading

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‘When Tommy met Mo’ revealed how far we have to travel before Islamism is uprooted

29 October 2013 18:40

Last night the BBC screened a documentary called ‘When Tommy met Mo’. It was good television, challenging and thought-provoking in a way that public broadcasting ought to be, is often… Continue reading

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Jack Straw Is Recalled To Give Evidence At the Iraq Inquiry

Didn’t the BBC know that Will Straw is a PPC before his dad told them?

29 October 2013 14:42

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was on today’s Daily Politics, gushing with pride that his son Will is Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat of Rossendale and Darwen in… Continue reading

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Will Laura Kuenssberg, Hugh Pym, Evan Davis, Siobhan Kennedy, Faisal Islam or Grayson Perry be the BBC's next business editor?

Kuenssberg, Pym, Yueh, Davis, Kennedy, Islam or Perry — who will be the BBC’s next business editor?

26 October 2013 15:40

My Any Other Business item this week on who’s in the frame to succeed Robert Peston as BBC business editor seems to have caused a bit of a stir. The… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

A mysterious Patten emerging

22 October 2013 18:22

Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, rarely looks thrilled when being scrutinised, but he was particularly grumpy in front of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee today.… Continue reading

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Local radio and Five Live do a much better job of reflecting the concerns and opinions of middle England than TV does. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio is more representative of middle England than TV

15 October 2013 12:45

Greetings from the 2013 Radio Festival, in Salford. I’m here to take part in a debate about whether or not radio reflects the opinions and concerns of a broad enough… Continue reading

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Contrary to what the BBC would have you believe, there is no majority in favour of reforming abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The BBC’s bias on abortion in Northern Ireland is breathtaking

12 October 2013 10:12

The establishment has a target in its sights; you can always tell from the tone of the Today programme. In this case, it’s Northern Ireland’s abortion law. The occasion is… Continue reading

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Edward Snowden and the Guardian have started a debate…in the Kremlin and Beijing

11 October 2013 15:14

I was on the Daily Politics earlier, discussing the Guardian / Snowden leaks and debating against a representative from the campaign group ‘Liberty’. The ‘Liberty’ representative kept saying what a… Continue reading

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Greg Barker: BBC gives too much coverage to climate change sceptics

9 October 2013 19:16

If you asked most people about the BBC, few people would describe it as a hotbed of scepticism about global warming. But the coverage that the BBC gives to those… Continue reading

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Tony Hall hosts BBC version of Friends Reunited

8 October 2013 12:39

Mr Steerpike was sitting in the auditorium at New Broadcasting House, waiting for Tony Hall to unveil his plans for the BBC. Lord Hall was expected to announce further cuts… Continue reading

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Tony Hall’s digital vision for the future of the BBC

8 October 2013 12:26

listen to ‘Tony Hall on the future of the BBC’ on Audioboo Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC, has just laid out his vision for the next 10… Continue reading

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The BBC is allowing Alastair Campbell to pose as a moral arbiter. Seriously.

Alastair Campbell, moral arbiter? Pull the other one.

4 October 2013 12:58

Has there been a more emetic sight than Alastair Campbell touring the radio and TV studios lecturing the world on moral probity? I can’t think of one, offhand. The BBC,… Continue reading

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The Miliband-Mail story was leading the 11am BBC News Channel bulletins.

Vultures are circling Britain’s free press. Again.

4 October 2013 11:54

My first job in journalism was with the Glasgow Herald, which then had a bar built in to the complex. I was taken under the wing of the legendary James… Continue reading

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20 years after the publication of 'Clash of Civilizations', Samuel Huntington is still upsetting complacent thinkers who marginalise religion in their analyses. (BANARAS KHAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Samuel Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ is still upsetting the complacent

2 October 2013 10:53

It is twenty years since Samuel Huntington’s essay ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ was first published in Foreign Affairs. On Monday night I took part in a discussion on BBC Radio… Continue reading

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Robbie Fowler’s simile was bad, not sexist

30 September 2013 14:40

Viewers of Saturday’s edition of Final Score on BBC 1 would have seen former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler apologising (doubtless after a prompt from the voice in his ear-piece) for using… Continue reading

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Why the BBC couldn’t see any serious problem with its huge pay-offs

13 September 2013 9:39

‘Corruption’ is a subtle word, because it describes a process rather than an event. It does not merely mean bad behaviour: it means behaviour that becomes rotten out of something… Continue reading

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Mark Thompson and Lord Patten Appear In Front Of The Select Committee Over BBC Severance Pay

Sketch: Dancing on the head of a BBC pin

10 September 2013 8:40

The BBC’s managerial superstars, past and present, arrived at the Public Accounts Select committee yesterday afternoon to answer questions about executive pay. Like a frightened flock of geese they all… Continue reading

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