The new BBC DG Tony Hall. Photo: Getty/Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg News

Tony Hall appointed Director General of the BBC

22 November 2012 12:04

It seems that Lord Patten has been reading the Spectator: Lord Hall, the BBC’s former director of news and the man who revolutionised the Royal Opera House, has been appointed Director General… Continue reading

Shirley Williams spread lies about Israel and Gaza with impunity. Image: Getty.

Bigotry on the Beeb

19 November 2012 9:57

I have only just caught up on the latest episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’. In that programme, from All Saints Church in Somerset, a Mr Stephen Bedford asked… Continue reading

McAlpine says he is still 'in shock' over abuse claims. Photo: PA.

Lord McAlpine speaks out

15 November 2012 13:38

Lord McAlpine has just given an incredibly moving interview to BBC Radio 4′s World at One. He talks about how the false accusations affected him. He said, ‘It gets into… Continue reading

John Prescott is one of the few celebrities to be standing in tomorrow's PCC elections. The other candidates are ordinary members of the public with an interest in their communities. Image: Getty

Who are the BBC to question the legitimacy of Police & Crime Commissioners?

14 November 2012 18:07

What’s the test of success of the Police & Crime Commissioners policy? It is, surely, whether the 41 individuals who will be elected tomorrow succeed in cutting crime and antisocial… Continue reading

Oxford students call on Lord Patten to devote sufficient time to being Chancellor of Oxford University during the BBC crisis. Image: Getty.

Oxford students: Chris Patten needs to devote time to being our Chancellor

14 November 2012 15:54

As students at Oxford University, we are told repeatedly by tutors, proctors, and the Chancellor himself that we’re not allowed to do much outside our degree. We cannot do more… Continue reading

Priceless. Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law, Matthew Freud, is advising the BBC's interim chief, Tim Davie. Image: Getty.

Murdoch’s son-in-law advising the new BBC chief

13 November 2012 20:46

You have to hand it to Rupert Murdoch. The BBC is in turmoil and now being led by Tim Davie, its former audio and music chief whose journalistic experience does… Continue reading

Unlocked: the BBC's policy makers. Photo: Getty Images.

Revealed: who decides the BBC’s climate change policy

13 November 2012 13:04

Just when you thought the BBC had no more scandals, Guido Fawkes has revealed what the Beeb tried very hard to cover up: the 28 mysterious individuals who have been… Continue reading

Theresa May is expected to give a defiant statement to the House after Abu Qatada evaded deportation again. Image: Getty

Abu Qatada evades deportation, again

12 November 2012 13:39

On any normal day, the fact that Abu Qatada has won his appeal against deportation would be a major news story. But today it has been pushed down the running… Continue reading

Abu Qatada smiles as he evades deportation once again in April 2012. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

The BBC saga distracts from Abu Qatada deportation and bail decision

12 November 2012 13:20

The decision to award George Entwistle a £1.3 million payoff appears, as my colleague Rod Liddle notes, to have misjudged the public mood (and indeed the mood of the majority… Continue reading

George Entwistle's payoff is another example of how distant BBC management is from viewers and junior staff. Image: Getty

George Entwistle’s parting gift

12 November 2012 9:50

Have to say, I wish I’d got a year’s salary plus pension when I made an, er, dignified resignation from the BBC. The outgoing DG, George Entwistle, will receive an… Continue reading

The BBC is in complete chaos this morning. Image: Getty

Chaos at the BBC

12 November 2012 9:13

The BBC crisis continues to dominate the airwaves. George Entwistle’s £1.3 million payoff has set outraged tongues wagging. Tim Montgomerie has collected the furious comments made by several Tory MPs.… Continue reading

The other side of the BBC. As a taxpayer funded organisation, it must remain open about its operations. Photo: Getty Images.

Another BBC scandal: hiding their climate change agenda

11 November 2012 13:53

While the BBC struggles to deal with its recent bout of self-proclaimed ‘shoddy journalism’, there’s another ethical scandal simmering away. The simple question of ‘who decides how the BBC covers climate change’… Continue reading

Everyone's shooting the BBC. Amusing, maybe, but we may come to regret it.

A crisis, yes. But let’s not all shoot the BBC.

11 November 2012 10:51

I have just returned from two hours of broadcasting on the BBC World Service. It is an odd time to be inside the BBC, not least because reporters from the… Continue reading

Chris Patten gave a strong performance on the Andrew Marr Show, demonstrating that he had a grip on the crisis. Image: Getty.

Chris Patten claims he has a ‘grip’ on the BBC’s crisis

11 November 2012 10:23

Chris Patten has just appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to discuss the resignation of George Entwistle and to evaluate its fallout. Patten conceded that the BBC is mired in… Continue reading

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Now that George Entwistle has quit, the BBC needs an outsider

10 November 2012 22:07

After just 54 days in the job, George Entwistle has quit as BBC director general. In a career-ending interview with John Humphrys this morning, Entwistle admitted that he didn’t know… Continue reading

BBC Director General George Entwistle Faces Select Committee Over Jimmy Savile Scandal

BBC in turmoil as George Entwistle quits as director-general

10 November 2012 22:03

After his Today Programme interview this morning, it seemed almost inevitable that George Entwistle would have to resign as director general of the BBC and this evening, in a dignified… Continue reading

George Entwistle has said that Newsnight will not be wound up after the latest round of scandal, but can it really survive? Image: Getty.

The end of the road for Newsnight?

10 November 2012 11:56

Oddly enough, re the latest Newsnight/BBC debacle, Esther Rantzen got it right. She was talking on Newsnight. She made the point that her old programme That’s Life regularly did investigative… Continue reading

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US election 2012: the broadcast election

7 November 2012 7:31

One product of the modern communications age is that we can all follow what US outlets and Twitter are saying while watching the BBC coverage’s of the US elections. This… Continue reading

Is there any proper need to wear a poppy before 1st November? Image: Getty.

The politics of poppies

1 November 2012 13:40

The politics of poppy-wearing shift slightly each year. The unofficial rule used to be that poppy-wearing began at the start of November. In recent years this has crept forward further… Continue reading

Are we really going to chase down every celebrity who might have misbehaved 40 years ago? Image: Getty

Chasing Jimmy Savile’s chums

29 October 2012 18:15

And still it goes on and on. Apparently Jimmy Savile was banned from Children In Need because it was thought he was a bit creepy. Did he try to touch… Continue reading

Everyone's shooting the BBC. Amusing, maybe, but we may come to regret it.

The View from 22 — BBC in crisis, a Major problem for the Conservatives and Lost in Europe

25 October 2012 9:39

What is going to happen next with the BBC Jimmy Salvile saga? In this week’s magazine cover, Rod Liddle blames institutional problems within the organisation and predicts there will be… Continue reading

George Entwistle's unimpressive performance before the DCMS Committee was another self-inflicted wound for the BBC. Image: Getty

The Beeb’s self-inflicted wound

24 October 2012 9:46

And so the Savile stuff rumbles on with George Entwistle’s singularly unimpressive performance before the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. It still seems to me that the… Continue reading

George Entwistle was mobbed as he left Westminster after questioning from the Culture, Media and Sport select committee. Photo: Getty Images.

George Entwistle’s quietly savage attack on Newsnight editor Peter Rippon

23 October 2012 13:25

George Entwistle seemed rather mild-mannered at his first appearance before the Culture, Media and Sport select committee this morning. But after listening to him for two hours, MPs were starting… Continue reading

BBC director general George Entwistle leaves his home this morning ahead of a Commons select committee hearing on the Jimmy Savile scandal. Picture: Getty

Five questions for George Entwistle about Jimmy Savile

23 October 2012 9:22

George Entwistle is appearing before a select committee for the first time this morning. It won’t be a gentle start for the new BBC Director General, though. He is giving… Continue reading

Would any media organisation but the BBC have allowed journalistic enquiry into itself? Image: Getty.

The BBC regains its honour

23 October 2012 9:02

I hope that the entire editorial staffs of the Times, Sunday Times, Sun, Mail, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph (oh and the Express newspapers if they are still… Continue reading