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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The BBC can't have it both ways on Jimmy Savile. Image: Getty

The BBC can’t fix it like this

23 October 2012 0:11

The BBC management cannot have it both ways. They cannot simultaneously insist that the decision to drop the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile was made by the editor of the… Continue reading

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The BBC is following Rod Liddle's advice by broadcasting only about its manifest incompetence. Image: Getty.

Preposterously, the BBC has taken my advice

15 October 2012 9:43

I may sue for plagiarism. In my failed bid to become Director General of the BBC I suggested that the corporation should henceforth cover no news stories, nor commission any… Continue reading

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The BBC's Today programme failed to recognise the Iraq War story for what it was. Image: Getty.

Iraq and the BBC revisited

1 October 2012 10:12

Just finished reading a book by Kevin Marsh, the editor of the Today programme at the time of the whole Gilligan-Campbell-Kelly business which saw the director general of the BBC… Continue reading

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Citizen Khan says absolutely nothing new

3 September 2012 18:55

I took the opportunity yesterday to catch up with the BBC’s new comedy ‘Citizen Khan’. Focusing on a Muslim family based in my hometown of Birmingham, it lampoons the trials… Continue reading

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Jeremy Vine’s survival guide

29 August 2012 18:34

I first knew Jeremy Vine as a very young, charming, earnest and totally driven political correspondent for the BBC in the 1980s. So when I started reading It’s All News… Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch at a photo call for the adaptation of Parade's End that aired last year. (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hamlet of the trenches: Parade’s End reviewed

24 August 2012 16:56

Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End is being republished as well as adapted for the screen by the BBC.  I first discovered the tetralogy when, in an attempt to improve my… Continue reading

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The skewed priorities of the BBC’s abortion investigation story

14 July 2012 17:30

Did anyone else notice anything weird about the BBC’s coverage of the story last week about the 14 NHS trusts that a government health watchdog found to be breaking the… Continue reading

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My advice to the BBC’s new DG

4 July 2012 11:45

The job of George Entwistle, the new Director General of the BBC, will be to manage a gentle decline, rather than hurtling with great enthusiasm towards a state of inexistence.… Continue reading

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Transcript: IDS on Today

25 June 2012 12:15

Iain Duncan Smith appeared on the Today programme this morning. In a heated interview with Evan Davis, the work and pensions secretary was interrogated about David Cameron’s radical welfare proposals.… Continue reading

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A final word on the BBC’s Jubilee

9 June 2012 21:45

A very lively and enjoyable Any Questions last night from the beautiful town of Aldborough in North Yorkshire. The question which seemed to bring out perhaps the most passion from… Continue reading

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Tune in tonight

8 June 2012 14:15

I thought Spectator readers may like to know that I will be one of the panellists on BBC Radio 4′s ‘Any Questions’ tonight at 20.00. The programme is coming from… Continue reading

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Why the Jubilee Coverage was so bad

6 June 2012 10:45

One of my objections to monarchy is that it is a vulgar institution that encourages verbosity, prurience, sycophancy and banality. I was not therefore surprised that the BBC’s jubilee coverage… Continue reading

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Was the BBC’s Jubilee coverage terrible?

4 June 2012 15:15

Was the BBC’s coverage of the Jubilee celebrations really as awful as all the papers seem to say it was? I’ve always rather liked Sophie Raworth, yet she and her… Continue reading

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