BBC

The BBC gave Steve Bannon a platform – and it was fascinating

24 May 2018 13:50

If the BBC really is, as Steve Bannon says, a communications department of the global elite, they messed up badly…

Watch: Emma Barnett skewers Barry Gardiner over Brexit comments

20 May 2018 19:57

Oh dear. Although Theresa May’s divided government is currently in a state of deadlock over Brexit, the Prime Minister can…

Why the BBC weather forecasts wind me up

13 May 2018 8:30

One of George Santayana’s most famous dicta is that ‘To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state…

Watch: Martin Lewis schools Labour MP on Question Time over tuition fees

4 May 2018 16:09

In the flurry of excitement over the local elections, Chi Onwurah’s Question Time appearance has been cruelly overlooked. Happily, Mr…

Watch: Emily Thornberry booed on Question Time over Russia

20 April 2018 11:05

This week Question Time moved to Chesterfield with a panel comprised of Liz Truss, Emily Thornberry, Vince Cable, Nesrine Malik and…

BBC’s car-crash television

16 April 2018 15:37

They say the term ‘car crash TV’ is over-used these days. However, Mr S is pretty sure a case of…

Simon McCoy adds yet another BBC gaffe to his list

12 April 2018 9:50

Simon McCoy has a reputation for being the BBC’s most gaffe-prone presenter. On Wednesday, he reminded viewers why. As Jane…

When will people learn to pronounce Sajid Javid’s name properly?

8 April 2018 19:22

Earlier on this morning, Andrew Marr tried his hand at Urdu. Or was it Punjabi? In any case, he made…

Sunday shows round-up: Christopher Wylie – ‘I want a democratic mandate for Brexit’

8 April 2018 18:19

The former director of research at Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm notoriously suspended by Facebook for harvesting details of up…

Does the BBC think northerners starved under the Tories?

7 March 2018 16:45

Why does almost every BBC programme have to turn into lefty propaganda? For the past few Tuesday nights, there has…

How the MeToo movement is affecting YouToo

27 February 2018 12:57

A well-placed source told me recently that late last year the BBC pulled plans to show the Oscar-winning film American…

The good news about Gaza you won’t hear on the BBC

9 February 2018 12:54

Donald Trump’s election as US president has meant the whole notion of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ is now very…

The Today programme has become Woman’s Hour

6 February 2018 11:44

Anniversaries are very interesting, of course, but all the same I think a news programme ought to revolve around, well,…

Will the BBC go back to ignoring grooming gangs?

4 February 2018 11:41

The future of modern Britain looks set to be an unusually complicated affair. Take just one piece of news that…

What the BBC won’t tell you about the leaked Brexit forecasts

30 January 2018 9:24

The leaked government Brexit forecasts have this morning been reported by the BBC just as its leakers intended: as embarrassing…

Carrie Gracie’s first-world problem

13 January 2018 8:30

Carrie Gracie is more or less in the right, but I did laugh out loud when I heard her, on…

Watch: Question Time audience member calls out Labour hypocrisy over Toby Young

12 January 2018 8:59

This week Question Time moved to Islington. David Dimbleby chaired a panel comprised of Dominic Raab, Labour’s Dawn Butler, Gina Miller,…

Equal pay matters – that’s why I have resigned as BBC China Editor

7 January 2018 20:33

I have been a BBC journalist for three decades. With great regret, I have left my post as China Editor…

Spotted: a right-wing comedian on the BBC

6 January 2018 19:29

I just exulted to my wife that Simon Evans had been on Radio Four’s The News Quiz. He’s a very…

Grauniad reviews organised crime drama: ‘shades of Brexit’

3 January 2018 12:18

Although we’re only three days into 2018, the Guardian has put in an early contender for the coveted title of…

The BBC’s religious programming shake-up could easily make things worse

21 December 2017 13:49

So the BBC resolves to improve its treatment of religion, to take it more seriously as a major force in…

Emily Thornberry fails the socialism test

17 November 2017 14:10

Oh dear. After a fortnight of government shambles, Jeremy Corbyn can enjoy the weekend safe in the knowledge that his…

The Spectator Podcast: Save the children!

26 October 2017 15:26

On this week’s episode we look at whether the kids are alright or if we need to talk about their…

The BBC’s self-absorption has obscured Justin Welby’s real message

30 September 2017 16:51

You have to try really hard to get any idea of what the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby actually said…

What the threat to Laura Kuenssberg says about the country we live in

25 September 2017 12:35

For perfectly understandable reasons, neither she nor her employers want to talk about it, but the fact that Laura Kuenssberg…