BBC

Nish Kumar is Jo Brand’s most obnoxious defender

15 June 2019 8:10

We are all aware that Jo Brand saying battery acid would be a more appropriate liquid than milkshakes to throw…

Jo Brand and the death of comedy

14 June 2019 10:38

I have celebrated John Bercow, eulogised Martin McGuinness and urged Spectator readers to vote Labour. So I appreciate I’m on thin ice…

Has the BBC gone back on its word over free TV licences?

11 June 2019 10:58

If I were a pensioner, I’d be a bit miffed by the BBC’s decision to end the policy of giving…

Scrapping free TV licences for the over-75s will cost the BBC dearly

10 June 2019 16:12

Well, that was surprising. The BBC has announced that from 2020 it will do away with free TV licences for…

Danny Baker’s tweet was wrong. But in time he should be forgiven

13 May 2019 18:46

More than two decades have passed since I worked alongside Danny Baker on the original BBC Radio 5 breakfast show. I…

The BBC’s obsession with diversity has ruined Gardeners’ Question Time

5 May 2019 17:47

There’s nothing wrong with radio continuity announcers; one is a friend of mine and he’s very sharp. But the doubts…

What David Attenborough’s climate change show didn’t tell you

20 April 2019 16:07

Given the reception that awaited Richard Madeley when he ventured last week that David Attenborough is “not a saint, just…

The real reason atheists want to be on Thought for the Day

13 November 2018 10:47

Oh God. Or maybe not. There’s a letter in the Guardian today from assorted unbelievers asserting their right to a…

What Donald Trump gets wrong about climate change

20 October 2018 9:00

Donald Trump now says of climate change: ‘I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: We need to stop the ‘Ukip-isation’ of Brexit

1 October 2018 15:19

The star of Conservative party conference so far can’t be found in the main hall. Instead, they are best spotted…

Is there any point infiltrating the Tory party?

29 August 2018 14:01

The recurring story of the summer recess – aside from allegations of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia within the main two parties…

Is the BBC scared of the transgender debate?

15 August 2018 13:30

I like the BBC. I like the idea of a national broadcaster and I like a lot of BBC output.…

The BBC’s new female panel show is patronising to women

5 August 2018 9:00

Where’s the F in News, new on Radio 4, is ‘an energetic, intelligent female-anchored show with a female panel’, according…

Blue on Blue: Nadine Dorries attacks Anna Soubry – ‘they’ve lost the plot’

17 July 2018 12:40

Oh dear. As No 10 attempt to stop more Commons rebellions today on the customs bill, relations between Tory Remain…

Gary Lineker tops the BBC pay league

11 July 2018 12:31

Whether or not England win their World Cup semi-final tonight, one thing is guaranteed: Gary Lineker has plenty to be…

No more BBC Mairs for Boris Johnson

2 July 2018 16:24

The news that Eddie Mair is departing the BBC for LBC has been met with disappointment by his former comrades.…

Dealing with Question Time’s left-wing claque

24 June 2018 9:00

The departure of David Dimbleby from Question Time is certainly sad from the point of view of the panellist. He was, in…

John Mann’s encounter with Kim Jong-il

15 June 2018 11:10

We’ve all been there. You’re at a work event, you don’t really know anyone so soon you end up talking…

Why weather apps can’t be trusted

7 June 2018 15:03

The Times reports this morning that Bournemouth business leaders are hugely annoyed with the BBC, whose weather app predicted thick…

How to fix the BBC’s Brexit bias

2 June 2018 9:00

Starbucks will close all its outlets for four working hours to train its staff out of ‘unconscious bias’, a decision…

Watch: Anna Soubry speaks for the nation on Question Time… for once

25 May 2018 12:11

These days Mr S rarely – if ever – finds himself agreeing with Anna Soubry on politics. The arch-Remainer has…

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…