BBC

The plot to stop James Purnell becoming director-general of the BBC

22 January 2020 13:25

In case you were in any doubt, the Prime Minister and his chief aide, Dominic Cummings, more than give a…

Why did Tony Hall step down as BBC director-general?

20 January 2020 12:09

Tony Hall is stepping down as BBC director general of the BBC this summer, but I’m not sure his departure…

BBC’s A Christmas Carol was the victim of tub-thumping lefty politics

26 December 2019 16:19

‘People trust us,’ claimed Lord Hall, recently. But like a lot of what you hear from the BBC these days…

Labour, Question Time and the cult of youth

9 December 2019 18:00

When’s the Question Time for over-60s, then? Or maybe even over-75s? After all, elderly people face specific social problems: pension…

Boris is right: it’s time to scrap the BBC licence fee

9 December 2019 17:37

Has Boris decided this election is in the bag? I ask because this afternoon he’s made just about the first…

Live blog: Boris vs Corbyn’s BBC clash

6 December 2019 20:26

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clashed in a head-to-head in tonight’s live BBC debate. The two leaders faced off in…

Will the BBC hang tough in negotiations over the Boris Johnson interview?

28 November 2019 22:40

So, will Boris Johnson sit down for an interview with Andrew Neil? Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon have done theirs…

I didn’t ‘ambush’ Douglas Murray

1 November 2019 17:11

Douglas Murray was not ‘ambushed’ by me on the Today programme. Nor was he called out. Nor was he misquoted. …

How I was ambushed by Nick Robinson

31 October 2019 14:26

Ah, the BBC. There’s really nothing like it is there? This morning I had the pleasure of appearing on BBC…

The BBC’s paranoia about causing offence has reached a new high

8 October 2019 10:26

If the Naga Munchetty fiasco wasn’t cause for enough embarrassment for the BBC, an apparent attempt to censor a script…

The BBC’s Brexit coverage is a disgrace

6 October 2019 8:00

Lord Patten, rejected by voters 27 years ago, is the embodiment of a smug un-elected elite. As former chairman of…

Yes, Trump’s tweet was racist. But BBC rules stop presenters saying so

30 September 2019 9:41

All of the following things are true. Naga Munchetty, co-host of BBC Breakfast, is a very good TV journalist, one…

The BBC’s latest attack on Netflix is galling

16 September 2019 14:32

Lord Hall of Birkenhead is feeling pretty bullish about the quality of the organisation he leads. “We’re not Netflix, we’re…

Hunt’s Cabinet job refusal presents Boris with a dilemma

24 July 2019 10:28

There are high expectations among Tory MPs today for Boris Johnson’s Cabinet appointments. The problem? He has more supporters who…

The complaints are piling up at the BBC after my Newsnight appearance

16 July 2019 12:27

For those of you who were not watching, if you have the time, take a look at the interview I…

Jeremy Hunt’s BBC interview highlights his inconsistencies on Brexit

12 July 2019 20:06

With less than a fortnight to go before voting for the Tory leadership contest closes, few believe Jeremy Hunt is…

Is the BBC’s salary splurge really a triumph for feminism?

2 July 2019 13:13

What a great triumph for feminism – three of the BBC’s ten highest-paid presenters are now women, compared with none…

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…