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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…

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.…