Speaking to Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking podcast this week, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan hinted that substantial reform for the national broadcaster might be just around the corner. Morgan said that the funding of the BBC is an issue that increasingly comes up on the doorstep: “why do I pay my licence fee, I don’t watch […]
Blame the press, insult the voters you lost at the election – it’s not the surest route back to power…
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Guido’s victory today in prising open the Lobby cartel now allows the daily No. 10 Press Briefing to be reported in real-time. Whilst it is far from the last reform Guido wants to see, it enables Guido to democratise proceedings by involving the people who make the site what it is – our co-conspirators. Much like […]
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In an impassioned Twitter thread, Victoria Derbyshire responded to the BBC’s confirmation that her programme is to be taken off air later this year. This follows her defiant stance on air this morning… “Absolutely devastated at the plan to end our programme (which I first learned about in yesterday’s Times). I’m unbelievably proud of what […]
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Over the last year, politics in Teesside has been completely uprooted. Labour has lost control of Darlington, Stockton and Hartlepool council, lost the Middlesbrough mayoralty, lost half their seats in Redcar and lost their majority on Middlesbrough council; in the General Election, the Tories beat Labour’s regional votes by over 10,000. Going well for Labour […]
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The Lobby Chairman Christopher Hope has just announced to hacks in the room that live tweeting from Downing Street press briefings will now be permitted. All the disingenuous arguments about why the briefing could not possibly be reported in realtime have been blown away. An incredible U-turn – White House-style live streaming video of the […]
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Political publisher Dods said earlier today that its earnings would decline year-on-year yet again. Earnings are expected to fall 20% to £2.8 million from £3.5 million the year before. Presswell lasted 17 months as CEO before falling on sword. Dods blamed uncertainty and the election for the poor performance. Guido expects to have a bumper […]
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The Times’ Matt Chorley found himself in a scrap with Rebecca Long-Bailey spinner Matt Zarb Cousin this morning when pointing out that Long-Bailey conducted an interview in which she tried to distance herself from Corbyn… inside one of Corbyn’s office rooms. Zarb-Cousin tried to hit back with what looks like a denial… However, as with […]
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The Lobby did not take kindly to Guido’s transparency initiative today, as one-by-one, establishment media hacks erupted into a cacophony of complaints that their cartel is being chipped away. All in a day’s work… Urgent clarification was sought from half-a-dozen establishment journalists over whether the Number 10 briefing was only for their lobby or not. The […]
Guido’s looking forward to shortly making his way over to Downing Street for another 11 O’Clock government press briefing. Yesterday there was outrage from the Lobby cartel when – purely in the public interest and transparency the Lobby purports to serve – Guido live-tweeted the contents of the meeting. Resulting in a telling off from […]
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Justice Secretary Robert Buckland had the pleasure of being the first ministerial guest on Kay Burley’s breakfast show since James Cleverly was empty chaired by her during the election campaign. Keen to heal the rift, when Burley’s teleprompter wrongly called Buckland the ‘Shadow Justice Secretary’ she was a little overzealous in what should happen to those […]
Guido got a complaint in writing from the Chairman of the Lobby this morning after the PM Spokesman’s government briefing in 9 Downing Street. We live-tweeted comments as they happened, as we have whenever we choose to attend. Mistakenly the Lobby still think they are monopoly gatekeepers. Here’s our reply: Christopher Hope Lobby Chairman Dear […]
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This morning’s abrupt announcement that Tony Hall is to step down as Director-General of the BBC has sent succession speculation into overdrive. As ever, Guido brings you the runners and riders for the perhaps appropriately communist-sounding job title… Charlotte Moore Currently the Beeb’s Director of Content, and a former Controller of BBC One, Moore has […]
Lord Hall has written to all BBC staff to explain his abrupt decision to step down from his role as BBC Director-General this summer. He wants the same person to be able to lead the corporations’ 2022 review as will see through the 2027 charter renewal. Read his letter in full here… Dear colleagues, First […]
Battle waged between female media giants this morning on Twitter as Julia Hartley-Brewer called out Kay Burley’s hypocrisy when Lisa Nandy pulled out of an interview on her show. Julia was surprised Nandy didn’t get the same treatment subjected to James Cleverly during the election. And yet she didn’t “empty chair” her. https://t.co/Qm1sfixZxY — Julia […]
The media are still fighting No. 10’s reforms to the archaic Lobby system, desperate to come up with excuses to keep their cosy club as they’ve always liked it. Today the Society of Editors published a “call on PM to review lobby changes”. Not quite the ‘war’ the Lobby were promising… Their letter raises three […]
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BBC Afternoon Live presenter Martine Croxall managed to smoothly work her way out of a tricky tech situation in the two o’clock headlines. Well worth a watch…
Hat-tip: Julian Druker
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The gentlemen of the Lobby are as thin-skinned and status conscious as a gaggle of gay hairdressers on a night out, currently they are up in arms about Downing Street insisting that their briefings be held at their offices. Usually ebullient Lobby chairman Christopher Hope is complaining that they now have to nip across Parliament […]
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The Government’s decision to move No. 10 Press Briefings from Parliament to Downing Street has continued to rile the Lobby. After two days of briefings and a meeting this morning, the Lobby’s Chairman Chris Hope has written to Number 10 Director of Communications, Lee Cain, to set out the position of his members. Hope’s message […]
Former Dover MP Charlie Elphicke has initiated court proceedings against the Sunday Times over articles they published around April, launching a libel case against the paper over the stories of alleged sex crimes that caused him to lose the whip, and ultimately losing his seat. Elphicke claims the words the Sunday Times used implied he […]
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Whilst today’s Downing Street press briefing consisted mostly of questions over Iran, one brave hack decided to break away and ask whether Number 10 was going to support Brexiteer MPs’ Brexit Bill amendment for Big Ben to bong at 11pm on the 31st to symbolise finally Brexiting. The PM’s spokesperson not only didn’t deny supporting […]
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First day back at school for the Westminster press pack meant a new classroom. Namely, the changes brought in by Dominic Cummings in the so-called ‘war’ between No. 10 and the Lobby, which saw the Downing Street briefing session moved from the usual venue into the heart of Downing Street. Downing Street’s estimation of the […]
In his final Golden Globe hosting gig, Gervais returned to form, shocking celebrities. His final line was a plea to left-wing actors not to use their acceptance speech to make a political statement. Not that the luvvies took much notice… Turns out Gervais was pretty spot on when saying “Nobody cares about your views on […]
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While Cummings’s blog post last night focussed on the impending shake-up of employment in Whitehall, Guido also learns of big reforms to the way for Lobby-Downing Street relations, including changes to the venue Lobby briefings happen and the ability to bring in advisers to talk to hacks rather than just the official spokespeople. The lobby […]
Sky just ran a breaking bulletin saying Jess Phillips is about to run for party leader, with Tamara Cohen Tweeting “Jess Phillips will announce her leadership bid tonight, I understand.” Her ‘understanding’, of course, coming f…
Buzzfeed has never made a profit in 13 years, after being in business that long it is hard to claim you are still a start-up, or as they put it in a statement accompanying the late filing of the UK subsidiary’s annual accounts “still in investment mode”. Which is another way of saying “still losing […]
October was a big month for MediaGuido, however our most read story ventured well away from our traditional political base and instead turned to the world of sports, when Guido revealed exclusive photos of Ben Stokes choking his wife, having to pick up considerable slack from the unwilling sports journalists who had been refusing to […]
Recess may have been in full swing and Westminster deserted by MPs, but that didn’t stop readers flocking to keep up to date with the most important stories of the day; namely to the stories that a couple chose to film a hard Brexit porno in front of Parliament, and ‘EU supergirl’ Madeleina Kay’s inter-railing holiday was […]
Despite losing her Redcar seat last week, Anna Turley’s fortunes have brightened today after emerging victorious from her high court libel fight with Skwawkbox and being awarded £75,000 in damages. Withhold your laughter… The case in question surrounded a blog post on the site in 2017 containing a press statement from Unite, which gave the impression she had been […]
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Those who do not trust the BBC to tell the truth now outnumber those who do, according to new polling by YouGov. Those saying they trust BBC News journalists “a great deal” or “a fair amount” has fallen from 51% to 44%, whilst the proportion of Brits with “not much” or no trust at all […]