Nicky Morgan Hints at BBC Licence Fee Reform

24 Jan

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 […]

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Guido Wants Your Questions for Tomorrow’s People’s Press Briefing

23 Jan

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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Victoria Derbyshire Learned Her Show Was Being Axed From Yesterday’s Times Article

23 Jan

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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Labour’s Tees Mayoral Candidate Refuses to Answer Question on Election Performance

23 Jan

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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Guido Victory: Lobby Chairman Tears Up Cartel’s Rulebook

23 Jan

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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Dods CEO Simon Presswell Steps Down With Immediate Effect

22 Jan

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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Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Zarb versus Chorley

22 Jan

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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Number 10 Press Briefing Descends Into Chaos

21 Jan

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 […]

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What Readers Think of Live-Tweeting Downing Street Briefings

21 Jan

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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Kay’s Capital Punishment for on Camera Cock-Up

21 Jan

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 […]

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Cartel Attempts to Enforce Anti-Competitive Rules, Guido Tells Lobby No Regulatory Alignment

20 Jan

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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BBC Director General Runners and Riders

20 Jan

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 […]

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Read In Full: Tony Hall’s Resignation Letter

20 Jan

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 […]

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Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week

14 Jan

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 […]

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Editors Still Grumpy About No. 10’s Briefing Reforms

13 Jan

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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Live Stream the ‘People’s Briefings’ from Downing Street

9 Jan

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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Elphicke Initiates Court Proceedings Against Sunday Times

7 Jan

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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No. 10 Refuse to Deny Official Brexit Celebration Plans

6 Jan

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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Gervais Tells Left-Wing Celebrities to Stop Preaching

6 Jan

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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Cummings Declares War on the Lobby

3 Jan

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 […]

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Why Buzzfeed Doesn’t Make Money

3 Jan

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 […]

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October: Boris Bowls Over the Doomsters

1 Jan

  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 […]

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August: Randy Recess

1 Jan

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 […]

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Skwawkbox Loses Libel Case; Former Labour MP Awarded £75,000

19 Dec

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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