Following Sue’s post yesterday about Christine Bleakley leaving the BBC for ITV, BBC creative director Alan Yentob – a man who has shown notable creativity in personal expense claims – has claimed in the Times (no link, I’m afraid- the Times won’t allow it) that the days of the BBC having “deep pockets” to hire talent are over. Some would say that in itself was a tad disingenuous as the … Continue reading

Channel Hopper

Now to an important subject. Christine Bleakley. Off to ITV. Good old BBC, making out that she was dithering, and they had to ‘let her go’ in a new-found frugality policy over wages for celebs and that. Looks much better than if she’d simply ditched them for all that lolly, and they’ve got the added bonus that they can use her departure as ‘exhibit one’ in the ‘Market Forces Argument’. … Continue reading

The New Belle Époque.

I’ve been very busy not watching telly, but I did accidentally stumble upon MEPs in Strasbourg discussing the Flotilla on the BBC Parliament channel last night, between the repeats of QT and Andrew Marr. Needless to say it was an Israel-bashing jamboree, with left wing and green MEPs making their rabidly anti Israel / pro Turkey speeches. They kept demanding Baroness Ashton ‘does something’ to lift the blockade of Gaza. … Continue reading


BBC correspondent Dan Collyns has got form. As I reported back in February, he was caught red-handed making nonsense predictions that the seas round the Galapagos Islands were heating up so fast that they were heading for boiling point. This eco-propagandist, who belongs to greenie alarmist group GRNlive, is at it again, this time reporting that a group of Peruvians have become so brainwashed and deluded as a result of … Continue reading

None So Blind

No matter what evidence is released about the “peace mission” on the Mavi Marmara, the BBC still calls the incident “Israel’s attack”, “Israel’s raid,” or whatever aggressive title they see fit to tag it. They see the incident as Israel’s, as if it belongs exclusively to Israel, though it was clearly instigated by Turkey or Islam. No matter how many Jihadi videos remain uncensored on YouTube while a humourous Israeli … Continue reading

A Leader Who Cannot Be Ignored

FOOC featured Jeremy Bowen’s cosy chat with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Although we were told that Syria was a bit of a police state, the impression given was that Bowen’s sympathy lay with‘friendly and charming’ al-Assad, whose country had suffered the “trauma of creating Israel.”“The Turks never attacked Israel, never smuggled weapons, never did anything harmful to Israel. They only worked for peace,” he said.” In the web article there’s … Continue reading

Question Time LiveBlog 17th June 2010

Question Time tonight comes from Witney, the Westminster seat of David Cameron, and famous only for having had a woollen blanket making industry…now closed. On the first coalition Tory-free panel (no, Theresa May technically did count as one) we have Chris Huhne, Peter Hain, Jeffrey Donaldson, “Baroness” Helena Kennedy and Amanda Platell.  For those playing the Buzzword Bingo, we’ll be playing the Lord Servile Rules which means players may bring a sub-machine … Continue reading


Well, it is that time when I take a break from  B-BBC. I’m off to Sorrento for a week of sunshine, relaxation and chianti. Hope you all keep well in my absence and behave yourselves! Best of all, no BBC for a week!! Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.