Cleaning the Augean Stable

CSM EDITORIAL BBC Director General Tim Davie’s squirming in front of a committee of MPs a couple of days ago was embarrassing to watch. Reminiscent of a schoolboy making up ridiculous excuses for not doing his prep rather than just admitting to the truth and acting contritely. Davie’s excuse for the organisation’s fading impartiality was flimsy to say the least:   “I think the culture … Continue reading Cleaning the Augean Stable

GB News

BY JON ALEXANDER And there we have it, arriving with all the grace and charm of Katie Hopkins gate-crashing a Weightwatchers meeting 4 months ago, GB News loses its Chairman and Lead Presenter Andrew Neil. Of course, this was preceded by rumours of a rift with senior management, senior management departing, a leave of absence for Neil within weeks of the channel launching and the … Continue reading GB News

The Next Sir David?

BY KP CHATTERJEE Sir David Attenborough is of course the celebrated English broadcaster, natural historian and author. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. Now aged 95, it is only logical to ask who will be the next front-of-house person of British wildlife television? In a recent article in The Conversation, a Professor of Science Communication … Continue reading The Next Sir David?

Yorkshire Post Owe Apology

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Animal rights activists are fully on board the train of Cancel Culture. They have taken each and every opportunity via social media to hunt down in packs companies that are associated with hunting, using fabricated film where impetus was lacking. With the Glorious Twelfth upon us, animal rights activists have been busy breathing down the necks of companies with grouse moor interests … Continue reading Yorkshire Post Owe Apology

GB News

BY JON ALEXANDER It finally happened, after months of anticipation, GB News finally arrived to take on the media heavyweights like the BBC and Sky News. Launching with a welcome message from its chairman, Andrew Neil, promising to protect free speech and challenge the conventional Westminster mindset with the tag line “if it matters to you, it matters to us” but niftily followed further on … Continue reading GB News

Days of Illusion

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Two millennia ago, during a civil war in the Roman Republic, Octavian fought a disinformation war against Mark Anthony. Using verse and catchy slogans printed on to coins, Octavian swayed the Roman people with fake news – claiming that Cleopatra’s lover was a drunkard who disrespected Roman values. He eventually won the war. He became the first Emperor of Rome, ruling for … Continue reading Days of Illusion

Red Sky

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE If the BBC is the mouthpiece of the Guardian, then Sky News is its ringpiece – at least that’s the organ their appraisal of 2020 conjures up. Though it’s presented to us in a form as benign as any fatuous female supplement column, the subjects are more insidious than that of gluten intolerance. Make no mistake, this is a study in unrelenting … Continue reading Red Sky

TAC

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Thanks to modern technology even those of us who rise at five o’clock in the morning can have our social circles operating in the background at that time, while we set about our day’s work, thanks to services like Telegram and Signal. There’s one group I am a member of which has developed an entertaining Statler and Waldorf approach to the day’s … Continue reading TAC

What’s the Point of S4C?

BY MARCUS STEAD You’re probably familiar with this exchange from Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde: CECIL GRAHAM: What is a cynic?LORD DARLINGTON: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.CECIL GRAHAM: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing. Public subsidies are always a … Continue reading What’s the Point of S4C?

Biased BBC Dissembling (Again)

BY ALEXIA JAMES Let’s be frank. The BBC does not have a good reputation for being fair and balanced over Brexit. Some argue that their Remain bias over recent years has done irreparable damage to public trust in the BBC, its ability to deliver news impartially, and will result in the end of the licence fee in coming years. Already there is desperate talk of … Continue reading Biased BBC Dissembling (Again)

Germans Are Not Funny

BY ALEXIA JAMES No, Brit Girl, the Germans do not now have a better sense of humour than the British. 30,000 people across 15 countries were asked to name both the “funniest” (“best at making people laugh”) and “least funny” nationality in a poll conducted by Badoo.com. The Germans came out last. They were even below the Belgians. Germans are as funny as Nish Kumar, … Continue reading Germans Are Not Funny

Ware’s Almost Perfect Wisdom

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN While the highly respected journalist John Ware’s attack in the Jewish Chronicle on “deceitful propaganda” was a wholly merited blast at anti-Semitic Corbynite ideologues – the Lansmans, Mendozas and Rachels from Swindon of this world – John came up with some useful paragraphs for those running blogs and websites which by choice or nature are outwith the mainstream media and regulatory control: … Continue reading Ware’s Almost Perfect Wisdom

Covidian Nonexistence

BY ALEXIA JAMES It must be said that mainstream media has become extraordinarily unalluring during this pandemic. People are learning to live without. On a Zoom business call just yesterday one of those present asked if anyone had seen Boris’ latest Coronavirus press conference and four out of six on the video call admitted they had not bothered tuning into even one. Meanwhile the newspapers … Continue reading Covidian Nonexistence

Lamenting Daytime TV

BY ANDREW MOODY In the age of Amazon Prime and Netflix and the thousand channels of Sky TV, and even more importantly, the age of imposed lockdown, is it just me or has TV gotten worse? Ever since 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, the last great movie made within the Hollywood system before Trump’s contentious election, and Harvey Weinstein’s ignominious demise in Rikers Island, movies have … Continue reading Lamenting Daytime TV

BBC News Caught Red-Handed

BY ALEXIA JAMES Just when the BBC was collecting some brownie points for providing useful and entertaining education material for our home-schooled children in lock-down, those over at BBC News have once again reminded the nation that suicide can be a slow and drawn-out affair – death by a thousand cuts. BBC Editors have been exposed selectively editing a Trump speech and the edit is … Continue reading BBC News Caught Red-Handed

Repurposing the Licence Fee

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Last month, Britain’s broadcast media subjected the nation to a series of bombshell revelations from which it may never recover. First came the news that Philip Schofield isn’t the red-blooded womaniser his tousled hair and flowered shirts would have us believe. Then the BBC’s Head of Drama, Piers Wenger (pictured), revealed that far from some happy coincidence, it is actual BBC policy … Continue reading Repurposing the Licence Fee