Following a talk about the Great War at the Chalke Valley History Festival, one wily audience member asked Jeremy Paxman about his political leanings. The newly retired Newsnight anchor responded: “I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes,” Telegraph arts hack Hannah Furness reports this was then followed up by asking him […]

This pixel fault in Salford’s Media City UK — which manifested at the precise moment that UKIP leader Nigel Farage was talking about immigration and Enoch Powell — will doubtless fuel UKIP conspiracy nuts’ theories about BBC bias. Even the TVs are against them!

Scrapbook notes this characteristically loaded question from Lord Ashcroft with interest: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the BBC regarding the neutrality of its news coverage.[HL93] Lord Gardiner of Kimble: There have been no representations or recent discussions with the BBC concerning the neutrality of its news output. The BBC […]

Children’s radio presenter referenced by John Simpson ‘Uncle Dick’ thought to be pseudonym for ‘Uncle Mac’ Office of Director General accused of cover-up With today’s Sun front page following up our coverage of BBC child abuse allegations made by world editor John Simpson, Scrapbook can now reveal the name of the individual to which Simpson was thought to […]

Jeremy Paxman is thought to be among 148 BBC presenters channelling their earnings through “personal service companies” — with significant scope to avoid paying full tax. The figure was revealed by the corporation’s chief financial officer at a grilling by MPs from the Public Accounts Committee yesterday. While the broadcaster claim the companies are standard industry […]

The BBC have used a controversial exemption in the Freedom of Information Act to block the publication of the costs incurred during their wall-to-wall coverage of the Royal Wedding. Legislation provides that the broadcaster can refuse to release information held “for the purposes of journalism, art or literature”. Records of appeals to the Information Commissioner show the […]