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Monday 23 May 2016

Top Gear - Murdoch Wants It Pulled

While filming for the first series of BBC motoring show Top Gear with its new line-up has been progressing, with the Guardian reporting thatThe first episode … was filmed on Thursday and the format has been tweaked by the producers to give it a livelier feel with a hint of the atmosphere of Evans’ Channel 4 show TFI Friday, while Evans and co-star Matt LeBlanc compete to tell the best jokes”, the knocking copy keeps on coming.
The campaign against the programme, focused almost totally on spreading a variety of unpleasant smears and rumours about Evans, has been spearheaded by the Murdoch empire, with the role of shock troops taken by Heat Street, the website headed by (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch, and which is effectively an extension of her prejudices. Papers like the Sun then follow up the alleged “news”.

Until this week, there had not been any inkling of the ultimate objective of the attacks, although, as Zelo Street has pointed out, it was clear that the Murdoch doggies were hell-bent on vengeance for the BBC’s sacking of their man Jeremy Clarkson following an act of gross misconduct. But now Heat Street and Ms Mensch have let slip that their goal is to see the Beeb pull the plug on the show, something they hope to achieve this week.

First has come a Heat Street piece tellingThe BBC has come under further pressure today to reveal how it has dealt with allegations of misconduct involving Top Gear presenter Chris Evans … For the second time in 10 days, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has sent a letter to BBC chief Lord Hall asking him to explain whether claims that Evans bullied two female BBC employees at Top Gear and Radio 2 are true”.

Bridgen is a known rent-a-quote for the right-leaning. And he’s shown this newest branch of the Cosa Rupra his letter beforehand. “In the letter, a copy of which has been seen by Heat Street, Bridgen writes: ‘I trust that in view of your zero-tolerance approach to bullying, you can provide me with a full breakdown of how the BBC has examined these claims and what, if anything, it has done about them’”.

And what is Bridgen going to do about it? “I need to know this because I am intending to raise in the House of Commons shortly the matters I mentioned to you regarding Chris Evans and the BBC’s response to the various allegations about him. For the sake of completeness this should include your own explanation as BBC editor-in-chief”. Then there is an admission that this is a last desperate push before the new series starts.

The post conceded “The new series of Top Gear, presented by Evans and Matt LeBlanc, is due to start on Sunday on BBC2 and on BBC America on May 30”, before Ms Mensch Tweeted in anticipation#ChrisEvans bullying claims reach Parliament - EXCLUSIVE will BBC have to cancel #TopGear?” It was, as I’ve said previously, always about trying to get the new series of Top Gear pulled before the TV audience saw it.

Once it’s broadcast, if the show is half decent, they’ll forget all about Jezza. My thanks to Louise Mensch for confirming that I was right all along.


Ed said...

Philip Davies has also used Heat Street as a "source" for an anti-BBC question in the Commons - last Thursday I think.

Anonymous said...

Don't know why I'm surprised now that I've thought about it properly (almost a rhetorical question)...

That's all Heat St. is really isn't it, an outrider/foil for HMV's 'news' propaganda?
Kind of him funding a "Bad Cop, Worse Cop" scenario - under the guise of a vanity project for La Mensch - with the added benefit that its bile is posted 'offshore' & therefore not even subject to the woeful levels of oversight by sham-regulator IPSO.

Mind you given the Scum's direction/speed of travel on published circulation figures, it might not be that long before Hate St. clicks outnumber Scum sales.

J said...

Philip Davis... isn't he the guy whos only skill is talking out bills and not much else?

savernake said...

Off-shoring comment started in the Murdoch Press in the US in the 90's where anti-Democrat stories like Monica Lewinsky were first printed in The Sun in this country, then picked up by the Matt Drudge website (partly financed, I think, by Murdoch) in the States, then published by the MSM in America as being legitimate because it had been published abroad.

This is the technique in reverse.

Bob said...

This is another example of why Murdoch’s plan to control all of Sky should be stopped. It becomes a large cog in the machine of regurgitating lies from one part of his media to another under the guise of ‘reporting.’

Anonymous said...

You know, I never watched Clarkson's version of Top Gear on the grounds of good taste.

But now that the ugly racist gimp has done one, and taken the other meff May with him, and now that Nazi Rupert and UnterMensch want it gone, I might just change my mind.........

Jerry Murdoch (soon to be Ms Hall again) said...

He can pull it himself.
Have you seen it?

http://www.thesocialshuttle.com/ said...

Hate Street is as tragic as the Setting Sun. Readers of both couldn't care less if Jack the Ripper was fronting Top Gear as long as there are expensive & fast cars they can't afford being burned up around some race track or some exotic spot in the world they'll never go to. Another Murdoch fail as those sons can't wait till dad goes to his maker so they can flog off the tragic newspaper empire just like James Packer rid himself of his dad's media interests.

Andrew_S_Hatton said...

"like James Packer rid himself of his dad's media interests"

Presumably power lust is not hereditary.

What ever happened to the sons of Maxwell - for example.

I think this sort of issue - meeting the five human needs is well explained by William Gasser's Choice Theory - of which few have heard or understand - but in the 1990s I predicted his understandings would eventually become dominant, I said within 50 years - I won't be here to check though!

He was also an advocate for the American business guru whose name I cannot remember who re-engineered the Japanese attitude to manufacturing post war - with such stuff like the "just in time" philosophy - although that may not actually have come from Deming himself!

I had to Google it - it is "Deming"