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Thursday 4 April 2019


Why did the BBC display such craven cowardice over the Cambridge Analytica scandal? What was behind the ambushing of the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr by mercenary hack Isabel Oakeshott on The Andy Marr Show™? How did the Beeb end up pushing seriously dodgy items such as the live on-air resignation of a junior shadow minister from Jeremy Corbyn’s team just before Prime Minister’s Questions?
Robbie Gibb, long suspected of malign influence ...

It had long been suspected that the malign influence at work here was Robbie Gibb. His Wikipedia entry spells it out: “Gibb was head of BBC Westminster in overall charge of the BBC’s political programme output - Daily and Sunday Politics, Andrew Marr Show, This Week and Radio 4’s Westminster Hour. Prior to joining the political team at Westminster he was Deputy Editor of BBC2’s Newsnight”. There was more.
... which has now been confirmed by Nick Boles

During the EU referendum campaign Gibb was editor of The Great Debate at Wembley Arena and Editor of the BBC’s General Election debate during the 2017 General Election”. Also, “Gibb is a long standing Brexiteer”. But did he let that view influence his behaviour, and by implication that of the Corporation’s coverage?
Nick Boles, now exercising the freedom of thought that resigning from the Tory Party brings, was in no doubt. “I am no longer a member of the Conservative Party. So I can be blunt where previously I might have been discreet. The PM’s head of communications Robbie Gibb is a hard Brexiter who wants to destroy the PM’s new search for a cross party compromise”. He screwed the BBC’s reputation. Now he’s trying to screw the country.
Boles continued “The media should be honest about the briefings they receive from that quarter. And the Prime Minister would do well to tell Mr Gibb to get back in his box - or go back to the BBC”. Ms Cadwalladr and Byline Media head Peter Jukes will be reading, inwardly digesting, and nodding slowly to themselves.
It gets worse. As Al Barz mused, “The same Robbie Gibb who was in charge of The Great Debate about The Referendum at Wembley Arena, as well as Newsnight, Andrew Marr Show, Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, This Week, Westminster Hour, basically promoting Nigel Farage from an unknown MEP to a superstar? Him?” Yes, him. Without someone at the BBC enabling him, Nigel “Thirsty” Farage would still be a fringe nobody.
And confirmation of Gibb’s malign influence was not long in arriving. “Nick, you know this is complete bollocks. @RobbieGibb is a bloody good man who wants to deliver on the people’s votes, and the Prime Ministers promise, to leave the European Union. He works with everyone, he discusses with everyone and he is most certainly not destructive” whined Stephen Canning. Who is a liar and a complete shit. Boles is right.
When Canning is the first Tory to leap to your defence, you should know the game is up. Robbie Gibb was known to be a Brexiteer. Nick Boles has confirmed that he is unable, or unwilling, to keep his personal politics separate from his work. The problem for the Beeb is that it now needs someone to put the culture he instilled into reverse. And quickly.

The BBC being captured by Brexiteers explains so much. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Anonymous said...

It doesn't just stop at Gibb.

Who appointed him and why?

Who thought of and appointed the ranting righties Neil, Robinson, Kuenssberg, Wark, Humphrys, Smith, Davies, Maitlis and Bruce (to name but a few)......even MacKoward at one point?

This poison extends all the way up to the governors/trustees. Don't kid yourself any of them are "objective". Or that it began with Gibb.

Decades before, the weasel-words BBC became The Ministry of Truth (read: Lies) forecast by Orwell 70 years ago. The state broadcaster in a capitalist state. What else did you expect?

Needless to say, the rest of corporate media is even worse.

CMG said...

The BBC website went into bunker mode soon after publishing Nick Boles' tweet on their live text. Yesterday's 'Live' was removed completely, none has opened today and there is no mention of either Nick's revelation or the Guardian splash on Facebook sponsored ads. Nothing open for comments on the news front page.

For the past three years reality has been ignored - the lies and illegality of the Leave campaign, the reasons behind the Leave vote, the contents of the deal, Davis' laughable cut-and-paste 'sectoral analysis'. The BBC is as culpable as anyone.

chris s said...

And it's indicative that while journalists have felt happy to print all sorts of things attributed to 'unnamed Tory ministers/MPs' this is something that hasn't been run till now.

Paul Byrne said...

I decree that the BBC shall be forevermore be known as FIDDLERS OF THE TRUTH tm