Will Lewis? WILL LEWIS? As Billy Connolly once put it, “There’s going tae be some swearing … FUCK OFF!” They shortlisted Will Lewis? OK, many will not know the backstory of another of those media figures whom Private Eye magazine has accused of being excessively thirsty. So let’s look at Will’s most relevant greatest industry hits.
He was in charge of the WSJ as it was turned from a paper of record into one whose journalism became more and more tainted by right-wing bias, and especially in its coverage of Murdoch favourite, Combover Crybaby Donald Trump. Minus point #1.
So that’s Minus Point #2. And coming hard on the heels of that point is Lewis’ alleged involvement in leaking details of an undercover sting by two Telegraph reporters on Vince Cable, who was then Business Secretary in the 2010 Coalition Government. The leak was then reported by Robert Peston, know to be a pal of Lewis. Minus Point #3.coming back to bite him. “A SHORTLISTED candidate to become the Director General of the BBC masterminded a mass criminal cover-up of phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s companies, explosive High Court documents allege” told Byline Investigates.
The Guardian was also on the case. “The claimants allege ‘Lewis was heavily and directly involved in the email deletion strategy’. And that he was ‘part of the senior management which organised or allowed extensive deletions of millions of emails to take place without preserving backups … even though he was aware of the need to preserve data for the civil claims … and the live police investigation’”. And there we have Minus Point #4,has told that “The BBC is discussing delaying the hunt for its next director general because of the [Coronavirus] pandemic’s impact on the recruitment process”. Maybe the impact of Will Lewis’ travails is also having an effect.
No way should he remain on that shortlist. So then there were three. Bye, Will.