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Johnson joining GB News

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson is joining GB News as a presenter, programme maker and commentator. Johnson, who joins in the new year, will play a key role in the channel’s coverage of both the UK general election and the US elections next year. GB News added that Johnson “will create and present a new […]

October 30, 2023

Banijay Rights acquires rights to Boris Johnson docuseries

Banijay Rights has acquired global distribution rights to Boris (working title), a new 72 Films documentary series that chronicles the rise and fall of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Produced by 72 Films (The Trump Show, Crime & Punishment) for Channel 4 in the UK, Boris is the definitive documentary series that reveals the […]

February 20, 2023

BBC Sharp practice not good enough

Richard Sharp, the current Chair of the BBC, may have been an outstanding banker. He worked for both JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs and, presumably, made them a lot of money, certainly made himself rich. Is that the definition of a good banker? Did he do it more outstandingly than any of the other individuals […]

February 14, 2023

MPs: BBC Chair’s ‘significant errors of judgement’

BBC Chair Richard Sharp made ‘significant errors of judgement’ when failing to declare his role in the facilitation of a loan to the then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and should reflect on the potential damage caused to trust in the Corporation, according to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The conclusion from the Committee […]

February 13, 2023By Colin Mann

BBC Chair fends off ‘jobs for chums’ jibe

Richard Sharp, the BBC chair, has told MPs his only role in providing a loan to Boris Johnson shortly before he got the job was to “ensure due process was followed”. Sharp said he had personally told Johnson as well as Rishi Sunak, the then chancellor, that he was going for the BBC job before […]

February 7, 2023

C4 privatisation set to be shelved

The proposed privatisation of UK commercial PSB Channel 4 is set to be dropped, according to the FT, with newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reassessing policy pledges made by previous administrations as he considers his legislative priorities. “We are looking at all the campaign pledges and we are looking at whether it is the right […]

November 4, 2022By Colin Mann

Dorries quits as Media Secretary

Nadine Dorries is to step down as UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), following the election of Liz Truss as new leader of the governing Conservative Party. Although a supporter of Truss’s candidacy, it is understood she was given the opportunity to carry on in Cabinet but had chosen instead […]

September 6, 2022By Colin Mann

Sky News to host Conservative leadership debate

Sky News will host the first live television debate with those vying to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and the country’s next Prime Minister following Boris Johnson’s resignation. On July 18th, the candidates will come together at the Sky News studios in West London for a live debate hosted by Kay Burley. […]

July 11, 2022

Survey: BBC most trusted news outlet among teens

A survey for BBC Bitesize suggests that the BBC is the most trusted news source for young people among traditional broadcast and print media, as well as digital media channels including Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. It comes as BBC Bitesize launches the ‘Other Side Of The Story’ campaign to help 11-16 year olds navigate fake […]

June 20, 2022

Ex-minister criticises C4 privatisation

Jesse Norman MP, a former government minister and Chair of the UK parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2015-16, has criticised the proposed privatisation of publicly-owned broadcaster Channel 4. In a letter expressing no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he said: “Privatisation of Channel 4 is an unnecessary and provocative attempt to address […]

June 6, 2022By Colin Mann