C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas le journalisme

23 November 2015 14:16

Andrew Neil is the best political interviewer in Britain. I am not just saying that because he is so high…


Did the BBC really need to deploy Huw Edwards to Paris?

20 November 2015 9:00

On Saturday morning, I watched BBC rolling news about the Paris atrocities. Then I spent the day hunting and switched…


On Question Time, will someone please ask Mehdi Hasan about his views on infidels?

19 November 2015 16:22

Various readers have been asking if I am doing Question Time, This Week or Any Questions this week. It’s not…


Listen: Is the BBC a national treasure? With Melvyn Bragg, James Purnell and Rachel Johnson

19 November 2015 14:15

Last night Spectator Events hosted a discussion at Church House, Westminster about whether the BBC really is a national treasure. Speakers included…

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Nobody will ever forgive the right if they destroy the BBC

18 November 2015 12:49

Nowhere does the right show its isolation from its own country more vividly than when it demands the destruction of the…


James Naughtie’s swear gaffe sends the BBC into a tizzy

16 November 2015 15:52

This morning Nick Robinson made his debut as a presenter on the Today show. However, it was Robinson’s co-presenter James…


The Uber generation won’t stand for the BBC – but it’s still a national treasure

13 November 2015 18:05

Watching the increasingly bleak and depressing Peep Show the other night I was pleased to note that my on-screen alter…

Jihadi John

Drones get the job done, as Jihadi John may have just discovered

13 November 2015 10:21

Excellent news, if it is confirmed, that Mohammed Emwazi – aka ‘Jihadi John’ – has discovered the hard way that…

Cui Yongyuan attending the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in 2014. Photo: Getty

The Chinese are willing participants in state censorship

12 November 2015 17:53

For three decades, Cui Yongyuan has been one of China’s national treasures. As a veteran television presenter for CCTV (China’s…


I’ve come up with the perfect way to deal with TV Licensing officers

12 November 2015 15:33

Faithful readers of this column will know that I do not have a television licence for my flat in London, because…

Birmingham Muslim Community Gather For Friday Prayers

Why is the BBC letting the Islamic Human Rights Commission set the agenda?

11 November 2015 11:32

The farcically named ‘Islamic Human Rights Commission’ has featured here many times before. The last time was earlier this year…

A still from the film Cairo Drive

The films the Arab world doesn’t want you to see

4 November 2015 16:35

‘I want a woman to be President,’ declared one of the ambulance drivers interviewed by Sherief Elkatsha for his film…

China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy on October 29, after decades of strict, sometimes brutal enforcement left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce, heightening the challenges of slowing growth.

Yet more examples of BBC bias this week

30 October 2015 14:24

Two reports on the BBC Ten O’Clock News this week, both unashamedly partisan. Yes, yes, I know they are not…

Rusty indeed

Peter Hitchens proves to be Russell Brand’s Achilles heel

19 October 2015 17:28

Although Russell Brand has stopped producing his YouTube series The Trews after tiring of being in the spotlight, fans of the…

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John Whittingdale ruffles feathers at BBC campaign event with off-piste speech

13 October 2015 10:40

Last night BBC staff and musicians alike assembled at Portcullis House to back UK Music’s Let it Beeb campaign. As guests…


Robert Peston’s new job ruffles feathers at the BBC

9 October 2015 13:08

Earlier this week Mr S reported how Robert Peston’s appointment as ITV’s new political editor had led his former BBC colleagues to…


Coffee Shots: Robert Peston left out in the cold

6 October 2015 12:53

This week it was reported that Robert Peston is leaving his role as the BBC’s economics editor to join ITV as…

Demonstrators at this year's Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Image: Getty

The left’s hatred of ‘Tory scum’ is both stupid and self-defeating

5 October 2015 15:18

Plenty has been written about the hatred some on the left feel towards their ‘enemies’, something on display at the…


Charlotte Church feels the heat on Question Time

2 October 2015 1:53

Last night’s episode of Question Time saw David Dimbleby relocate to Cardiff to join Charlotte Church, Charles Moore, Stephen Crabb, Labour’s Stephen…

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Attends Rally For Supporters

Jeremy Corbyn can’t blame the ‘commentariat’ for public opinion

29 September 2015 16:24

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party conference speech started pretty well, with him poking fun at the newspapers’ more apocalyptic predictions of what would happen…

Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant: government ‘fibbing’ about Channel 4 privatisation

28 September 2015 12:54

Although Michael Dugher is now Labour’s shadow culture secretary, his predecessor Chris Bryant is still keeping a close eye on the…


If only middle-class liberals would shut up, we might get a proper debate

28 September 2015 12:10

Why are the audiences for political debate programmes so unrepresentative of the voting population? By which I mean, why are…


Listen: Sarah Montague’s disastrous turn on Today

24 September 2015 10:40

Oh dear. Sarah Montague is not having a good day. The Today presenter managed to make not one, not two,…


Welcome to the new-look Spectator Life – that’s already making the front page news

24 September 2015 10:08

I wanted to let you know about the new issue of Spectator Life that’s out today – free with the…


Listen: Lucy Powell discusses her ‘very new relationship’ with Jeremy Corbyn

14 September 2015 15:59

Lucy Powell is back. As Steerpike reported this morning, Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Ed Miliband’s blunder-prone deputy campaign chief as Labour’s shadow education…