There was no process about these appointments; they are a gift from Boris Johnson to flunkies he wants to do his will.
He knows Dacre will ensure that far-right propaganda gets an easy ride from the broadcasting watchdog because Dacre published far-right propaganda every day in the Daily Heil and gave it an easy ride when he was in charge at the Press Complaints Commission (now IPSO).
This Writer is less familiar with Charles Moore, which tends to indicate that I had a taste of his work and turned away in disgust. From the words of others, I understand there will be no attempt at political balance while he has any say in what goes on at Broadcasting House.
Here‘s the story:
Paul Dacre, former editor of the Daily Mail, has been asked to run the national broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, while Lord Moore, the former editor of the Daily Telegraph and biographer of Margaret Thatcher, is believed to be considering accepting the role of chairman of the BBC.
The provocative choice of two such hardline anti-BBC voices has prompted anger and dismay across the broadcasting and entertainment industry. Speaking to the Observer on Saturday evening the Labour peer Andrew Adonis summed up the response of many to the news. “If true this is Cummings operating straight out of the Trump playbook with the intent to undermine our democratic institutions.”
The former government minister continued: “These would be really disgraceful appointments. Neither Paul Dacre at Ofcom nor Charles Moore at the BBC would believe in the mission of the institution they are running. Dacre demonstrably doesn’t believe in impartially and statutorily regulated media and Moore doesn’t believe in public service broadcasting, as his refusal to pay the licence fee demonstrates.”
This man refuses to pay the TV licence fee and Boris Johnson puts him in charge of the BBC!
If you’re still wondering why it’s a big deal, it means Johnson will control the media through these two puppets – and will get away with more of this:
Now over 1.1 million views. This is what Boris Johnson does not want you to see. This is why he’s trying to control the media. This is why we now need to work together to expose him https://t.co/CpdpT6J3Bk
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) September 26, 2020
And here are the responses:
One of the first steps of fascism is control of the media.
— Norman Thompson (@Norman63red) September 26, 2020
Jesus Christ. Charles Moore to run the BBC and Paul Dacre to run broadcasting regulator Ofcom. They're not even being subtle about it anymore. A hard right coup orchestrated by Cummings and Johnson
— Will Thorpe (@withorpe) September 26, 2020
Dacre’s entire career has been devoted to peddling fake news and ensuring right-wing bias https://t.co/uWrxKRWuGG
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) September 26, 2020
And the door of corruption revolves.
“Because the system works, the system called, reciprocity…” https://t.co/bxpMr8cKic
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) September 26, 2020
— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) September 26, 2020
An oligarchy is a small group of people running an entire country. That’s what Johnson wants and that is what he is getting. See this, also:
Will it is meant to be a one party state it is the Cummings plan to remove all liberals and labour sympathisers and what he sees as the Establishment Blob and replace them with Brexiteers. https://t.co/SpKcWkp2Ot
— David Hencke (@davidhencke) September 26, 2020
Charles Moore at the BBC and Paul Dacre at Ofcom. Favours like confetti to the political cronies. It’s the Berlusconi, Erdogan, Orban, Bolsonaro, Chavez, Perón, Putin playbook. The end of days.
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) September 26, 2020
This last one is ironic:
Once right wingers control the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sun, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Sun on Sunday, Spiked, the Spectator, Guido, Daily Telegraph, Sky, ITV, the BBC and Ofcom can you at least stop wanking on about left wing media bias please
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) September 26, 2020
All the organs mentioned in the tweet are indeed now in right-wing hands.
In related news…
Covid test firm hires Boris Johnson's half-brother and hopes he can 'open doors'. https://t.co/SulShwsh7V
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) September 26, 2020
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