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Ofcom’s Third Annual Report on the Corrupt BBC

The UK Broadcasting Regulator Ofcom has released its annual report on the BBC. I like the fact that the BBC exists. But it is an incredibly out of touch organisation.

Even when it appears to be polished, neutral, & honest the BBC is far from impartial.

The report itself contains the word disinformation only three times.

This is highly disappointing because it is well known that the corporation worked with the government to control the coronavirus narrative.

Instead of using simple language to describe the extent to which this took place, when it happened, and why – Ofcom has let the BBC and the government off the hook by effectively saying nothing.

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So the UK population was repeatedly lied to and gaslit by the BBC and the government over Covid, lockdowns, and the number of deaths up and down the country, but Ofcom, the so-called regulator, has decided it is best to behave as though this myriad of lies and deception, in which it is now complicit, simply never occurred. There’s a word for this.

Ofcom’s boss Melanie Dawes’ starting salary is £315, 000 a year. She started her new job in February. Before that she had been Britain’s most senior female civil servant – permanent secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which she took over from Bob Kerslake in 2015.

The Housing and Local Government Ministry saw savage cuts during that time.

Dawes’ husband Benjamin Brogan was Deputy Editor of The Telegraph from 2009 till 2014 before becoming Head of Public Affairs at Lloyds Bank. Lloyds received substantial state aid after the financial crisis but the Government finally sold its stake in 2017.

There are some who would say that being married to a right wing former newspaper editor turned banking lobbyist should automatically exclude anyone from running Ofcom, the national broadcast regulator. I share that view. But clearly Ms Dawes, Mr Brogan, and the corrupt former Chair of the Treasury Select Committee and Media Minister who should have known better, Baroness Morgan, saw things differently.

Morgan is a rule onto herself. She flipped from Remainer to Brexiteer in a heartbeat. One of the first things she did when Boris Johnson appointed her Media Minister in summer 2019 was to end all government pressure on Evening Standard and Independent owner Evgeny Lebedev for having sold 30% of Lebedev Holdings to the Saudi State.

Of course Lebedev had always backed Boris and a year later was rewarded with a peerage. Lord Lebedev of Hampton in Richmond Upon Thames and Siberia in the Russian Federation.

I have never previously heard of a Lord of the Russian Federation before – though Lord Barker and Lord Peter Mandelson do lobby for Oleg Deripaska.

Back to Dawes and Brogan . . .

Here are some words from Public Affairs Networking on what it means to work in “Public Affairs”

One of Brogan’s colleagues when he was at the Telegraph was Peter Oborne.

When Oborne resigned from the Telegraph in 2015 he made it clear that the paper did not report honestly when it came to covering the notorious British Bank HSBC.

Even though it was well known that much money laundering had happened through the bank, Telegraph journalists were discouraged from reporting on the bank’s activities due to fears HSBC would pull its advertising from the paper.

But Lloyds Bank, where Ofcom Boss Dawes’ husband Brogan runs Public Affairs has also been up to no good:

Not only has Lloyds defrauded its Reading business customers of hundreds of millions of pounds, but it has so far got away with compensating only 5 victims.

And who, pray, is responsible for ensuring that the government doesn’t get involved in this affair and that as little as possible of this information is communicated to the public? Benjamin Brogan, Melanie Dawes’ husband.

How Corrupt is Britain?

So not only is she being paid upwards of £300k to police broadcasters, but her husband is being paid to keep his own bank’s scandals out of the news.

Now that’s another Great British Power couple. Not sure if they have any ethics though.

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New Report from the Public Appointments Commissioner

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Revolving Door

This appears to be meta-corruption fest.

I recommend pages 22-27 and the final few pages.

No names mentioned and only cursory references to breaches.

With an election coming up, little of what David Whyte said in this interview has stopped being relevant:

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Murdoch Mafia Appoints Morgan as Media Minister in Classic McCarthy Manoeuvre


Nicky Morgan, who defended former Chancellor George Osborne becoming the Editor of the Evening Standard on the basis that he would be the voice of Liberal Conservatism, has accepted the position of Media Secretary in what must rank as the most craven Vichy-like government in the UK ever.

Shape-shifter Osborne backed Boris who, in turn, has hired Morgan.

Johnson visited Lebedev for a weekend in Italy in 2018 and refuses to disclose what was discussed.

In this Michael Wolff 2008 Vanity Fair piece, Johnson says of his behaviour toward foreign press barons (click, at the bottom, to page three of the following embedded pdf), “Still, if the owner is someone other than myself, I am ready to be Vichy-like. I am prepared to praise and flatter shamelessly.”

This slavishness to foreign capital will have been honed at Eton — Capital without Borders.

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Morgan now rather conveniently oversees George Osborne’s Standard and his employer Lebedev Holdings’s Independent.

Morgan’s appointment comes two years after having defended Osborne’s right to edit the Standard, despite his deregulatory & austerity policies still unfolding – starting with Grenfell.

That’s right, there is simply no non-captured London Newspaper.

The Standard was sold by the Mail to Lebedev around 2009.

And now it has a mystery Saudi Shareholder.

Even the UK Government says the Evening Standard is a tool of the Saudi State.

No wonder the previous Culture and Media Secretary, Jeremy Wright, who was already quite the poodle, had to go.

He ordered a public interest notice into the Saudi Shareholding last month.

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The Guardian reported this at the time.

Lebedev (and Osborne) urged the Government not to investigate the new Saudi owners.


Amol Rajan is the BBC’s Media editor. He appears to have something of the corporatist spook about him. Venal.

This is him talking about his ex-boss, Lebedev, selling stakes in the Standard and Independent to the Saudi state.

No-one seemed to notice at the time. But two years later it is being occasionally reported on because the FT looked into it and Wright felt he had to make it look like he wanted to do something.

Incidentally, Wright was Attorney General when Lisa Osofsky was appointed head of the Serious Fraud Office, another poodle organisation.

The Standard printed a puff piece on her a few months ago.

Standard.

Ofcom Stitch-Up

Ofcom the broadcast regulator is to deliver the verdict on the Saudi owners to Nicky Morgan on August 23rd.

Though Ofcom’s boss, Sharon White, is heading to John Lewis, she will be heading up Ofcom till the end of the year.

White, along with Standard Editor George Osborne & Lord Adonis, attended the Bilderberg Conference in 2017.

Her husband Robert Chote, runs the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), created by George Osborne in 2010 to monitor public spending.

This was originally supposed to be seen as an independent body that signed off on austerity, but was eventually often referred to as the Treasury Poodle.

So it’s all very cosy.

The nepotism is staggering.

And it isn’t concealed, though questions aren’t exactly encouraged.

Loyalty over principle wins every time.

So where are the watchdogs?

What now for truth or justice?

As with Boris Johnson, one of Elias Canetti’s grandparent’s origins were in Turkey.

This morning as I skimmed Canetti’s speech for Hermann Broch’s 50th Birthday in Vienna in 1936, I was struck by the idea that a decent writer ought to be immediate, inexhaustible, universal, in opposition, and to have a special vice.

Could this be the beginning of a Golden Age of journalism?

Or a new McCarthy era in which all signs of socialism or solidarity with all fellow citizens no matter what their age or background is to be frowned upon, and even persecuted?

Keep your eye on developments re: the Kushners and the new film that will be coming out in September about Murdoch and Trump’s old mafia lawyer Roy Cohn.

With the Epstein paedophilia case suddenly coming to light and Tom Watson mainly pushing Labour Anti-Semitism stories while whitewashing all alleged Westminster VIP paedophiles such as Greville Janner, Leon Brittan and the known paedophile Harvey Proctor, the McCarthy Communist witch hunts (which were profoundly anti-semitic) and the Lavender Scare (into homosexuality) seem to be taking place in reverse.

VIP Paedophiles are getting the upper hand and the idea of anti-semitism is being used to pursue anti-racist lefties.

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Ofcom Director denies Collusive Corruption

Ofcom’s Collusive Corruption

Ofcom Director of Communications Chris Wynn got in touch over Monday’s blogpost.

I just assumed this was spam. Later that day I got a reminder: Not wanting to seem rude, I sent Chris a reply:

The next morning Chris took things up a notch:

Chris was now doing to me precisely what he was accusing me of doing to Lord Adonis. Ascribing a meaning that simply wasn’t there.

We were arguing over the use of the word “over”. At least that’s what I thought.

I was still hoping things could stay friendly.

Getting a bit repetitive.

 

And finally:

I managed a reply:

 

Can we finish this?

And back to square one:

Let me reiterate:

Chris Wynn has been at Ofcom for over ten years and used to be a journalist. Can’t think why he feels the need to play games.

As Ofcom regulation of the BBC only started in 2017,  there might still be teething issues.

Still doesn’t explain why Ofcom are turning a tiny blogpost into such a big deal.

It’s common knowledge that the BBC is biased and that Ofcom is a toothless regulator.

And Fake News is now part of the lexicon.

Corporatist  voices and organised silence of Carbon Bubble, Clean Air and Climate Change are all classic symptoms of a captured media regulator.

How can Ofcom’s Director of Communications, Chris Wynn, deny that Ofcom, the BBC’s regulator, has a problem with collusive corruption?

The perception of bribery and corruption in UK business has been getting much worse over the last six years according to Big Four Audit firm Ernst and Young’s latest fraud survey.

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OFCOM ruling on Climate Change

It is the first time Ofcom has found the BBC in breach since taking over regulation of the corporation in 2017.

 

So Ofcom took more than 7 months to find the BBC had breached their own broadcasting rules. From August 2017 to April 2018

That’s a long time to correct climate denier Brexiteer Nigel Lawson. Why so long?

And what have Ofcom got to say about the way the BBC legitimise deregulation, fracking and war?

BBC silence about the merging of corporate and state interests is consistent with collusive corruption and the dehumanising corporatist dismantling of public services.

BBC’s political presenters attack anyone with an ecological worldview even though it is widely understood our air is not clean and that pollution kills.

Ofcom is ok with Andrew Neil presenting BBC politics programmes while speaking at antisemitic Hungarian think tanks and chairing the Spectator whose assistant editor is racist Rod Liddle and whose culture critic is the openly fascist James Delingpole.

David Goodhart and several BBC commentators dismiss Windrush deportation cases as mere bureaucratic oversights. Imagine saying that about Nazi deportations? It was called a hostile environment. And Ofcom and the BBC did nothing to help report the illegal deportations as they happened

I wonder why.

Some of Ofcom’s top brass are very much on the gravy train. They are mainly ex-Treasury and audit people.  The ones policing the content are mainly ex-BBC. So conformity is scripted. The type of culture change we need to get a progressive agenda at the BBC and other Public Broadcasters just doesn’t exist. There is too much co-operation with the old way of doing things.

This is Lord Burns. Crossbencher in the Lords but obviously a Tory.

Terry Burns aka Teflon Terry, Lord Ubiquity, Lord Fixer (I’m not making this up) is on the Ofcom Board.

 

Talk about safe pair of hands!

He’s not on the Gravy Train. He is the Gravy Train.

There’ll be no interesting decisions under him.

Then there’s Baroness Noakes.

Jim Waterson of Guardian Media says that though Noakes is a card-carrying Tory, like others on the Ofcom Board,  she can’t be done for bias because there is no business decision that she has taken that can be seen to be influenced by her political position.

This is because Noakes deals with finance and not content. But funnily enough, I can’t find any minutes of what she has actually said in any meeting. So it looks like we can’t know.

Do she, or the other Tory directors,  have any say in choosing who regulates the BBC? .

It’s still altogether wrong that Noakes retweets Brexiteers, Privatisers, the Israeli Ambassador and Climate Deniers while chairing top committees at Ofcom and RBS. She’s also on an EU Lords Subcommittee.

It’s plain wrong to act as though she has no authority. She has. How is she using it? We deserve to know.

It’s a common perception that the BBC is super biased.

How can Noakes get away with being at the top of Ofcom and voting with the Government, but never get questioned over conflict of interest?

 

And when this government goes?

Ofcom will still be staffed by Lords and Baronesses on the Boards of several other firms.

IT’S NOT RIGHT.

In 2016 former Minister for Culture, Karen Bradley kicked former editor of the Economist Bill Emmott, off the Ofcom content and main board for being too pro-EU.

But Noakes is allowed to stay because her politics don’t actually affect her ability to be on the board.

What does the rest of the country think? Most people will never know as our media keeps this type of thing quiet.

 

 

Even former staff say it’s corrupt at the highest levels.

 

 

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Adonis slams BBC Regulator – OFCOM – over Collusive Corruption

By Ranjan Balakumaran

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The deputy head of Ofcom – the BBC’s regulator – Baroness Noakes, has been done for anti-Labour tweeting in the past.

She has consistently voted with the Government for Brexit in the Lords and is therefore too biased to regulate the BBC.

She shouldn’t be allowed to back the Government in the Lords as well as in our living rooms.

Separate questions about her role overseeing the re-appropriation of hundreds of millions of pounds worth of small and medium sized businesses’s assets at the Royal Bank of Scotland also cast doubt on whether she possesses the probity and good judgment required of a media regulator.

Tweets

Here she is, only last week, retweeting the most controversial of characters, Darren Grimes of Vote Leave.
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This young man took hundreds of thousands of pounds from Vote Leave to launder money and the youth vote for the corrupt Steve Bannon’s Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to the Brexit Vote.

RBS Fraud

Noakes is a Non Executive Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland where she chairs the the Board Risk Committee and sits on the Group Audit Committee and the GRG oversight Committee!

For those who are new to the scandal plagued RBS GRG unit, this has been described as an “abattoir” for small businesses and that it may be the “biggest theft ever”.

The bank, state-owned at the time, stole millions from innocent small business customers in what became known as the dash for cash:

This cases are just the tip of the iceberg as so much remains covered up.

This from February:

That’s right, this woman is deeply involved in one of the biggest banking scandals of all time.

Noakes was once described as the country’s top accountant and has lots of experience in PFI both for the government, the audit firms as well as in the private sector.

But sadly, it looks as thought our BBC has been entrusted to a card-carrying Tory Brexit propagandist.

 

Freedom of Information

John Mann sent a Freedom of Information Request to the Bank of England about former Deputy Governor Paul Tucker’s role in getting Barclays to readjust their LIBOR submissions during the crash in 2008. Mann was on the Treasury Select Committee and so the FOI was treated as urgent and replied to swiftly.

I suggest that a Labour member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee or the Shadow Minister for Culture, Tom Watson, send in an FOI to Ofcom asking to see whether Baroness Noakes membership of the House Lords has ever been considered a potential conflict of interest.

Certainly all of Noakes’s correspondence on the subject of Brexit during the run up to the referendum and ever since are highly relevant at this time. Perhaps a group of Remainer MPs on the DCMS select committee, including Damian Collins, would like to start asking Ofcom these crucial questions.

Collusive Corruption

Anything less would demonstrate a high degree of collusive corruption.

I asked David Whyte if the UK is a corrupt country in the run up to last year’s election: