George Entwistle has been appointed as BBC Director-General, some are wondering if this marks the end and a move away from its lefty mindset:
It looks as though BBC chairman Lord Patten, the former Tory chairman, has sensibly steered the selection away from the overtly Lefty candidates Caroline Thompson and Ed Richards to a more independently-minded candidate.
Michael Crick, who worked on Newsnight when it was edited by Entwistle, says the new DG has in the past boasted that after leaving university he worked for a while for Michael Heseltine – not in a political capacity, but in Haymarket publishing, Hezza’ magazine company. This is Crick’s take on Entwistle: “I vividly recall him saying that our job every day was to come in and ask ourselves: “How can we f*** the government today?” Now I should stress that by ‘government’, Entwistle didn’t mean the specific government at that time (which was the Blair administration) but people in power in general, and he thought it was our duty to hold them to account. I thought it was a great maxim for journalists.” You certainly can’t imagine Thompson or Richards saying that about a Labour government. Perhaps, at long last, we are about to see a shift in the Beeb’s Left-liberal mindset.