Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Top BBC journalist rejects chance to work for Theresa May

Latest news

    View the original article:

    Two BBC journalists are in line to become Prime Minister Theresa May’s new head of communications. However, James Landale, the corporation’s former deputy political editor, has turned down the offer.

    Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, David Cameron, May is looking to the state broadcaster to poach her next head of communications. The vacancy opened up after Katie Perrior resigned in April when May called the snap election.

    Read more

    Media elite: 51% of UK journalists went to private school, more than in 1980s – study

    Robbie Gibb, who handles the BBC’s coverage of Westminster, is one of the candidates for the position.

    Landale was also in the running. However, on Wednesday morning he tweeted: “Parish news: I was asked if I would consider a job at No10. Nice to be asked but have decided not to apply. Have great job at BBC.”

    Cameron’s coms director was Craig Oliver, who rose to fame after revamping the BBC’s News at Ten show and covering the 2010 general election.

    He was the successor of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was forced to resign after being implicated in a phone-hacking scandal.

    During the election campaign, May was assisted by chiefs of staff Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

    They both resigned over the poor handling of May’s election campaign.

    At the time of his resignation, Timothy took responsibility for the party’s embarrassing performance. 

    He specifically took the blame for a U-turn on the social care plan in the Tory manifesto. The plan, branded the ‘dementia tax,’ alienated the party’s core voters and ministers who were not briefed on the policy. 

    Another contender is thought to be Chris Wilkins, May’s director of strategy, although he is not believed to be keen on taking the job permanently.

    In the same category are

    Carpet diplomacy: Iran unveils World Cup-themed rugs to be gifted in Russia (VIDEO) Seven FIFA World Cup-themed Persian carpets and rugs have been unveiled in Tehran ahead of the 2018 tournament in Russia. The silk carpets are to be g...
    Bypassing US sanctions, countering China: Why Modi’s ‘no agenda’ meeting with Putin is anything but Narendra Modi arrives in Sochi for an "agenda-less" meeting with Vladimir Putin, but there won't be time for chit-chat – the two men must save key arm...
    ‘Americans seen as invaders’: Palestinian officials equate US embassy move to Israeli occupation Palestinian politicians have condemned the US for moving its embassy to Jerusalem, likening the move to Israel’s seizure of Palestinian land. Feisal A...
    DOJ to launch probe into Trump campaign ‘infiltration’ by FBI The Department of Justice has formally requested a review into possible abuses of the surveillance application process amid claims the FBI “infiltrate...
    Iraq’s new ‘Kingmaker?’ Nationalist, anti-American cleric scores big parliamentary win A Shia cleric with strong anti-American views is poised to become kingmaker in Iraq. Muqtada al-Sadr's coalition emerged victorious in parliamentary e...
    China’s lunar communication satellite blasts towards moon (VIDEO) China has successfully launched a relay satellite designed to play a crucial role in the Chang'e-4 lunar exploration project by establishing a communi...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *