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Sarah Smith: the Sunday Politics host with her own political pedigree

The presenter taking over from Andrew Neil is used to accusations of Labour bias as the daughter of former leader John Smith

It was Sarah Smith’s “political expertise and pedigree” that convinced BBC bosses the broadcaster’s Scotland editor was the perfect replacement for Andrew Neil as Sunday Politics presenter.

There is her professional pedigree as a hugely experienced and respected journalist with a string of high profile posts at Channel 4 and the BBC under her belt. Then there is her family pedigree, as daughter of the late Labour leader John Smith. It is always the latter seized on by critics keen to prove left-leaning BBC bias. It has happened before, and it is happening again.

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Andrew Marr webchat – your questions answered on Brexit, the BBC and the Beatles

The writer and broadcaster weighed in on everything from driverless cars and the odds of Scottish independence to his controversial interview with Marine Le Pen

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Thanks to Marr for joining us, and thank you to everyone who posted questions.

Thanks for all the questions – I hope I've managed to answer a fair range of the topics that you've raised. However angry you are with me, try us again one Sunday morning, and don't forget, The History of Modern Britain - post-Brexit edition! Goodbye, and good luck.

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Shanvaus asks:

Do you believe that the UK would gain from a significant push towards placing more economic power in the hands of the regions post-Brexit? Would an economic treaty incorporating Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the EU but linked politically to the UK work?

Yes. I think London is grossly overheated and other parts of the country under-resourced and supported.
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Kelvin MacKenzie cleared over 'Jockestan' jibe about Nicola Sturgeon

Former Sun editor’s description of the Scottish first minister on BBC’s The Daily Politics show will not face investigation despite nearly 80 complaints

The media regulator has decided not to launch an investigation into Kelvin MacKenzie referring to Nicola Sturgeon as the “lady who runs Jockestan” on BBC2’s The Daily Politics show, after deciding that the comment was “justified by the context”.

Ofcom received almost 80 complaints from members of the public who found the comment about Scotland’s first minister offensive.

Related: Kelvin MacKenzie scorns the Conservatives in favour of a new party

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Nick Clegg calls for Prime Minister's Questions axe: 'It's a farce'

Nick Clegg has called for Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) to be axed.

The deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader branded the weekly session, in which the prime minister takes policy questions from fellow MPs across the political spectrum, "an absolute farce", and said that it isn't a good use of parliamentary time.

During his appearance on John Pienaar's Sunday Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday (January 18), Clegg was questioned about his "uncomfortable" appearance during a discussion about TV debates at PMQs.

"Well, awkward? How much more awkward can you get? You have to sit to listen to your two main rivals tear strips off each other, and you're not allowed to say anything! Of course it's awkward," he replied, chuckling.

"It's ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. The whole thing should be scrapped. It's an absolute farce, Prime Minister's Questions."

When pressed on whether he would continue to sit next to his coalition partner,
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BBC Newsnight recruits ITV's Laura Kuenssberg

ITV business editor to return to the corporation as chief correspondent and presenter, as Gavin Esler leaves the show

Newsnight has lured ITV's business editor Laura Kuenssberg back to the BBC in a new role as the BBC2 programme's chief correspondent and presenter, as Gavin Esler leaves the show.

The BBC said Kuenssberg would regularly take the presenter's chair on the show, joining an on-air team that includes Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark and Emily Maitlis. The BBC said Esler will leave the show in January, with Kuenssberg due to arrive the following month.

Esler has been a presenter on Newsnight since 2003 and was previously one of the faces of the BBC News channel. The BBC said he would leave the show in January but could not confirm what he will do next.

Kuenssberg is expected to anchor Newsnight about once a week.

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Andrew Neil calls Alex Jones an idiot in Sunday Politics clash

Us shock jock lambasted by BBC TV presenter after interrupting fellow guest to warn viewers over 'Bilderberg Group puppeteers'

The BBC's Sunday Politics show is generally a rather sedate affair, heavy on serious interviews and light on controversy. But viewers were treated to a highly charged confrontation between host Andrew Neil and Us conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, which saw the latter labelled the worst person to be interviewed on the show and an idiot.

The shock jock had been invited on the show alongside journalist David Aaronovitch to discuss the secretive Bilderberg conference, which has been taking place near Watford over the past week.

But having been asked on several occasions to let his co-guest speak, Jones launched into a tirade about several conspiracy theories detailed on his website.

He was cut off by Neil, but when he continued to rant, the presenter said: "You are the worst person I've ever interviewed,
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Radio host Alex Jones rants on Sunday Politics, Neil calls him an idiot

American 'shock jock' Alex Jones launched into a rant on live television this morning (June 9).

The Us broadcaster - known for his conspiracy theories and support of gun ownership - appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics show to discuss the recent meeting of Bilderberg group members.

Jones stated his belief that the group of business leaders, politicians and policy makers is actually a firm that secretly governs the world.

He explained to host Andrew Neil that the creation of the euro was a "Nazi German plan", and that "Bilderberg is heavily involved in the EU plan" and "it is a Nazi plan".

"We have forced them from cover to admit they're puppeteers above the major parties," he added.

Guest David Aaronovitch, who has written about conspiracy theorists like Jones, queried: "[If the group are so powerful] why are you still alive?"

However, Jones insisted that he had received calls threatening "to cut [his] head off" after speaking about a previous Bilderberg meeting.
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Is Newsnight editor's job proving a poisoned chalice? | Media Monkey

It is one of the most prestigious jobs in broadcasting, but there doesn't appear to be a surplus of candidates beating a path to Tony Hall's door to be the next Newsnight editor. The deadline for receipt of applications was 8 February. Almost three months on there still don't appear to be any interviews scheduled. That's despite strong rumours last week that four had been shortlisted – Robbie Gibb, editor of The Daily and Sunday Politics; Jasmin Buttar, deputy editor of the Today programme; John Mullin, ex-editor of the Independent on Sunday; and Chris Birkett, the recently departed deputy head of Sky News. It is understood that Buttar hasn't gone for the job, making it a field of three. After the convulsions the show endured last autumn with the Savile investigation that never saw the light of day and the libelling of Lord McAlpine, prospective candidates could be forgiven for not
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Live television is 'a high-wire act with no safety net'

TV host Ortis Deley was dropped this week as Channel 4's main presenter of its world athletics coverage after an excruciating series of blunders. Jon Henley talks to other broadcasting veterans about the thrill, the adrenaline - and the nightmare of going live

It's tough, live TV. We tend to forget it these days, perhaps because there's so much of the stuff, but anyone in doubt need only ask Ortis Deley. Until this week the 38-year-old broadcaster, first talent-spotted as a contestant on Blind Date, had enjoyed a blameless career, mainly in children's and youth programmes on cable stations and at the BBC. For the past two years, he had co-presented Channel 5's The Gadget Show.

Now, following several hundred complaints and an excruciating three-minute YouTube compilation entitled Ortis Deley's Presenting Masterclass, he is probably better known as the man Channel 4 dropped as the main presenter of
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BBC's Laura Kuenssberg to join ITV

Corporation's political correspondent to become rival's business editor, contributing to news bulletins and Tonight

ITV News has snapped up one of the rising stars of BBC news, political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, to take the newly created role of business editor.

Kuenssberg, chief political correspondent for the BBC News channel and one of the TV stars of the 2010 general election coverage, will join ITV in September and contribute to the broadcaster's ITV1 bulletins and current affairs strand Tonight.

She is also one of the most high profile UK journalists on Twitter, using the social networking service to deliver breaking news.

Kuenssberg said: "The BBC has been an integral part of my life for more than a decade and I will always be grateful for the experiences I have been given. But while families round the UK cope with the squeeze and the country grapples with making its living, moving to cover
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