Darryl Murphy, a politics producer at Channel 4 News, cried foul on Twitter when Liam Fox, after his big speech in Bristol, said he had no time to talk to his organisation as he had to leave early “for health and safety reasons”.
It may well be the trade secretary has become anxious about events of this kind after seeing that awful explosion in The Bodyguard, but he still found the courage to stick around to do two interviews with the BBC, plus ITV, Sky News and Bloomberg.
Mandrake trusts it had nothing to do with the distaste that Robbie Gibb – not the late Bee Gee, but the PM’S comms chief – would appear to have for Channel 4 News. Earlier this year, in an impressive show of solidarity, every national news broadcaster signed a protest letter to Gibb after Theresa May proved unwilling, during the Tory conference, to talk to either Channel 4 News or 5 News. It was the first time in 29 years of reporting conferences that the Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow had been denied the chance to interview the party leader. Ben de Pear,
editor of Channel 4 News,
said it set a “dangerous precedent”.