Fox flees

The New European - - Agenda -

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”.

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