Andrew Neil

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Registered Interests

From Parliament.uk[1]

  • Chairman, Press Holdings Media Group (The Spectator, Spectator Health, Life, Money & Australia; and Apollo, the international arts magazine).
  • Chairman, ITP Magazine Group (Dubai) (ITP Media GroupWikipedia-W.svg, https://www.itp.com/).
  • Chairman, The Addison Club (London)
  • Director, Glenburn Enterprises Ltd (provides media and consultancy services).
  • Fees for speaking at, hosting or chairing an event were received from the following organisations:
    • IBC (annual trade fair for global broadcasters) International Broadcasting ConventionWikipedia-W.svg;
    • Credit Services Association (industry body for credit services and debt collection);
    • Jefferies (investment bank);
    • Pega Systems (Boston-based software provider);
    • KPMG (global financial services);
    • Construction News (publication for the construction industry);
    • British Growth Fund (provides long-term capital to fast-growing UK companies);
    • Association of Pension Providers (trade body for pensions industry);
    • Retail Motor Industry Association (represents vehicle dealers);
    • Chairman’s Group (private association of company chairmen);
    • HSBC (global bank);
    • White & Case (city law firm);
    • Aberdeen Asset Management (global asset management);
    • Exponent (private equity company);
    • Christie & Co (property advisory service);
    • Mayer Brown (global law firm);
    • Titlestone (property finance company);
    • Knight Frank (global estate agent);
    • EY (global accountancy and consultancy service);
    • Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (trade body which provides support for procurement and supply management);
    • Pipeline Industries Guild (trade body for pipeline industries);
    • SES (European satellite provider);
    • Barnet Waddington (provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services);
    • Digital TV Group (association of digital TV broadcasters);
    • BNP Paribas (global banking group);
    • Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations (group of private individuals based in Greater Philadelphia area interested in foreign policy);
    • Raymond Jones (financial services company);
    • Incisive Media (information and events business).

Articles

  • Apr.12.2018: Owen Jones Right To Diss Brillo. There has been much pearl-clutching out there on the right following a Guardian opinion piece by left-leaning pundit Owen Jones titled “If the BBC is politically neutral, how does it explain Andrew Neil?” with the sub-heading “He symbolises the rightwing domination of our media. lthough Jones does not call for Neil to be removed from his role at the Beeb, or even suggest such a move, the hair-trigger response from The Great Man shows that he and his pals are scared witless that this is the real agenda behind the article. Jones mentions Neil’s attitude towards the science of climate change: here we find an example of the BBC being used to promote what is called the sceptical side of the argument. Neil’s role in the now infamous Daily Politics live resignation affair needs to be taken into account. Thanks to an internal BBC blog on the event being made more widely available, we know rather more about the on-air resignation of Labour MP Stephen Doughty from Jeremy Corbyn’s team that might have been the case. And there is the small matter of the Addison Club. Sure, this exclusive private dining club, which Neil chairs, is not otherwise connected to the BBC, but its activities, exposed partly by the revelations of Brexit evangelist Arron Banks, are hardly going to inspire confidence in those defending the BBC’s political neutrality. On top of all that, there is Neil’s continuing role as chairman of the Spectator, a magazine which majors in climate change denial and increasingly virulent Islamophobia (and still employs the services of anti-Semite Taki Theodoracopulos). (more ...) Tim Fenton, Zelo Street.
  • Apr.11.2018: If the BBC is politically neutral, how does it explain Andrew Neil?. He symbolises the rightwing domination of our media. Yet a politics presenter as aligned to the left would not be tolerated. Neil has no moral authority on this issue. In 1992, he hired Britain’s foremost Holocaust denier, Nazi apologist David Irving, to work on the Goebbels diaries. Neil made a speech in homage to rightwing radical Friedrich Hayek... He presented the Daily Politics show wearing a tie emblazoned with the logo of the hardcore neoliberal Adam Smith Institute. His editor was Robbie Gibb, a former adviser to Michael Portillo. Neil’s Twitter account – which has hundreds of thousands of followers thanks to his BBC gig – is routinely used to promote rightwing causes. He uses this platform to denounce the scientific consensus on climate change, reviling what he calls "the climate mafia. When he was Sunday Times editor, his newspaper ran a series of articles arguing that HIV did not cause Aids. His Twitter feed, too, reveals a relentless sympathy for Brexit and denunciation of its critics. He once called "for a reorientation of British foreign policy away from Europe towards Asia and Latin America" and "unilateral free trade, regardless of the policy in Brussels". As a general rule, he reserves his ideological assaults for the left. Many on the left fear that any critique of Auntie will play into the hands of a rightwing that would privatise and gut the BBC if it could. The Media Reform Coalition has suggested a series of proposals, such as freeing the BBC from all govt interference and a BBC board elected by licence-payers and BBC staff. At the very least, as the case of Neil underlines, the left – which, after all, represents millions of Britons – must stop accepting its continued media marginalisation as just one of those things. It isn’t – and it must change. Owen Jones, The Guardian.
  • Sept.23.2017: You're watching BBC£ ...the more I have learned about the lives and histories and incomes of the people the BBC sees fit to promote to its most important and influential positions... Evan Davis, Sarah Montague, Mark Urban... I have had my attention drawn to the latest update of the UK Parliament’s Register of Journalists’ Interests — the purpose of which is to make clear to voters and lawmakers alike the significant financial involvements of those in the media who have access to and report upon what happens in Parliament. let’s consider one of the ‘big boys’, I refer to the sickening Andrew Neil — the former Murdoch insider whose relentless sneering at Jeremy Corbyn and everything connected with him is merely the most revolting of the various overlooked sacking offences that pepper the BBC’s Daily Politics and Sunday Politics TV programmes. Why would the egregious Andrew Neil work so hard to defend concentrated private capital against the popularly endorsed, democratically legitimated efforts of those who would seek to make it somewhat less concentrated and a little less private? Well, if you look at the entry for his ‘Other Relevant Gainful Occupation' in our Parliamentary Register, you’ll see some information that just possibly may give you an idea. And, in fact, if you look through the rest of the Register as well, you’ll even find that no-one else has an entry that is remotely as long as his. All pals together! Grant Shapps (aka ‘Michael Green’), Andrew Neil, David Cameron and Fraser Nelson at The Spectator‘s summer reception — The Spectator being a property of Press Holdings Media Group, whose Chairman is Andrew Neil (photo). Mark Doran, MarkDoran's Blog.
  • Nov.25.2016: Guess which prominent BBC presenter owns an apartment at Trump World Towers? In 2004, Andrew F. Neil created a US "Glenburn America Incorporated",[2] of which he is the CEO. Glenburn America Inc. then paid $3.2 million[3] for an apartment on the 78th floor of 845 United Nations Plaza - the address for Trump World Towers. A press officer from the BBC said that Neil has only met Trump twice, and "they do not have a relationship in a personal capacity". Political Scrapbook.

References

  1. ^ Register of Journalists' Interests, as at Mar.07.2018 Parliament.uk, Jun.2017.
  2. ^ OpenGovUS, New York State Department of State, accessed Feb.09.2018
  3. ^ New York City Department of Finance, Office of the City Register, accessed Feb.09.2018