Newsnight boss Ian Katz sorry for calling MP ‘boring snoring’
Labour demands written apology after Katz slips up in first fortnight as BBC Newsnight editor
IAN KATZ has been Newsnight editor for barely a fortnight and already he is having to apologise for publicly describing one of the show’s guests as "boring snoring".
Katz, the former Guardian deputy editor, was trying to send a private message on Twitter about Labour’s shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves, when he accidentally broadcast it to his 26,000 followers.
His remarks appear to be in response to a message about the programme, on which Reeves was talking about zero-hours contracts and the UK economy.
"Tnks ... except for boring snoring Rachel reeves ... playout was fun tho, wasn't it?" he wrote. "telly MUCH netter [sic] than snooooozepapers innit"
Reeves later replied saying "Thanks..."
Katz’s message was soon deleted and he apologised on Twitter, reports The Times.
"Accidentally sent v ill-judged tweet referring to @RachelReevesMP's appearance on NN. Thought was DM but in any circs wrong. Have apologised," he said.
Guido Fawkes claims Labour wrote to Katz today expressing its "anger and disappointment" at the tweet and demanding a "full written public apology" by the end of the day.
"It is vitally important that the Labour Party, our Shadow Cabinet and Newsnight viewers have confidence in the impartiality and fairness of your programme, and the criteria on which guests and interviews are judged," a spokesman allegedly wrote.
"This incident undermines that confidence and it is important that this is redressed."
Katz, who was appointed /Newsnight/ editor in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, had worked at the Guardian for more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent, features editor and editor of the Saturday Guardian.
Accidentally panning a guest behind their back is "hardly the most dignified of starts", says The Spectator’s gossip columnist Mr Steerpike. "While Rachel Reeves is undoubtedly tedious, it’s hardly a good idea to actually say it." ·