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Nigel Farage skewered on LBC


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new issue of private eye has further on this story.


"If one media appearance can truly be said to have led the news agenda in the week before the Euro elections, it was the car crash interview Nigel Farage endured with James O'Brien on LBC.


Viewed more than 280,000 times on YouTube, where it was live streamed, and the subject of hundreds of news stories in the national and European media, it was almost certainly the biggest hit the London-based station has ever enjoyed. And yet last week there was not a trace of it on the LBC website's homepage, or indeed on its "Best Bits" page, where it was still carrying audio of a more sympathetic 21 February interview with the Ukip leader instead.


TV producers who asked permission to use footage of the interview had their requests flatly denied. While O'Brien was allowed to write his own account of the encounter for the following weekend's Mail on Sunday, sources at the paper say this only came after delicate negotiations with his bosses, who would have preferred it not to appear.


When the station hosted the rather more Farage-flattering debate with Nick Clegg back in March, it could barely shut up about it. The LBC website, and the Twitter feed of Ashley Tabor, boss of LBC owner Global Radio, are still filled with reams of enthusiastic guff about it. Last week Tabor chose to tweet a photo of his dog instead.


Could LBC's management be revealing its own political inclinations? We may have to wait for awards season - when stations submit their own nominations for the shows they think deserve rewarding - to find out."

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