Team Boris threatens to ban Tory ministers from BBC's Today programme

Mail Online | 8/17/2019 | Harry Cole Deputy Political Editor;James Heale For The Mail On Sunday
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It's the BBC's flagship radio news show and politicians normally queue up to get on.

But Government Ministers could be banned from appearing on Radio 4's Today programme – on the orders of No 10.

Mail - Sunday - Downing - Street - Director

The Mail on Sunday has learnt that new Downing Street Director of Communications Lee Cain has told staff he considers the show a 'total waste of time'.

He has told his army of Whitehall spin doctors and special advisers to ignore it – and to refuse to put up Ministers to appear on it.

Strategy - Street - Enforcer - Vote - Leave

His strategy has been backed by Downing Street enforcer and Vote Leave mastermind Dominic Cummings who told a No 10 staff meeting last week: 'I never listened to the Today programme for the entire year of the referendum and I intend to repeat this while I am here.'

And he urged colleagues to avoid the programme too, 'unless they change format and actually start exploring serious subjects in a serious way'.

Relations - Downing - Street - Morning - News

Relations between Downing Street and the early morning news show are at historic lows not seen since the days of Tony Blair's 'dodgy dossier' and the Hutton Inquiry in 2003.

During Mr Johnson's successful campaign for No 10 the Today programme was notably snubbed by him, as was the BBC's heavyweight Sunday morning Andrew Marr Show.

Mr - Johnson - Interviews - Campaign - TV

Mr Johnson's only major interviews during the campaign were on TV with the Corporation's political editor Laura Kuenssberg and Sky News's political host Sophy Ridge.

His only major radio interview was on Today's Radio 4 rival The World At One – a decision that infuriated BBC executives.

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