Wednesday, July 30, 2008

BBC Out Of Control

It's amazing isn't it? BBC bosses have had some huge bonus payments in recent months and today we hear that the BBC is being slapped with a fine of £400,000 by OfCom because of the serious lapses in editorial policy that have taken place. According to Ofcom "The BBC deceived its audience by faking winners of competitions and deliberately conducting competitions unfairly." Now the grossly overpaid Mark Thompson, the BBC Controller justified the bonus payments by saying that senior executives had had their payments cut by up to 40% because of the scandal. Now call me simple, call me anything you like, but why did they get any bonus at all? Surely they get paid a salary for doing the job, a bonus is for doing things way above and beyond what the basic salary is paid for. Let's not forget that these people are paid huge salaries in the first place. Of course Mr. Thompson defends them by saying they could earn vastly more in the private sector. Well I suppose that some people might earn more in the private sector but would all of these people earn that kind of money elsewhere? It's all part of the syndrome that pays some presenters obscene salaries, which confuses these BBC executives into thinking that they live in the real world....they don't.

Something is very wrong with an organization that constantly cuts costs at the sharp end - in programme making - only to continue to reward the out of touch top management with more money. I would love to have a chat with these people who are in charge of one our most precious national assets, who seem to live in a world that has little to do with the real one. The BBC is a great British institution, one that is great because of the rank and file employees, not the people sat at the top that are out of touch and out of control.

5 comments:

mutleythedog said...

Maybe they should give it to Carol Vordermann....

Wolfie said...

I'd like to give it to Carol Vordermann.

Richard Havers said...

What? The BBC?

Calum said...

"Of course Mr. Thompson defends them by saying they could earn vastly more in the private sector." .....

.... But in the private sector huge bonuses are paid and what is their excuse. They could earn more in USA.

The real reason: rich greedy bastards with the opportunity to become even richer greedy bastards.

Colin Campbell said...

Does this kind of stuff make it on to the news?

"BBC Senior Managers were today awarded huge bonuses despite leading the ship in a time of a culture of cheating and corruption to win viewers"

Perhaps only on the ITV