I grew up with the bbc and was a supporter of it for most of my life – far preferable to the Murdoch Muck Empire that wants to push the BBC aside, so that he can continue his pernicious threat to free speech and Democracy.
But I am fallen out of Love with the BBC
1)CEO Mark Thompson allowed to pay himself ‘telephone number salaries’ without due oversight by Chris Patton and the BBC ‘Trust’. There’s a joke ‘Trust’
Thompson should have been prosecuted for theft from the Licence payers, instead of which he was allowed to escape to America to take up another vast monthly salary – in the same way as the Government allowed Murdoch’s son to escape back to America over the phone-hacking scandal – you remember James Murdoch – the one who said he saw no reason to question his being asked to sign a cheque for £250,000 to pay for private investigators carrying out phone-hacking on behalf of his organisation. HE said he was ‘Totally innocent’
It’s funny, isn’t it how the really Big Fish always escape prosecution, while the little minnows way below, take ‘The Rap’.
Now why did I start this Blog today – ah, yes.
2)Over the years, I’ve realised – (that while the rest of us can expect to have 3,4 or even 5 different jobs in our lifetime) – that Oxbridge and/or Nepotism is the key to a Grossly overpaid BBC job – for Life, with a big, fat Pension at the end.
e.g. Justin Webb – illegitimate son of an old BBC news presenter; Julia Somerfield (Lady Dixon) – grand daughter of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville.
I am heartily sick of switching on the T.V. or Radio and hearing David Mitchell or his SLUT of a wife Victoria Coren Mitchell (some ‘Roll-Model’!and deceased Alan Coren Nepotism ) hosting or being in a stupid new game show, a crass so-called ‘comedy’ show or doing a nice little ‘voice-over’ earner.
Do those pair own the Fucking BBC ? Couldn’t we have a little less unemployment if the BBC set an example by spreading the jobs around to the unemployed, instead of those two monopolising virtually everything?
It’s the same nepotism with Benedict Cumberbatch (son of the once delectable Wanda Ventham – who he certainly hasn’t inherited his ‘looks’ from) or Sam West – son of Timothy West and the sadly now Demented Prunella Scales.
I could go on…but, with the rest of us finding jobs ‘hard-to-come-by, wouldn’t it be fair and nice if the BBC – (OWNED BY THE LICENCE PAYERS) – spread the jobs around a lot more, stopped it’s OXBRIDGE/and or Nepotism recruitment and limited the length of a job with the BBC to say – 15 years, before they had to leave and get another job like the rest of us.
There’s John Humphrys (who must own half of Wales by now) getting some £750,000/year of OUR money as he continues to Rant on everyday well into his 70’s.
3) Over-manning. Why do we need two over-paid presenters on the Breakfast sofa requiring no more talent than to read off an auto-cue, alternately. We only ever used to have one newsreader behind a desk : but we’ve got over-paid air-heads like the talentless Louise Minchin and equally pathetic Charlie Stayt trying to act out as a second-rate amateur ‘comedy’ double act. It’s the NEWS that I’m interested in, not Abbot and Costello or a very poor old music-hall act.
And why does the BBC have so many living-overseas all-expenses paid (by us) reporters in the same country working for different BBC T.V. and Radio channels. Couldn’t they have just one reporter per area (maybe 2 in the USA). Such profligate waste of money – our money !
Can we not expect a bit – nay – a LOT more fairness from a broadcasting company that we – the licence payers own ?
But the BBC will not accept any criticism when you e-mail them. Their whole complaints system is a ‘SHAM’ – just to appear to conform with modern day Political correctness.
Value for money is what I want from the BBC in the morning, – not second rate comedy double acts with mindless banter obscuring the really important issues of the day.