BBC staff, underpaid as they are, as we all know, are having trouble making ends meet.
In order to keep body and soul together they have been forced to take second jobs. A bit of baby sitting, bar work at the local tavern, stacking shelves on the night shift at Tescos you might think.
Not a bit of it…they are running large scale corporate enterprises whilst at the same time carrying out their duties at the BBC….at least you would hope so.
Commons to probe BBC second jobs: Fury over the £270,000-a-year corporate boss who somehow found the time to set up a coffee chain
But all that makes reporting and challenging something like this rather difficult for any BBC journo when taking to task a politician for the same doubling up of jobs.
Labour has called for a ban on MPs holding paid directorships and consultancies during an opposition debate – but the government dismissed the party’s motion as “chaff”.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said there should be no doubt in the public’s mind that MPs are there to serve them, “and not diverted into defending their own private personal interests”.
The BBC executive responsible for an IT debacle which has ‘wasted’ more than £100 million of licence fee-payers’ money has been allowed to hold down a second job while working for the corporation.
John Linwood, currently suspended from his £280,000-a-year post as BBC head of technology, became a non executive director of a private technology firm called DRS in January last year. He was paid £28,000 by the firm in 2012.
Sure he never took his eye off the ball once.
Nothing new of course to the BBC’s double standards and conflicts of interest when their own chaotic management suddenly finds itself in the spot light and held up for comparison to the very thing they have been castigating for example on the Today programme…such as government employees being paid as private companies with all the possible tax advantages that might have…only to find that the BBC had forced its own stars to use exactly the same format…but of course the BBC insisted there were absolutely no tax benefits for its staff….which makes you wonder what all the fuss was about then…from the very same BBC.
Just hope the new coffee chain enterprise, ‘Here’, pays its corporate taxes.
Perhaps the BBCers can get some tips from their colleagues at the Guardian on how to run a coffee based enterprise:
Oh…perhaps not as Guido tells us:
At the time of going to pixel, before Guardian Coffee sadly removed their data infographic from the internet, on their big opening day they had sold just 60 coffees. Another Guardian financial success…