The BBC needs every penny of that £3.5bn it steals from us each year. I mean, it does such invaluable work.

The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds on teaching staff how to use Facebook. The corporation is holding classes for large numbers of its 23,000 workforce, despite the fact that using the social networking site is second nature to millions. Hundreds of BBC workers have already signed up for the sessions, in which they learn how to set up accounts on Facebook, as well as Twitter and Bebo.

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  1. rainbow.64 says:

    Not my money! When my last analogue telly packed up 4 or 5 years ago, I found that I didn’t really need to replace it. Anything I want to see – pretty much, nothing – is generally available on iPlayer, but the real sense of satisfaction comes when you get to tell the BBC Licence Gestapo to ‘go stuff themselves with a latex banana’ on their regular visits to your humble unlicensed abode. Televisionlessness – the way ahead. And of course you get to choke off the bounteous lifeblood of the BBC at source.


  2. NotaSheep says:

    BBC staff need training on how to use Facebook! How stupid are they? Most teenagers I know seem to have it down to fine art, without any training.


  3. anon says:

    I thought they were the members of the groups that support Islam/Palestine/Obama/Destruction of Israel/Labour


  4. Martin says:

    Don’t forget the endless lectures and talks that beeboids give to the Guardian staffers


  5. Asuka Langley Soryu says:

    So not only do you have to pay for the privilege of having Beeboids be unproductive and waste their time on social networking sites, you also have to pay to show them how to do it. Become a BBC employee, become exceptional at wasting other people’s money. Assholes, the lot of them.


  6. matthew rowe says:

    This has pr/propoganda all over it ! fill network sites full of pro beebers and control the sites agenda !


  7. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Wasn’t there some complaint a while back that too many Beeboids were spending too many work hours and using company computers to do this crap?


  8. Guest says:

    To be fair, quite a few do seem to have felt, and mentioned this might not have been the best use of limitless funds in a recessionary period.

    Though being charged for bozo whose salary I already pay to offer their views or rabble rouse on various other news media (Oddly polarised between Daily Mail and house journal) or politics they don’t happen to like under a bbc banner is rather insult over injury.

    Especially when, 9 times out of 10, it is advertising some event that their exposure on a national news organisation has made worth it to pay ’em extra to attend.

    Nice work if handed on a silver platter.


  9. ryan says:

    Why dont they read the help section on Facebook, or look at any number of free resources online. This is an absolute disgrace.. they are totally out of control and this sort of thing wastage needs to stop.

    Of course they will use the “art and journalism” defense for any sticky FoI questions.


  10. ibjc says:

    Guarantee that a partner of a staff member is running the courses.
    More manna from heaven.


  11. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Ha! Nearly half the BBC has been on Facebook for two and a half years.  This is a scam of some kind.  My vote is with ibjc’s comment above.


  12. Millie Tant says:

    Ah, so according to David Preiser’s link, it’s this sort of social network they used for that slot on Newsnight where they addressed an issue raised by a viewer.


    For instance, the domestic BBC Two news magazine show Newsnight and the BBC Mundo ¿Hablas español? blog created official groups to connect with their audiences; the prior has asked its group members for story ideas with an invitation in the title, “Get Yourself on Newsnight!”  Further, the new iPlayer — which is in beta — now has an application on the social networking site that allows users to rate and share their favorite BBC programs.



    • George R says:

      “BBC to splash out £1m on World Cup studio in Cape Town… 1,000 miles from tournament hub ”

      Read more:


    • deegee says:

      We had a similar problem at a former employers. In a campaign to attract French subscribers the advertising agency wanted $20,000 to take a film crew to Paris for authenticity. My boss exploded, bought a high-res picture of the Eiffel Tower from a picture agency and filmed the whole thing against a blue screen in a local studio. Total cost under $5,000. No one knew and to tell the truth no one cared.

      Through technology the BBC could work out of London and have Table Mountain in the background or for that matter Mount Fujiyama at a savings of thousands of pounds. Why is there no financial oversight at the BBC or is it like the case of the Beatles tapes? The BBC threw away most of the recorded music but kept the lunch voucher records.


  13. deegee says:

    Could this be an expenses trick? Many companies take staff on outings to somewhere pleasant, hire someone to give a brief lecture on something entertaining and tangentally related to the company business, and then write it off as training expenses.


  14. George R says:

    BBC World Services ARABIC TV channel – Broadcasting House, East wing (Mecca-facing), London, is HQ for propaganda for Islam in the Middle East; -no cuts in recession; – BBC taxpayers’ pay:

    Here’s BBC ‘s Ms. LANDOR, of Lebanon, head of BBC World Services’ Middle East region:


     “Will the Arabic Service be affected by the plan to downsize the BBC? ”

    BBC’s Ms LANDOR:

     “The downsize plan will only apply to the domestic services of the BBC in Britain. The close down of some stations does not mean that the BBC is in a financial dilemma, even if Britain still suffers from the economic crisis. The plan aspires to circulate the budgets and to employ them in different departments. The close down will not be in the sense of a shutdown, but it is reinvestment of the budgets in other places. The Arabic Service is outside this.”