The Telegraph reports that the BBC has lavished £1million building a rooftop studio for its World Cup coverage and then wasted thousands more installing a lift so that Shearer, Lineker and Hansen would not have to walk up three flights of stair. (I suppose Shearer might injure himself?) Hasn’t anyone told the BBC we are in a recession – is the age of austerity to be held at bay at the BBC care of the license tax?

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  1. George R says:

    Appropriately, at ‘This is Money’ (our  BBC licencepayers’ money, in this case):


    “The move has prompted accusations that the BBC is wasting public money on cosseting its commentators.”


    The building has several internal lifts but they only reach the fourth floor. By building a new lift to the roof, the BBC has ensured that its staff will be separated at all times from the public.
    Dr Jacques Hendricks, the hospital’s acting medical superintendent, said: ‘I was at one of their planning meetings and the emphasis was always on security for BBC staff and presenters.
    “Maybe that is because this is a state hospital where many poor people come to our emergency centre, often with gang related and alcohol-related injuries like stabbings and gunshot wounds. ”

    [What, in what the BBC repeated propagandises is the wonderful South Africa of Zuma?]

    “‘The idea of a footbridge and an exterior lift seemed to come directly from their security worries. Or perhaps the BBC guys just don’t want to walk the extra three flights of stairs.'”


    All live studio coverage will be based there” [Cape Town], “despite most major matches, including the final, being played 1,000 miles away in Johannesburg.
    “It is understood that the BBC chose Cape Town because the Johannesburg skyline was considered ‘too ugly’. ”
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  2. DJ says:

    Zut Alors! You mean the Rainbow Nation is not the multi-culti Utopia the Beeb portrays it as?

    I’m shocked – shocked!


  3. PacificRising says:

    You surely don’t expect BBC staff to mix with poor black people?
    That would be above and beyond the call of duty.


  4. Natsman says:

    It’s probably for the myriad of disabled reporters that the BBC are going to employ to report on the World Cup.

    Isn’t it?


  5. Martin says:

    Perhaps the beeboids don’t want to mix with the ‘blacks’ man.


  6. Phil says:

    Why do the pundits have to be in South Africa at all?

    They’ll be sat in their £1m  Capetown studio with its fine lift watching the games on TV. They could do that in a studio in the UK, with none of those nasty CO2 emissions from flights that the BBC is allegedly worried about.


  7. Natsman says:

    Nasty CO2 emissions?  Don’t do as we do, do as we say !!


  8. Charlie says:

        Yes, but the BBC are saving lots here.  Mark Thompson, only receives  £834,000 a year.  So they are making an effort.


  9. Pat says:

    Report in today’s Sunday Express – BBC pays £1,000 a day for Gary Lineker’s security guards…..the bill will be picked up by licence payers for round the clock protection!


    • 1327 says:

      But Pat surely some mistake ! The Beeb has spent the last few months telling us that South Africa is a vibrant rainbow nation where no problems remain. So why does Gary need bodyguards ?

      Its funny because South African expats I know tell me the place is a crime ridden corrupt sh*t hole with a higher murder rate than Iraq. But for some reason the Beeb tells us otherwise.


  10. Martin says:

    So what topic do you think was at the top of fat shit (he’s 26 stones you know) Stephen Nolan tonight? How the BBC is wasting thousands on a lift for overpaid nobodies in South Africa?

    Nope an attack on Simon Cowell, with plenty of sneering about popular TV (of course the BBC doesn’t do light entertainment does it?) and lots of callers saying thank god for the BBC.

    Makes you think doesn’t it? I remember Nolan once complaining when he had to come down to London and stop in a hotel, the 26 stones of blubber went on and on about a Mars bar in the hotel mini bar and should he eat it and how expensive it was. OK Nolan you’re not paying for it. WE are.


  11. John Horne Tooke says:

    Crime in South Africa is extremely high – so why did they get to host the world cup. Could it be political?

    The World Cup and the Olympics are just tools for the politically corrupt organisations that run them. They do not represent the spirit of sport and should be disbanded.

    The BBC though don’t look at the “details” when reporting their favourite nations.
    “The collective authors of the report represent some of the finest people in investigative journalism in South Africa, and reads like a Who’s-Who of the field”


  12. John Horne Tooke says:

    The moreone reads, the more one can understand why the BBC are spending our money on security and why they will not chance gong to Johannesburg. But it would be nice if the BBC explained the resons honestly.


  13. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Don’t worry – the BBC will soon repeat the excuse they gave on election night.  They have more personnel covering the event than the other networks, so it’s really good value for money, innit?


  14. Abolish the BBC says:

    The reason they spend millions sending thousands of dull BBC types are the same reasons they send thousands to cover every nook and cranny of Glastonbury, a great big jolly courtesy of us the victims of their extortion.


  15. John R Smith says:

    As long as they’ve got it, they’ll spend it.

    The only answer is to stop the money.

    Privatise 90% of its activities, keep only a core of news, remove the TV Tax.