Do you share his pain?

Despite paying annual salaries of hundreds of thousand of pounds, Mark Thompson claimed it was “extremely hard” to fill executive roles as the broadcaster tried to cut costs. In the past year, the BBC has pledged to reduce what it pays in some executive roles after repeated criticism. 

Mr Thompson is trying to find a new director of television after Jana Bennett left the public service part of the BBC to join BBC Worldwide, its commercially-funded arm. Miss Bennett’s remuneration in the last financial year was £517,000, but it is understood that the salary on offer to her replacement could be less than £400,000. 

Even so, Mr Thompson told a House of Lords committee yesterday that it was “not true” to say there was a “long queue of people” for top positions. “It’s extremely hard now to fill senior jobs in the BBC and increasingly remuneration is a factor,” he insisted.

Maybe we should all offer to pass the hat around for the £3bn a year poverty strucken BBC?

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8 Responses to MORE?

  1. My Site (click to edit) says:

    Thompson almost manages to make Bob Crow appear to be in touch with reality!


  2. Stuart Allen says:

    An ideal oportunity for all those meedja studies graduates I would have thought.


  3. cjhartnett says:

    Belive that Andrew Marr has some of our readies to offer back to Mark-something about child maintainance he no longer has to pony up!


  4. Phil says:

    Why not advertise the job at the minimum wage?

    Could the successful applicant do any worse than overseeing the mass manufacture of total trash like Eastenders, Casualty, Cash in the Attic and Celebrity Cash in the Attic, and dozens of similar programmes of the lowest possible quality?


  5. NotaSheep says:

    I’ll do the job for £200,000 a year but then I might not be of the right political persuasion. I fail two of Andrew Marr’s criteria being neither young nor gay and I fear that my etnic minority is not one that the BBC wishes to boost.


    • Grant says:

      I was just about to post that I would do these non-jobs for half the price !


  6. dave s says:

    That man Thompson  is overdue a reality check. I suspect his whining is a barefaced attempt to justify his own vastly excessive wage. How many times the PM’s salary? 5 or 6.
    He has no conception of just how this overpaid class of bureaucrats, bankers and the rest of the parasites is resented by the rest of us.
    None of them do ,
    A real Ancien regime and look how that ended.


  7. Demon1001 says:

    And the BBC have the chutzpah to criticise “greedy bankers”.  Not many bankers would turn down £400,000 per annum.