This was sent my way! Well worth a read…

“I assume you’venoticed BBC outrage re the Student Loans Company. 
e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16854187

It reminds me of this story from 1993.

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  1. Martin says:

    Ah well he’s a socialist so that’s OK


  2. Martin says:

    I love this bit:-

    A BBC source said that by being paid this way, Mr Birt would save the BBC from paying National Insurance on his salary. He added: ‘All these efficiency measures to which we are submitting ourselves are being driven by him. As you can see, he has a certain amount of expertise in this area.’
    An Inland Revenue spokeswoman said she could not comment about an individual’s tax affairs, but the BBC was treated like any other employer. ‘Whether you are self-employed or PAYE is a matter of fact and that is all,’ she said.

    So he was saving the BBC money, how nice of him, Ed Lester are you reading this?


  3. john in cheshire says:

    And wasn’t Mr Birt given a knighthood? Should he also have it taken away; together with his bespoke suits?


  4. cjhartnett says:

    Let`s see who -if anybody-will be asking Dimblebys Major/Minor about if they too have some sweetheart arrangement with the BBC…or their political arm (which is the Labour Party) will be looking into Paxo, Humph, Marr etc.
    Let`s hope that they`re not guilty eh?…and let`s hope that Clarkson is-if he`s not hooky, then I`ll feel let down!


  5. cjhartnett says:

    And so to Newsnight.
    Meg Hillier namedrops the programme-and the soundbite has just been on, as you`d expect from the BBC.
    The reporter-Peter Marshall-then shows her the Newsnight script or suchlike-and asks her opinion about who is to blame.
    Before Marshall we had 4 Labour MPs filmed questionning Danny Alexander…and now we have Emily Maitlis, asking Margaret Hodge about the topic too( Tories refused to show up for the pillory two nights running now…spineless hmm?).
    All seems to have occured since the weekend then…but Hodge isn`t phased by the charge that Labour might have rather been doing the same….let`s give the BBC/Labour types some time to burn the evidence presumably!


  6. cjhartnett says:

    Owen Jones straplined as “author” then on Newsnight…heck, we too will be needing perpetual updating on BBC bias at this rate!


  7. My Site (click to edit) says:

    Nurse… nurse… I need the FoI exclusion again.. stat!


  8. Louis Robinson says:

    This is what we know about DG’s salaries: In 1982 Alasdair Milne’s received £80,000. Since then this figure has risen relentlessly through Michael Checkland, John Birt and Greg Dyke till presently Mark Thompson’s pay is £834,000 a year. He is the highest paid employee of any public sector organisation in the UK.

    Now – what do we NOT know?