LORD PATTEN SAYS BBC HAS TOO MANY BOSSES – It will probably come as no surprise to the licence fee payer that Lord Patten stated the BBC is over burdened with management for this is the normal state of affairs in anything ‘public sector’.
According to records there are currently 16,534 members of staff who are managed by over 400 management and executive staff; it is quite frankly an appalling waste of the licence fee payer’s money and yet the BBC is an arcane and draconian institute that feels it is unaccountable to the public.
Lord Patten announced, as the BBC’s Trust chairman, that he wanted to slash more than half of the management and would axe a further 180 jobs in order to tackle the ‘labyrinthine’ structure of BBC management.
After Lord Patten’s condescending performance at the Public Accounts Committee many wonder if Lord Patten himself should face the chop for the British public deserve more from a person reportedly protecting the licence fee payer’s interests; but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
How serious is Lord Patten in his pursuit to streamline the BBC and make it more efficient? It might not come as much of a surprise to learn that the day after Lord Patten made the announcement the BBC revealed that it had hired even more executives in the past year and each of these are receiving more than £200,000 per year plus access to lucrative expense accounts and private health care packages.
Yes it appears to be the classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing but that’s hardly surprising when Lord Patten holds down no less than ten other highly paid jobs.
Lord Patten is first and foremost a skilled politician and therefore he is used to bending the truth, twisting the facts and averting attention away from his own failings. His job, which he obviously doesn’t spend much time at, is to oversee how the BBC is operated and how the licence fee payer’s money is spent.
Yes it is a clear failing when you and your colleagues are forced to appear before a Public Accounts Committee but that, unfortunately, does not indicate change or in fact the sacking of those responsible for the debacle – it is merely a slap on the wrist and a reminder to be more careful on what information is allowed to be released in the future.
Lord Patten also announced that the BBC had cut executive pay, indeed the Director General’s post has seen the salary halved. The BBC is also to reform pensions and phase out lucrative private health care schemes for management and executives.
Whilst Lord Patten talks about profligacy, self-indulgence and waste I wonder if he’ll look at his own position and realise that £110,000 a year for working less than 4 days a week would also be considered at self-indulgent and a waste of licence fee payer’s money – I doubt it very much.