BBC Reports Detail Salaries, Expenses, 'Taste And Standards'
June 26, 2009 at 5:08 AM (PT)
The BBC released details of five years' worth of its salaries and expenses, responding to criticism in the wake of the scandal regarding expenses by Members of Parliament and the Digital BRITAIN report proposing "top-slicing" revenues from the license fee and redirecting the money to help competitors offer local news across the country.
The network listed the top-50 salaries among its non-executive-board employees, with the new Director of NORTH OF ENGLAND Operations PETER SALMON, topping the list at between 370,000 and 400,000 pounds.
Among the revelations in the expense report is that Dir. General MARK THOMPSON spent over 3,500 pounds to fly back to LONDON in the middle of vacations interrupted by scandals (including "SACHSGATE"); several purchases of champagne, flowers, and meals at expensive restaurants.
'Taste And Standards' Report Released
The BBC also released its report this week on "taste and standards" in the wake of "SACHSGATE," the controversy that arose after a prank call incident involving RUSSELL BRAND and JONATHAN ROSS on BRAND's now-canceled BBC RADIO 2 show. The report said that shows "must never condone malicious intrusion, intimidation, and humiliation ... celebrated for the purposes of entertainment."
It also concluded that swearing in the 9-10p hour should be stopped except for good reason; the 9p hour is the first hour of the "watershed" (safe harbor) for otherwise impermissible material. Among the BEEB's properties, RADIO 1 was at the bottom of listener satisfaction ratings regarding taste and standards, with a 19% satisfaction rate, as opposed to BBC1 television, which had a 61% positive rate.