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BBC Management & BBC Trust / Re: Ofcom to replace The BBC Trust
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:15:17 PM »
Hi Mel,

Not really sure what to say. you were , of course right that the BBC faces a hostile Tory government as both sides enter into debate about the future of the BBC. Osbourne is already talking about the BBC financing the free licence fee for over 75s. BBC could not survive that.

The Trust was supposed to represent licence fee payers. But has struggled to make it's position clear over the last few years.
It failed hopelessly over very serious governance issues. Excessive pay offs, DMI and the investigation into Saville etc. I have not read any defensive statement for or from the Trust. Which says it all really. It was a good idea, but ruined by too many staff not bothering to work out what they were for.

The BBC is special it represents a long history of independant public broadcasting for us the public. It is unique in that and we should not let the memory of bad managers turning it into a gravy train blight that. It is worth fighting for.

I am sorry that I have vanished for so long, I am not well.

BBC Management & BBC Trust / Rona under pressure
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:54:38 AM »
Rona Fairhead (Trust Chair) also, of course non executive Director at HSBC. She is under pressure. One cannot help but wonder Why she was appointed, oh yes, to oversee the destruction of the BBC Trust. The only representation that licence fee payers have. Ghastly failure that it has been.

5Live / Jeffrey Archer talks on 5 LIVE.
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:35:24 AM »

I   am sure that we are all frustrated with politics. But this chat that Sarah had with Archer was deeply shocking. luckily time has moved on.

The News Where You Are / Re: Peter Oborne - A Gentleman & A Scholar
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:41:26 PM »
Yes agree.

This was covered on Media Show 18/02

BBC Management & BBC Trust / Meirion JONES leaves BBC
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:31:06 PM »
Do You remember Meirion Jones?

Well he was the Newsnight journalist who decided to expose Savile only to be stopped by Senior Managers who "had been leant on from high"I am very sorry to report that we have no idea who, because a lot of them could not remember very much despite Nick POllard being paid 3 m of licence fee to ask them some questions.

Anyway, Mr Jones has now packed his BBC Bag and has taken a voluntary redundancy. Hmmmm.

So  how does this compare to others involved..

Mark Thompson(Savile who?) remains as editor of NYT(WHO DO NOT SEEM TO MIND Liars)

James Hardy Senior Manager Who believed Jones WAS behind leaks and promised to drip poison onto Jones...
He has been rewarded for this by being promoted to Head of Communications For Journalism.

Peter Rippon Who did more damage to the BBC than any other editor in its history.Is on a cushy number over seeing BBC archive.

Message is pretty clear here. Those who fail to act with honour and drip poison and cannot remember are treated well. Those who are decent journalists caught in a terrible storm have to go. Liz Maclean Jones PARTNER AT nEWSNIGHT also took voluntary redundancy after being told that executives would not put her on air. Peter Horrocks who tried to protect them has resigned.Helen BOADEN who seemed to display cowardice and amnesia of shocking level is  now  Head  of Radio. Pollard is happy to have helped this and will not correct his report. Those who can make him do not want to poke the hive..
I hope that Mr Jones knows that the public value him.

"everyone who wanted to expose Savile was a traitor to the BBC"

This post has to thank Private Eye recent issue for its contribution

BBC Management & BBC Trust / Tony Hall interview to Radio Times
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:39:13 PM »
Tony Hall has given interview to Alison Graham at The RT.Many subjects are covered including election debates.
on this he says " This time around , the debates are going to be more important to democracy than last time" He wants to get to a point where all the party leaders are taking part even at the risk of losing focussed debate to a
cacophony of voices or empty chairing the pm. 

Asked about his troubles(the BBCs) he said that it was not his intention to be constantntly"out of trouble" In this case he saw his trouble as Clarkson and Top Gear...why? (surely it must be Janet Smith keeping him awake?) so TOP  Gear to stay...of course.

Women discussed, he says all the right things here, mentioning that BBCLR IS the way for talent to get through.
Even If we all have to sit through fOOD and Drink presented by middle aged Men only.

he is very proud of the BBC and its dramas,except perhaps the ARCHERS.Which he refers to as "Precious" being spoilt by indistinguishable charactersAND SOAPY PLOTS 
OR "Eastenders in a field" He says that he hopes that Gwyneth Williams (controller R4) will be thinking. (OF what he does not say, but poss Sean O'Connor and all the Troughton family taking over)

Tony then confirms that it is costing 180m to host Match OF The Day and that BBC is saving just 30m on taking BBC3 ONLINE.. Tony says he is giving people what they want.

However at end of interview he says that he loves BBC4 AND THAT IT WILL STAY.Lots more in article all reproduced around the press today with varying degrees of accuracy

John's blog, now with 45 comments, some from current staff continues to be an interesting read.  No one seems to be agreeing with the BBC Spokesperson so far!

Did anyone else note how the BBC Democracy Day didn't appear to exist on Local Radio?
IS this really 3 years ago? In which case it is useful to return it to its original context. JOHN Myers was commissioned to find urgent savings against a background where deep cuts were being mooted ie the networking of afternoon progs and possibly taking 5 LIVE at that time. That would have killed it. Of course, one of his main proposals a fully networked evening show was taken on board by David Holdsworth and is now known as the Mark Forrest Show.

Having said that, He is right about lack of inspiration from managers and the fact they seem to be happy to deliver nothing beyond what keeps them on air. There seems to be no guts at the top, just keep a steady ship. There is no doubt that Mr Myers comments will play well with staff! However, this is a listeners Forum and I remain unconvinced by his general thrust,  BBCLR will never be commercial and neither should it. It remains as public service?

And on my loCAL S&SUSSEX DEMOCRACY DAY WAS MENTIONED AS PART OF THE MAGNA CARTA CELEBRATION ON THE 5 HOUR WITH Peter , he publised the generation 2015 Idea it was fairly well done and I do not think that it was a dump?

Radio 4 / Re: Any Questions - Five Panelists
« on: January 13, 2015, 01:59:06 PM »
yes- well put. programmes like this are far more important in deciding votes than leader debates , I Hope?

The News Where You Are / Re: Cliff Richard reporting
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:12:30 PM »

WELL, WHAT HAVE WE HERE? Seems that at   BBC Towers Nothing Is OF any value, unless it has been through a committee hearing? Defiance or just plain stupid?

HI connor, please can you tell us why Ian lee is the best presenter on BBC LR?


BBC Local Radio Board / Re: Vanessa Feltz: Lovely Listeners Special
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:30:35 PM »

Radio 4 / Re: Radio4 Controller will answer questions on BBCR4 Feedback
« on: December 21, 2014, 08:28:20 PM »
AND she did on Friday 19/12

main subjects.

The Archers serious concern about the new plot lines. Feedback will have the newish ed on in Feb to answer the serious concerns( In my view as an archers protectionist there is considerable justification for concern and a dangerous loss of credibility in some recent stories. If Brookside is sold and Dave and Ruth leave Ambridge I will probably leave too after over 20 years!)

Home Front taking away from You and Yours..hmmmm not sure that Gwyneth made anyone wiser or more comfortable with this?

Most important questions were about how the cuts are being applied to 4 . She said that all output is subject to cuts and the highest cuts ever applied to R4. Gwyneth denied that there was an agenda in place to dumb down to attract a younger more diverse democraphic, but listening to her answers I do not believe her.

Maybe just me.. please judge for yourself.

And please do not forget that pesky little survey from the BBC Trust.

Radio 4 / Re: Just A Girl - BBC Radio 4, 15 Minute Drama
« on: December 20, 2014, 04:32:23 PM »
Thankyou Albert, what a beautiful review.

I also heard this drama during the week and would say it was special in a very good way, your review confirms that.

BBC Management & BBC Trust / Threats, threats and Wimbledon!
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:11:38 PM »

You can see the point of the BBC launching a pre emptive strike to its enemies before Charter renewal etc. BUT, if you threaten to not keep one of the last bits of silver, the BBC are in danger of losing its friends too?

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