14 February 2012 1:11 PM
Patten under fire over Bush House farewell
The forthcoming party marking the BBC World Service’s departure from Bush House after 80 years of broadcasting looks set to be more like a wake than a fond farewell.BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten’s invitations have gone out but caused outrage when it emerged that many former staff were not invited to the March 1 event and that non-BBC guests deemed “opinion formers” had been.One former executive considered sufficiently important to figure on the guest list was Sir John Tusa, managing director of the World Service from 1986 to 1993. But Tusa, now chairman of the British Council Clore leadership programme, has declined to attend, dashing off an irate letter to Lord Patten in protest. “Dear Chris,” he writes. “Thank you for your invitation. I will not be attending and I want to tell you why. Despite repeated appeals to WS managers, retired staff have been fobbed off with a variety of pretexts and excuses. “There is now real anger among Bush retirees about their exclusion from any farewell event, and for the massive indifference towards them. These are people with whom I worked for at least 25 years. “I could not possibly attend an event from which they have been shut out. It sticks in the craw.”Signing off, he says the service “should have left Bush House in a blaze of celebration” but that instead “WS management crawl out having humiliated those who made Bush House great in a way they will never comprehend. It has been abjectly managed. Somebody should be ashamed. But I’m not holding my breath.”
Hmmm pretty sad..that those who should be there are not and "opinion formers"(WTF) who have nothing to do with the World Service at Bush House and its history are being invited. As John Tusa says "WS management crawl out having humiliated those who made Bush House great in a way that they will never comprehend"..sums up the Thompson management and some should be very ashamed..