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At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:56:17 PM »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/mar/19/bbc-mark-thompson-steps-down

There is much being said about a legacy here?

So, yes, this was the DG who at one time pigged out on a salary of over 800,000, and only had to stop that when he was continually exposed. And confirmed a culture within senior levels of management, that it was ok to pig out, until you get caught.


Oh such leadership! This person flew back on a private jet, funded by the fee payer, to deal with letters from Daily Mail readers about Ross/Brand. Instead of being a leader with intelligence and creativity on his side , he completely overreacted to a broadcast on 6 music, that the Daily Mail had fanned into a moral crisis, whose readers had never listened to 6 Music or indeed JR or RB on the radio anyway. His tabloid reaction, then forced the resignation of the controller of R2..and the most expensive compliance processes ever known , outside China!


And then the legacy continues with his fee settlement, so he is actually now hunting with the hounds, it was of course very covert.(in my experience if things have to be covert that means absolutely that there is something to hide!) and then he announces plans to cut services(ie 6 Music and the Asain Network) whilst still gorging on his salary, and those that were prepared to support him.


Then , DQF was announced and things did indeed become lively. How dare this person then decide to destroy BBC local radio, because it pleases Jeremy Hunt(who has his own project Local TV)


He will be sorely missed...not!


He will be remembered for demoralising the BBC its staff and consumers.


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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 07:26:56 PM »
And there is much more to say about this awful DG, who was prepared to damage services to protect himself and others like him.

I have to say , that it might be nice to see a female DG, but no no not Helen Boaden OR
Caroline Thompson, they are from the Mark Thompson stable and both recommended the cuts to local radio or failed to stop the process(it is the same)

A new broom, is now needed.

And it has to be stated that this is no dignified exit for Mark Thompson, his own staff voted overwhelming in a vote of no confidence in him, and Chris Patten(in whowm we trust, started the process very publicy in January)


I think Mark Thompson, should go now, and judging by the huge amount of reaction on articles and Twitter etc I would not be alone.

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 10:52:58 PM »
Well I'm surprised he managed to make a decision without months of meetings, consultancy and a report by John Myers.

William Rogers http://tradingaswdr.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/form-book-11.html has the runners and riders for the position (I might send it to Diane Coyle, should give her plenty of time to read it).  Please NO Tim Davie, another one who chose to ignore John Myers recommendations in management down-sizing and who's golden idea for making interesting radio programmes is to turn it into television.  Oh and he wanted to get rid of 6Music.

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 11:08:17 PM »
This is worth a re-read too http://www.bbcradioforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=384.0

Steve Hewlett's piece from last week in which he asks if Thompsons legacy will be the managed decline of the BBC, very sad but entirely possible.

Sorry Diane pardon?  What was that? Oh. Mark.  Mark Thompson.

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 09:53:20 PM »
Oh ha ha!

"The Now Show" R4 attemping to link the search for the new DG and the coming of "The Voice" was inspired, repeated tomorrow at 12.30.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b01djsfs


And, actually on that subject, I know it is not radio related, but.. "The Voice" has cost us over 25m, why? , are not we already tired of this worn out concept?, Is it going to be distinctive, creative and truly public service broadcasting?..or ..well we shall see..

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 03:59:08 PM »
Well this is the job description...for new DG..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/11/bbc-director-general-mindset

But how much truer is this one curtesy of the comments..

"Er, going by past experience, the successful candidate also needs to come from a privileged background, be a former public schoolboy (or possibly girl), a graduate from Oxbridge and occasionally watch TV and listen to the wireless - but this is entirely optional.

The ability to sign off outrageous salaries for your fellow public school BBC managers is also essential. You must also know how to look earnest and puzzled when faced with criticism, then proceed to do absolutely nothing about it.

After that, just sit back and wait for your huge pay cheque, pension and assorted benefits to roll in before you bow out crowing about dubious 'improvements' in five years time. Easy peasy." !!

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 07:32:46 PM »
Well this is the job description...for new DG..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/11/bbc-director-general-mindset

But how much truer is this one curtesy of the comments..

"Er, going by past experience, the successful candidate also needs to come from a privileged background, be a former public schoolboy (or possibly girl), a graduate from Oxbridge and occasionally watch TV and listen to the wireless - but this is entirely optional.

The ability to sign off outrageous salaries for your fellow public school BBC managers is also essential. You must also know how to look earnest and puzzled when faced with criticism, then proceed to do absolutely nothing about it.

After that, just sit back and wait for your huge pay cheque, pension and assorted benefits to roll in before you bow out crowing about dubious 'improvements' in five years time. Easy peasy." !!

Oh dear, it seems to be their latest obsession, the delivery of programmes across media.  By the way, I understand the problems of the interference on the local radio internet streams are due to be fixed in the next few days, which has only taken a few months.

It's all very well having a 'multi-media mindset' but at the end of the day the BBC makes programmes we watch and listen to, stuff that is the envy of the world, programmes that keep Dave, Watch, Eden and goodness knows how many other channels in business.  The biggest challenge of the next DG is going to be to ensure come 2016/17 the BBC is still relevant whether that be through delivery of TV programmes via a smart phone or radio via the medium of a Banana.  Thompsons legacy of mis-management isn't going to make this a fore gone conclusion.

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 09:39:25 PM »
To be honest the whole document is worth a look if only for gems such as...

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Candidates will have proven communication skills, to include listening as well as speaking

Candidates will have the ability to articulate a compelling narrative and shape it to different audiences, internally and externally

Erm...

https://careers.bbc.co.uk/fe/wrapdev_SendFile.asp?key=60303624&c=332323475868&pagestamp=segploumlwgdubiqki&index=1


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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 07:53:32 PM »
It seems Rupert Sawyer, CEO of Channel 8 believes the DG job is just what he needs to earn a bit of pin money.  From the Secret Diary of Rupert Sawyer

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To: Lord Patten of Barnes, chairman, BBC Trust

CC: All desks, BBC

From: Rupert Sawyer, chief executive, Channel 8 Television

Subject: RE: Job Ref. No 800119 (Director-General)

Dear Lord Patten,

I would like to register my interest in the role advertised on the BBC Jobs website entitled Director-General.

As the incumbent is paid a mere 670,000 per annum, Chris, I can only assume you are looking for another part-timer for this position. I would be willing to commit up to 15 hours a week to the job, which would allow me to continue overseeing the Channel 8 empire as well as servicing the needs of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

I do not include my CV as I'm sure you're very much already aware of my credentials, Chris I am, just like Samantha Brick, burdened by the gifts God gave me . I must admit, it almost feels like the job description was written with me in mind; especially the parts about having "an international mindset" and "understanding of new platforms and technologies". I have been running various successful special interest websites out of Ha Noi, Vietnam, for many years now, and recently acquired Lemon Corps, makers of the revolutionary iFad HP.

It might also be noted that I have both journalistic and programme-making experience, which I realise you value less than the ability to express oneself in 140 characters or fewer, but this might also come in handy running one of the biggest broadcasters on Earth.

But the part that gripped me said: "The trust is looking for an inspirational leader with strong, clear vision."

This, Chris, is my very unique and carefully thought-out vision for Auntie:

1. Trust

You may have already noted that this email is "cc'd" to every member of staff at the BBC. These people pay for your business, gifting (in part) more than 3bn every year it's only fair that they know everything we ever talk about, and we trust them not tell foreign agents or rogue regimes about the scheduling of Sherlock series three.

But we should also trust the general public our consumers. Therefore my first action as DG would be to compile an exhaustive list of UK householder's email address and "cc" them into every public service missive too. We are one BBC; and great things happen when we, the nation, WORK TOGETHER.

2. Audiences

I cannot stress enough that audiences should be at the heart of everything that we do. But how can this be the case when currently most of the BBC's programmes are made by the few, rather than the many.

The BBC has around 20,000 permanent staff, but there are more than 60 million people in the United Kingdom.

Chris, as DG, I would use my power and influence to petition the government to reinstate national service. In doing this we could ensure that every young person spent at least six months working for the corporation, learning valuable life skills like organising meetings about other meetings and being underworked and overpaid but still receiving gilt-edged pensions.

The next generation of audiences would be more engaged with the BBC's output, because they would have been involved in making it.

The result happy engaged audiences for life, no matter how much crap is on the telly.

3. Quality and value for money

I firmly believe the final word on scheduling should be with the viewers if they don't like Songs of Praise, we'll denounce religion and axe it, if they don't listen to Radio 3, we'd sell its record collection to Classic FM.

"But how can you ensure that people get what they want, Rupert?" I hear you ask.

Simple. After the broadcasting of every show, we have a premium-rate phone vote asking if you want more. If the answer is yes, we make it, if it's no, we kill it. There are no golden geese or ring-fenced raccoons every show fights for its right to exist after every broadcast.

Not only will this ensure the programme makers, and their conscripted colleagues put a bit of elbow grease into their productions, but also there's another added plus

All revenue generated by the relentless phone votes (50p a pop to save your favourite show) will be ploughed back into the business. I predict that within weeks we could halve the licence fee, and long before the end of the BBC charter we could abolish the TV tax altogether.

Who can ask for better value for money than the BBC for free? No one. Case closed.

4. Creativity

I can assure you, I know many of the most creative accountants in the world who have helped to make Channel 8 into a global television brand with profit as its middle name.

Forget Salford, I would relocate the entire BBC to Ha Noi, Vietnam, in order to utilise the existing network of money laundering services I have in place (some extra security measures may be required it's no White City after dark).

As a truly international business the BBC would flourish making use of cheap labour and Channel 8's first-rate production facilities, already home of popular 8 formats like Porno Paramedics, Frozen Gannet, I've Got a Feeling and World Willy Wars.

5. Respect

With plans like those outlined above, I think I've probably already earned your respect, Chris as if I didn't already have it. See you at the club next week.

I look forward to the confirmation of my new role,

Best regards,

Rupert Sawyer CEO

And just for the sake of it the cracking new Channel 8 promo!


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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2012, 09:54:15 PM »
Brilliant..And v funny..


BUT there is competition on this front.


Helen Boeden..is really going for her management of News ouput as her strength..Internationally national news..there is no local news that is way too er.. local and it was me who called for the destruction of BBC local radio..er..so for an International minset I am the best fit.I am a woman and my new spring collection of light knitwear is out soon..come on Chris I can multitask.


Caroline Thompson..OH yah! well I do actually listen to BBC Cumbriashire..yah yah all that horrible sheep shooting thing yah! and you know what I do not take so many cabs anymore ..for 3 reasons, I got found out, the drivers were a bit nasty to me, and I have found that I can actually walk from my front door to the unmarked privately driven car that is not so public. And I went to Oxford Yah(sometimes by train) and I am a woman yah in a sort of Thatcher way(that should please Chris!)

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2012, 10:49:19 PM »
Oh thank you for making me giggle lots Tiger, I needed that X

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Re: At last! Mark Thompson to go in the autumn!
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2012, 10:54:36 PM »
Glad that I made you laugh Darcy X

But surely, the Biggest joke of all is the job description for the new DG. It is sort of a way of saying.. do not apply if you have any of the character traits of Mark Thompson..basically this is his legacy.

 He struggled with listening and speaking.

He was unable to admit quickly , when he was wrong.

He was unable to thrive when faced with political pressure.

He fleeced the licence fee payer..and then got found out and got angry(not actually in the job description but between the lines!)


So probably, it is best that those who supported this DG..SHOULD NOT APPLY.. especially if their surname is similar. So that is the legacy of Mark Boden Davey Thompson.



PERSONAL TRAITS

Candidates must demonstrate that they fundamentally understand the public purpose
underlying the BBC, and its role within the UK and its constituent nations
Candidates will have shown the ability to deliver against multiple and potentially
conflicting goals, and an instinct for anticipating challenges and opportunities
Compelling communicator 
Candidates will have proven communication skills, to include listening as well as
speaking
Candidates will have the ability to articulate a compelling narrative and shape it to
different audiences, internally and externally
Resilient 
Alongside the inherent pressures of leading a major organisation, the next DG will
show that s/he can thrive under legitimate and constant public and political scrutiny
S/he will be able to admit quickly when in the wrong


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