Public services run by targets will either seize up or explode

“Although New Labour may have come to power talking of ‘joined-up government’, in practice it has approached policy from the exactly opposite point of view – breaking a problem down into its component parts and then attempting to solve them in a linear fashion. [] “As author Jake Chapman, a well known systems thinker, points … Continue reading Public services run by targets will either seize up or explode

BBC copied ‘That’s Life’ format and gave it to a senior executive’s girlfriend

Bernard Braden died 9 years ago having never fully recovered from the injustice that overshadowed his career, when the BBC dropped his programme, Braden’s Week, and replaced it with a copy: That’s Life. The fact that it was presented by the then unknown Esther Rantzen, who had been Braden’s junior researcher, and was later discovered … Continue reading BBC copied ‘That’s Life’ format and gave it to a senior executive’s girlfriend

At the BBC diversity means acting and thinking like them

Two of my colleagues at the BBC have regional accents and are very experienced, yet they are constantly asked: ‘Which university did you go to?’ There is this unspoken reality that, although I look different from you, I must act, think and speak the same as you, which is then promoted as diversity. Unnamed BBC … Continue reading At the BBC diversity means acting and thinking like them