Television

BBC replaces inquisitive, creative people with undistinguished managers in suits

The BBC, under the successive regimes of John Birt and Greg Dyke, has largely dispensed with the kind of inquisitive, creative, well-educated people who used to run the show and replaced them with undistinguished looking mangers in suits, not to mention a number of equally dim-looking women. To expect these people suddenly to change their … Continue reading BBC replaces inquisitive, creative people with undistinguished managers in suits

30 kg plutonium missing from Sellafield nuclear plant

30 kilos of plutonium went missing from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in 2003/4 according to the BBC News this morning. That’s enough to make 7 atom bombs! So where did it go? The BBC says it’s “just on paper”: There is no evidence to suggest that any of the apparent losses reported were real … Continue reading 30 kg plutonium missing from Sellafield nuclear plant

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