17th April 2018
I stumbled across this article written for The Daily Mail on 14th June 2015: It is entitled “BBC Spends less than half its Cash on Programmes”. It details expenditure for the Accounting Year ending April 2014- this after the BBC was made to cut 20% off expenditure in real terms by the Coalition Government led by David Cameron. Details in this report on BBC Expenditure for the Accounting Year 2013-14 include :
1) £107 million cost-overrun for upgrade and refurbishment to New Broadcasting House.
2) £230,000 spent on tea for BBC staff during the 2013-14 year.
3) 100 members of staff paid more than the Prime Minister.
4) Over £5 million spent on Management Consultants and PR Gurus during the 2013-14 year.
5) £369 million in pay-offs handed to departing staff over eight years up to April 2014.
The severance pay costs and the amount paid for BBC management are very high. Redundancy payments for an organisation of similar income and out-goings to the BBC (and over a similar period of time) would be a fraction of the amount that the BBC paid out.
And a small fraction of that £369 million, let’s say £70 million, would pay for a new BBC NorthWest Region for just Cumbria, Lancashire and the Isle of Man complete with separate opt-out news-programming for the Isle of Man and northern Cumbria for a period of over twenty years!
Likewise, greatly cutting the budget for Management Consultants and PR would also save enough money for the BBC to greatly improve Regional Television News output for NorthWest England and the Isle of Man. So when Aziz Rashid, the Head of Regional and Local Programming for North West England, says that the BBC cannot afford opt-outs and extra resources to improve Regional News Programming for more northerly parts of North West England and the Isle of Man he is not being truthful. The BBC wastes a lot of money on back-office stuff that does not benefit viewers of BBC programming. It is time that this was dealt with.
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