Sunday, 19 July 2015

BBC: Keep the talent, lose the tossers

BBC fat cat Danny Cohen's Baldrick-like plotting was cruelly exposed this week when it emerged that letters of support arriving 'spontaneously' from assorted international luvvies had in fact been individually solicited by Mr Cohen. Perhaps he's had to abandon a second cunning plan - using Eastenders extras to play protesters in a 'spontaneous' demo outside Parliament. Now one of the Dimbledum dynasty is calling for real members of the public to protest - but there's really no need.

You see, we do love much of the BBC's output; I'd be lost without Radio 3 and 4, the nation would be poorer without the BBC producing the Proms and from time they make first class drama and carry out serious investigations. No-one wants to trim the BBC on the grounds of core quality. The talent is (mostly) fine.

No, it's all the dags and tossers we want rid of; the ten layers of management, the meaningless jobs, the self-serving bureaucracy, the waste and inefficiency. Once this goes, once we treat the morbidly obese organisation for its own good by restricting its calorie intake, then the BBC's other major fault, a love of big-state, big-government central command and control, will fade away. As I've written before, the organisation is biased towards neither left or right but towards the political class and with a ridiculous metropolitan attachment. You don't cure this by moving chunks of the organisation to Salford; all they do is continue to talk with Whitehall and Westminster from slightly further away. 

And Cohen is fundamentally out of touch with the British public if he doesn't realise that his somewhat amateurish and puerile attempts to campaign on the basis of output quality are simply read by people as a campaign in defence of the BBC's bloated and privileged middle-managers.  

18 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

The BBC is as incapable of seeing and admitting what is wrong with it as the Trade Union movement; the NHS and the Labour Party.

Plantman said...

Radio Four 2.00pm news bulletin yesterday reporting on the picture published by The Sun of the Princesses giving the Nazi salute "The picture was taken from a family video...."

Scrap the lot

Anonymous said...

Why even go there with this Raedwald? The only right stance to take with the BBC is to cut it loose (subscription based model) and let it sink or swim within the private sector. When it does that it will be more careful about the money it spends and will organically focus more on talent instead of tossers. We need to steadfastly stick to simple principles as opposed to getting sidetracked into what parts of the BBC we may or may not like. The state run media model is outdated, at least anywhere outside communist dictatorships.

Roger said...

"No, it's all the dags and tossers we want rid of; the ten layers of management, the meaningless jobs, the self-serving bureaucracy, the waste and inefficiency. Once this goes, once we treat the morbidly obese organisation for its own good by restricting its calorie intake, then the Parliament's other major fault, a love of big-state, big-government central command and control, will fade away. As I've written before, the organisation is biased towards neither left or right but towards the political class and with a ridiculous metropolitan attachment. You don't cure this by moving chunks of the organisation to Salford; all they do is continue to talk with Whitehall and Westminster from slightly further away."

Oh, sorry I thought you were talking about Parliament.....
Whitingdale, Vaizey et al need to look in a mirror and see how their posturing looks to normal voters. The BBC is the least of Britain's problems. Parliament - slow, inefficient, self serving etc etc etc is more damaging to our economy than ISIL ever is. Well written but wrong target.

TrT said...

The BBCs "public service" content is rubbish today, it might have been great once upon a time, but now.
Sky Arts runs 24/7
They also send Attenbourough around the back end of beyond, they send him with 3d cameras though.

No idea what netflix and amazon do, cant be long till apple tv jumps in to the game.

Martin said...

BBC management will not cut itself back - it will reduce funds for programming and then plead poverty and the need to raise licence fees if the public don't like the redult. They will follow the local government model of keep the town hall fat cats and close the libraries. ( Common Purpose game plan )

Anonymous said...

Just change the three letter acronym from BBC to NHS and the rest of your narrative applies perfectly well.

Coney Island

john cheshire said...

The bbc must be financed by voluntary subscription. Taxpayers money must not be given to the bbc. Supervision of the bbc must be done by an independent body. All the rest will then sort itself out. Personally, I live without the bbc and would rather it had never existed.

Budgie said...

Martin, You are quite correct to say that "BBC management will not cut itself back". That is true throughout government too. It is always the service that is cut back never the management/bureaucracy.

Raedwald, I would be extremely surprised if the "BBC's other major fault, a love of big-state, big-government central command and control" would fade away if we got rid of the "dags and tossers" etc. The BBC has a mindset partly controlled by Grauniad groupthink which will not be changed by financial cutbacks. As a number on here have stated the only option is to make the BBC pay to view, and no longer a Quango. Then if people like the BBC, they pay for it, and I won't have to pay for their propaganda.

Mike Spilligan said...

No half-measures, because they're no "measures" at all - just a way of letting the guilty go free and carry on as before.

Anonymous said...

A example of bureaucrats "cutting waste" town hall's cut back on everything and anything related to services and all done to preserve the jobs of the CEO the executive and varied underlings remain feet firmly together under their 'job for life' desks. True, Osborne cut the budget but the Tory muppets know full well that, they have no real power over the town hall taliban chieftains - their latest game to invent new revenue schemes - cons to screw as much dosh from their much put upon rate payers and because they only answer to Brussels.

Plus, in the NHS, the bureaucracy won't be curtailed until the budgets are reliant on patients paying and choosing which hospital to use and that's another way of saying: privatization. Privatizing patient care, where hospitals competing for 'business' will as much as is possible streamline their 'back office' capacity.
Whereas, the NHS as we can see, there is no threat to clerical jobs and business 'managers' in the NHS and where the Empire building goes on apace.

Similarly with, al beeb, privatization can be the only answer.

Lastly, only localism, with the return of the UDC's will sort out the fat cats and bloated councils.

Cascadian said...

Sounds like comments made to retain the National Coal Board at the time, and equally wrong. Bloated governmental organizations cannot be reformed, creative destruction is required.

If there are truly talented people in the BBC let them flourish and enrich themselves in the free market.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Yes... but.

The nub of the issue is that the lumpen self regarding talentless tosspots (like Danny Cohen FFS) will resist interference with their toys until their fingers have to be prised off the doorframes - their sense of entitlement and hubris being almost beyond description.

The BBC is a dysfunctional, corrupt bureaucracy and like pretty much any outfit that is worthy of that name - rationality and honesty are the first virtues that get slaughtered.

In truth a straight fight would likely result the reasonableness card being played (as Radders has hinted at here) - the the arseholes win....

What is required is a change in the perception of the viewers towards paying on demand for stuff - I think this is already happening and the viewers are deserting TV as a whole. Cheap low quality populism? - mebbe... - but the BBC has been trying and failing at that (Hello Danny Cohen!!).

Having for my sins read several BBC annual reports cover to cover - the content I like costs very little - lavish budgets and good programming aren't coincident as far as I can see.

Crowdfunding of programs - with dividends for "angels" is do-able these days as is micro payments and it has the bonus of direct linkage to the production... Too much of the BBC's infrastructure is utterly unaccountable and self regarding - the waste is simply astonishing.

On balance .... sorry Radders - it needs a more comprehensive shake up - starve the beast.

Nick Drew said...

I hadn't realised what a nasty piece of work James Purnell is until the recent sh*tstorm, with his aggressive, unrepentent, carefully crafted sophistry

Patten it was, however, who was in charge from 2011 and must take the major slice of blame for not immediately slamming the Beeb entitlement-culture into reverse

Dave_G said...

I think we're missing the point here.

The BBC was created and remains a propaganda outlet for the Government.

Whilst it continues to push the Government line (on the EU, Climate Change, immigration, Islam etc etc) the only actions taken to curtail it would be those deemed necessary to give the public the PERCEPTION of change. The core prinicple of 'propaganda machine' will remain.

Documentaries, education, entertainment (PC), you name it the BC have corrupted it.

End it. Put us all out of our misery.

right_writes said...

I cleave to the opinion put forward by Sean Gabb many years back...

Shut the BBC down.

I have not seen anything since to change my mind.

While we are at it, we can shut down the state education system, shut the NHS down and shoot any MP that thinks that the EU has any merit whatsoever.

We should stop forcing people to pay for charity through taxation, criminalise the concept of limited public liability (Plc), but retain the idea of private shareholding (Ltd). Remove the concept of quangoism and political parties.

We should remove the words, subsidy and sustainability from the dictionary.

And shoot any government minister that claims to be "democratic".

And then after lunch...

Anonymous said...

right_writes

A bit precipitate but in essence - 12/10.

G. Tingey said...

I wonder how you would all like it if the only frogrammes you could get would be Murdoch-"newspeak"
Or everything with ADVERTS every 10 minutes, SHUDDER.
Really?
This is better than the BBC, really?
Somehow, I don't believe you.

P.S. Agree about the layers of management - looks like a local authority, doesn't it?