Journalism: UK’s BBC Being Torn to Bits & May Impact Global Coverage


Dark clouds over the BBC might result in slacking-off on BBC's global push in Democracy and Freedom

Dark clouds over the BBC might result in slacking-off on BBC's global push in Democracy and Freedom

Terry/Tavivoot Comment

BBC is literally the only major news outfit that forges ahead un-fearful of anything on helping spread democracy and freedom throughout the world-as many in Thailand have witnessed in its coverage of Thailand.

The bottom line on the BBC being attack as it is to those who loves democracy and freedom is that revenues may have to be diverted from that task to other UK channels. But then again, if you are anti-democracy and freedom-this may actually be good news.

I am neutural and non-political and so will leave that deciding if it is good or bad to you.


The BBC has become embroiled in a spat over expenses, published for the first time in response to freedom of information requests.

Newspapers, led by the Daily Mail, have accused toppers of leading a “champagne-style lifestyle” and lavishing expensive gifts on stars and entertaining themselves — all at the license fee payers’ expense.

The revelations come at a sensitive time for the BBC as it tries to persuade the government not to use 3.5% of its annual $5.8 billion license fee, paid by all households with a TV, to fund news on cash-strapped commercial webs.

The expense claims show that director-general Mark Thompson spent $3,643 flying his family back from a vacation in Sicily last fall to deal with the row over lewd phone calls made by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand on a BBC radio show.

Four years earlier, he chartered a private jet to fly from Maine to Boston at a cost of $2,081 to return to London for an urgent meeting believed to be an internal probe into expenses claimed by BBC creative director Alan Yentob.

Other items include a $2,463 staff meal at the Mip sales mart in Cannes in 2008 claimed by then future media director Ashley Highfield and $2,096 for a meal claimed by BBC Worldwide topper John Smith.

Speaking about the revelations to the Times, Yentob, who once claimed $195 for a cake, said, “We don’t believe we have anything to hide on expenses, and we respond to a great deal of freedom-of-information requests.”

By entertainment industry standards, the claims appear to be modest overall. But following revelations of politicians’ excessive expenses that have led to a crisis for the government, the local media is likely to extract maximum value from the story.

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