Monday, 13 July 2009

The BBC Robs The Public To Pay The Bonuses

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Bonuses for the 10 most senior executives at the BBC have been suspended until further notice because of public anger over the size of their salaries.

The BBC Trust, the corporation's governing body, has imposed the ban amid clear signs that they will never be reinstated after some directors pocketed more than £100,000 in bonuses last year.

Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the Trust, writing in today's Daily Telegraph also warned that some salaries "appear too high" in the economic downturn.

While he did not name anyone it's thought he was directing his criticism at the deals struck with artistes such as Jonathan Ross who is on a three year £18 million contract.

The decision on directors' bonuses came after the disclosure that the BBC's 50 highest-paid staff earned as much as £13.6 million last year with 27 paid more than the Prime Minister.

It is Joe Public who pays for all of this. Little wonder the licence fee must be increased year in year out with these bonuses being paid out. I believe it compromises the quality content that is lacking in the BBCs production too. £13 million is a lot of cash to hand out for 'non-performance' bonuses.

Still, not to worry, we have Bargain Hunt to look forward to.

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