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We're having a whip-round

Eddie Mair | 13:06 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2007

to pay the 50 grand fine we have to cough up thanks to Blue Peter. I am putting the fiver from the Eurovision sweep into the kitty. Please pledge as much as you can by clicking comment.

Comments

  1. At 01:12 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Is this cos of the quiz they rigged? Dock the salaries of those that did it.

  2. At 01:22 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Peej wrote:

    why don't you organise a phone in competition to raise the money? Which one of these was not a Blue Peter Presenter?
    (a) Valerie Singleton
    (b) John Noakes
    (c) Alistair Campbell

  3. At 01:23 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Frances O wrote:

    I've got a bag full of milk bottle tops.

    Washed.

  4. At 01:33 PM on 09 Jul 2007, admin annie wrote:

    I'm with Stewart M on this one.Don't see why any of my Licence money should go towards it, let alone chipping in to help out.

  5. At 01:39 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Humph wrote:

    How much are we pledging each time we click on comments? Can you answer this in another thread because I am not sure that I can afford to come back to this one in case it is costing too much.

    H.

  6. At 01:41 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Piper wrote:

    Why not charge Alistair Campbell £50,000 for the BBC air-time he's getting for his latest work of fiction..?

  7. At 01:48 PM on 09 Jul 2007, The amateur lawyer wrote:

    Stewart M and admin annie

    No way - it is the responsibility of the employer/broadcasters - the BBC has to pay. The guilty can be disciplined but not made to pay the fine.

  8. At 01:50 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    I'll pledge my complete collection of Eddie Mair clips, to be auctioned on *Bay.

    That should go a long way towards covering it.

  9. At 01:59 PM on 09 Jul 2007, jonnie (from Sunny Bournemouth) wrote:

    With Stewart and admin annie on this one.

    Just been having a look through last weeks ariel (BBC in - house magazine) thought these snippets may be interesting.

    'Talent costs have emerged as a significant issue for BBC Radio.' I think we are talking more Jonathan Ross/Terry Wogan - than Eddie, but I may be wrong

    The average salary of a BBC employee is £42,062

    £2.32bn a years BBC Television.

    £563.6m a years BBC Radio

    Jenny Abramsky salary £316,000 + (13,000 expenses)

    Mark Thompson £624,000 + £164,000 (other)


  10. At 02:06 PM on 09 Jul 2007, admin annie wrote:

    TAL, are the employers allowed to fine the guilty party as a form of discipline or are we just talking written warnings here?

  11. At 02:12 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Careful with money wrote:

    I pledge £10,000 for every genuine apology in Alastair Campbell’s book in regard to anything to do with the dossier concoction, build up and execution of the Iraq war.

  12. At 02:16 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    What a Geezer!
    xx
    ed

  13. At 02:35 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
    Ae fareweel, and then for ever!
    Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
    Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.
    --Robert Burns

    ;-)
    ed

    Truly malicious, I guess. Five times so.

  14. At 02:46 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Amateur Lawyer (7), If by "disciplined" you mean "sacked" and thus their salaries used to pay said fine, then I am content.

  15. At 02:55 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Wonko wrote:

    Peej - ROTFL!

    How about a PM Bring and Buy Sale?

    I've got an old Action Man (other positionable plastic dolls are available) I could donate...

    ;o) []

  16. At 03:12 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Charlie wrote:

    I can't remember whether I've heard this rumour, or started it...

    Anyway, I believe it's possible Paris Hilton would give an interview to PM IF the "Beeb" allowed her to pay £50,000 for doing so.

    A potentially difficult one this...

    Ms Hilton plus £50,000 with nothing meaningful being said for 5-minutes vs. Mr Campbell minus £50,000 with nothing meaningful being said for 5-minutes

    Decisions, decisions...

  17. At 03:19 PM on 09 Jul 2007, The amateur laywer wrote:

    admin annie - Depends what is in their Conditions of Employment / Disciplinary Procedures. My guess is that no tribunal would let a fine like this be transferred to an employee.

    Aperitif - Can't argue with that. Other than to say, if you sack people, they are usually replaced. So no cost benefit there.

  18. At 04:31 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Eddie, you're using the fiver from the Eurovision sweep.....is this to make your prize untraceable in the event that voting for Eurovision was also rigged? Surely not!

    Okay....hands up....it does look a teensy bit malicious!

  19. At 04:39 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Lawyer (17), I'm not so sure -- in my experience, if workers are replaced, it is almost always by someone cheaper. This is one of the few cases where (with my flippant hat on, I admit) I really wouldn't mind!

  20. At 05:21 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Frances O wrote:

    jonnie, I remember the fuss when Michael Checkland's (I think it was) salary went over £100,000

  21. At 05:25 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Eric, do I really want to know what you do with your whip?

  22. At 05:26 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Frances O wrote:

    jonnie, I remember the fuss when the then Director General Michael Checkland's (I think it was) salary went over £100,000.

    But that WAS a while ago...

  23. At 10:05 PM on 09 Jul 2007, b carbury wrote:

    That eurovision money was spent ages ago.As usual can't remember what for or when but I distinctly remember something.

  24. At 11:17 PM on 09 Jul 2007, Electric Dragon wrote:

    Am I alone in thinking that this was a harsh fine given the scale of the offence? Considering Richard&Judy only got fined £150,000 for (IMHO) a much more egregious violation of rules - they blatantly and repeatedly allowed people to carry on voting for a quiz even after the winner had been chosen - BP can feel rather hard done by.

  25. At 08:59 AM on 10 Jul 2007, Piper wrote:

    Aperitif @ 19

    Hope this need for £50,000 isn't used as an excuse to deny the froggers "T-shirts"/stickers/badges etc

    If it is, we'll ALL have been well and truly DONE...

  26. At 09:24 AM on 10 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Hear hear Piper!

  27. At 10:17 AM on 10 Jul 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    I'm concerned that BP will be made to suffer by having it's budget withheld. Will supplies of stickyback plastic dwindle? And will they have to make cuts in their Advent candleabra (only two candles?). Will one of the pets have to be put down to save on costs?

    Si.

  28. At 12:29 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Hmm Si (27), When I watched BP they had only three presenters. I believe the modern fashion is for 4. Perhaps putting down one of the presenters would be an easy saving? :-)

  29. At 12:43 PM on 10 Jul 2007, tony ferney wrote:

    Why isn't there a provident fund for this purpose into which all BBC emplyees would have to pay in?

    Only asking.

  30. At 12:54 PM on 10 Jul 2007, tony ferney wrote:

    Why doesn't Tony Ferney learn a) to spell right - "employees", and b) not to use tautological prepositions - "into & in", especially at the end of a sentence?

    I trust he will heed this warning.

  31. At 03:26 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Appy (28)

    I only remember 2 BP presenters - Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton. When PM reduced its number of presenters from 2 to 1 I thought it was a cost-cutting exercise. I hadn't realised it was to subsidise BP. No wonder they looked first to Eddie for financial support.

  32. At 05:32 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    You could be right, Mr Tickle, you could be right...

  33. At 07:02 PM on 10 Jul 2007, jennie wrote:

    Don't have a telly and have't seen BP since Iwas a kid so don't know if they still have that absolutely awful, ugly doll Hambell? Well. if they do I might be persuaded to cough up a few bob to pay them to have her put down to prevent the present generation of kids being as bored and traumatised as I was when Val made her a new outfit Alternatively if she has been put into mothballs they could threaten to reinstate her unless the the public pay 50 grand to stop them!!
    Or how about digging up one of the bones Shep hid in the BP garden and auctioning it off?

  34. At 10:52 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Jennie,
    Hambell was Play School and I believe she is lost. BigTed, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima (with a imitation hambell) Live in the National Media Museum. As do Zippy and George!

    I think 4 BP presenters is something to do with more days on air. So they need to extra body.
    Does not explain why PM does 5 days (and a half if you include saturdays) with one (and a half if you include saturdays) Presenters.

    I remember the days of John Knoakes, Peter Purvis and Valerie Singleton, and a few of the ones that came afterwards.

  35. At 11:41 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Val went on to greater things, though.


    ;o)

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