It’s that time again – Children in need – we have overpaid presenters begging us to give them money. Odd that we don’t hear from them offering to contribute a week’s pay.
I know they can spare it , Here are a few facts about BBC pay
Thompson £453,000 (£459,000 including benefits);
Grade £72,000 (£96,000 including benefits)
As for high-profile presenters of BBC news programmes who have been responsible for some vicious interrogations of MPs and directors of privatised industries about their interests and salaries. We now learn that the interrogators have been teaching some of the interrogated how to stand up to interrogation ("Top TV presenters paid pounds 5,000 a day for corporate work", 10 July 2005).
BBC presenters are public servants, their salaries part-financed by the nation's taxpayers. Should we not also ask these presenters to justify a salary almost five times that of an MEP or backbench MP?
BBC (and ITN) broadcasters are all too ready to offer personal comments as though they are hard facts to the audience. Under these circumstances, a register of BBC broadcasters' financial interests is essential. These people purport to be judges but they need also to be judged.
In fact the BBC does not need to increase its license fee, instead it should look elsewhere for finance -perhaps cutting John Humphreys salary to that of a humble BBC Oxford journalist would be alright.