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    Posted by I Forget (U15411209) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    The chief executive of the Royal Opera House and the BBC's former director of news, Tony Hall, has been appointed the corporation's new director general.

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

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    Posted by dayraven (U13717520) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    His first question in the job should be: "So, what're we putting on Newsnight this week?"

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    Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    A bit of a safe choice, not as much of an outsider as I'd have liked. Wish he had more of a background in entertainment (though I can understand in the circumstances why they chose someone with a news background). Possibly a bit old (I'm nearly 60, and believe you're at your best when you're a bit younger). That said, I look forward to the BBC being in a "safe pair of hands" and wish him well.

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    Posted by Alf Hartigan (U2277114) ** on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    Former BBC director general George Entwistle was only prepared to resign after 54 days for the £450,000 pay-off he would have received if sacked, MPs have been told, and that it was easier to pay him off than to argue the toss.

    I hope they've tightened up the contract terms for the new DG.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    A couple of info/bio links for you

    en.wikipedia.org/wik...

    www.roh.org.uk/about...

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    A bit of a safe choice, not as much of an outsider as I'd have liked. Wish he had more of a background in entertainment (though I can understand in the circumstances why they chose someone with a news background). Possibly a bit old (I'm nearly 60, and believe you're at your best when you're a bit younger). That said, I look forward to the BBC being in a "safe pair of hands" and wish him well.  I am surprised that you don't think that opera and ballet are entertainment. He has run the ROH with great success over the last few years but has a BBC background. He is an excellent choice and in my opinion his age is in his favour.

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    Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    A bit of a safe choice, not as much of an outsider as I'd have liked. Wish he had more of a background in entertainment (though I can understand in the circumstances why they chose someone with a news background). Possibly a bit old (I'm nearly 60, and believe you're at your best when you're a bit younger). That said, I look forward to the BBC being in a "safe pair of hands" and wish him well.  I am surprised that you don't think that opera and ballet are entertainment. He has run the ROH with great success over the last few years but has a BBC background. He is an excellent choice and in my opinion his age is in his favour. 
    Sorry, that was badly worded. I meant more mainstream entertainment. As for age, that's just my personal opinion. Anyway, let's not argue about details. That's my personal opinion, you're free to express yours.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I think that opera and ballet are mainstream entertainment. Tony Hall was responsible for initiating the live broadcasts of ROH productions to cinemas bringing culture to the masses.

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    Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Look mate, that's my opinion expressed to the BBC through this message board. I'm not asking for your approval. Goodbye.

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    Posted by oldmanriver (U14455170) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    Former BBC director general George Entwistle was only prepared to resign after 54 days for the £450,000 pay-off he would have received if sacked, MPs have been told, and that it was easier to pay him off than to argue the toss.

    I hope they've tightened up the contract terms for the new DG.

     
    You have also forgotton Alf that on top of this the BBC paid up to £10,000 for his legal advice to get the pay off. In addition they are paying £25,000 to cover his legal fees during BBC inquiries, plus a years private healthcare. He also got a large sum to employ "bouncers" to keep the journalists from his door (irony of ironies).

    As is clear from the evidence given to parliament today GE lost the confidence of the Trust and knew it. He then played hardball with regard to the terms of his departure. He was fully entitled to do that but what sticks in the throat is the fact that he was permitted to make a resignation statement with Patton by his side on the footing that he had behaved magnaminously.

    As to the new DG - he has clearly been head hunted but remains an insider. He is the third former editor of Newsnight to become DG.

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    Posted by Deacon (U14258455) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Look mate, that's my opinion expressed to the BBC through this message board. I'm not asking for your approval. Goodbye.  Dont rush off..there are wheels within within wheels that you will not know about if you are new to the forum..including a tiny minority of posters who feel obliged to give unqualified approval to all and any BBC decisions.
    I will give the new DG the benefit of the doubt..he has after all experience outside of the broadcast media..which is a refreshoing change.
    The BBC has ( of course ) made life harder for themselves than it need be by not having a normal process by advertising the job and holding interviews...

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    Posted by Alf Hartigan (U2277114) ** on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    The thought of George Entwistle playing hard ball is something I am having difficulty imagining. If I had been responsible for making the decision to give him £450,000 of licence-payers' money I would at least have wanted the satisfaction of sacking him.

    Opera and Ballet are about as mainstream as Dwile Flonking or Quoits.

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    Posted by Myles4291 (U14634500) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I'd like to wish Tony Hall all the best. He sounds like a sound appointment.

    I hope to see a confident and strong BBC with him at the helm. A 'steady pair of hands' is what our fine broadcaster needs.

    Is News going to be split from the rest of the corporation I wonder?

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    Posted by Essential Rabbit (U3613943) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Former BBC director general George Entwistle was only prepared to resign after 54 days for the £450,000 pay-off he would have received if sacked, MPs have been told, and that it was easier to pay him off than to argue the toss. 
    Aww, c'mon Alf, that was just him being honourable.

    Re: New DG.
    I wish him well but would have preferred a somewhat more transparent selection process.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    I wonder if he applied last time around and was picked from the last applicants?

    That could be the case..

    www.guardian.co.uk/m...

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    The BBC Trust website gives this info...

    www.bbc.co.uk/bbctru...

    Lord Hall said:

    "I believe passionately in the BBC and that's why I have accepted Lord Patten's invitation to become Director General.

    "This organisation is an incredibly important part of what makes the United Kingdom what it is. And of course it matters not just to people in this country – but to tens of millions around the world too.

    "It's been a difficult few weeks – but together we'll get through it.

    "I'm committed to ensuring our news services are the best in the world.

    "I'm committed to making this a place where creative people, the best and the brightest, want to work.

    "And I know from my first days here as a news trainee, to my time as head of news and current affairs, to my time now at the Royal Opera House, that I can't do it on my own. Having the right teams working together, sparking off each other, is key.

    "And I want to build a world class team to lead a world class BBC."

    The appointment was made following a direct approach from the BBC Trust to Lord Hall. The Trust did not approach any other candidates. Lord Hall did not apply for the job when it last became vacant as a result of Mark Thompson's departure.

    Commenting on the process of appointment, Lord Patten added:

    "Just over four months ago the Trust completed a thorough recruitment process. Tony Hall wasn't available then but I am delighted he has agreed to come on board now.

    "Of course we might have considered going through the whole lengthy recruitment process again with a new round of advertisements and another global hunt for candidates. But I believe the approach we have taken is ultimately in the interests of the BBC and, most importantly, licence fee payers as we have got the best candidate and he will help the organisation quickly get back on an even keel."

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    Posted by St Maddenus witty name to follow (U14314874) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Did the bbc follow guidelines laad down re lenght of time advertised, time allowed for applications to be all duely assessed etc...

    I ceartainly dont remember reading an advert in the times nor on here.

    https://careers.bbc...


    smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by Essential Rabbit (U3613943) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    So, not very transparent then. smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by St Maddenus witty name to follow (U14314874) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I was going to apply but I decided that there have been enough scandals recently so I did the honorable thing.

    "New Director general caught in broom cupboard with female employees" would not go down well at this time.

    Hey.. Cos I did the honorable thing can I have a payout? It was in the BBC's best interests.


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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Look mate, that's my opinion expressed to the BBC through this message board. I'm not asking for your approval. Goodbye.  Dont rush off..there are wheels within within wheels that you will not know about if you are new to the forum..including a tiny minority of posters who feel obliged to give unqualified approval to all and any BBC decisions.
    I will give the new DG the benefit of the doubt..he has after all experience outside of the broadcast media..which is a refreshoing change.
    The BBC has ( of course ) made life harder for themselves than it need be by not having a normal process by advertising the job and holding interviews... 
    Actually I was touting Tony Hall as DG well before he was appointed. I'm please the BBC Trust agreed with me.

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    Posted by david fogarty (U14299453) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    He sounds ok. I just hope he's wearing a tie and not doing that irritating thing of carrying in a cup of coffee (doesn't the new building have adequate coffee making facilties?) when he is stopped by the press on his first day in the job.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    He sounds ok. I just hope he's wearing a tie and not doing that irritating thing of carrying in a cup of coffee (doesn't the new building have adequate coffee making facilties?) when he is stopped by the press on his first day in the job. 
    The coffee inside is awful vending machine stuff. smiley - coffee smiley - ok

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    Posted by St Maddenus witty name to follow (U14314874) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    "The coffee inside is awful vending machine stuff"

    The coffee in the BBC is partially funded by the Tv Licence, imagine the howls if you were ever to get some Good Coffee....... smiley - laugh

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    Posted by Alf Hartigan (U2277114) ** on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    ...as we have got the best candidate... 

    That's what they said when they appointed George Entwistle.

    us.topnewstoday.org/...

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    Posted by Myles4291 (U14634500) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012


    The BBC Trust website gives this info...

    www.bbc.co.uk/bbctru...

    Lord Hall said:

    "I believe passionately in the BBC and that's why I have accepted Lord Patten's invitation to become Director General.

    "This organisation is an incredibly important part of what makes the United Kingdom what it is. And of course it matters not just to people in this country – but to tens of millions around the world too.

    "It's been a difficult few weeks – but together we'll get through it.

    "I'm committed to ensuring our news services are the best in the world.

    "I'm committed to making this a place where creative people, the best and the brightest, want to work.

    "And I know from my first days here as a news trainee, to my time as head of news and current affairs, to my time now at the Royal Opera House, that I can't do it on my own. Having the right teams working together, sparking off each other, is key.

    "And I want to build a world class team to lead a world class BBC."

    The appointment was made following a direct approach from the BBC Trust to Lord Hall. The Trust did not approach any other candidates. Lord Hall did not apply for the job when it last became vacant as a result of Mark Thompson's departure.

    Commenting on the process of appointment, Lord Patten added:

    "Just over four months ago the Trust completed a thorough recruitment process. Tony Hall wasn't available then but I am delighted he has agreed to come on board now.

    "Of course we might have considered going through the whole lengthy recruitment process again with a new round of advertisements and another global hunt for candidates. But I believe the approach we have taken is ultimately in the interests of the BBC and, most importantly, licence fee payers as we have got the best candidate and he will help the organisation quickly get back on an even keel." 
    A lot of this sounds all very good. He conveys a sense of direction and leadership which is so important for any organisation.

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    Posted by BrightYangThing (U14627705) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I too think this looks like a good choice and hope that he will be able to revitalise the management, funding and programme making structures at the BBC

    But it won't be an overnight sensation (takes the reins in March 2013?) and I sincerely hope that he (and however holds the reins meantime (Tim Davie?) will be allowed the time and scope to make the right moves.

    His success at ROH stands him in good stead (bringing what were seen as highbrow arts to more and more people) and his news/BBC background, including starting new ventures must make him broadly acceptable and experienced.

    It will also be interesting to see what happens to the ROH after his departure. One of the critical elements of good or even exceptional management is succession planning.

    I do hope though that the contract is not quite so one sided.

    Good luck Tony.

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    Posted by BrightYangThing (U14627705) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Thanks Peta.

    Well, I am wondering now if poor George was 2nd or 3rd choice in the summer.

    I whole heartedly agree with the Trust pursuing their '1st choice' quickly and quietly. I have seen 'due process' stuff up more than one organisation and at least one school - when knock on appointments after the departure of one basically 'adequate' heads took best part of three years. And the people who suffered were the pupils - the end users/clients.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Thanks Peta.

    Well, I am wondering now if poor George was 2nd or 3rd choice in the summer.

    I whole heartedly agree with the Trust pursuing their '1st choice' quickly and quietly. I have seen 'due process' stuff up more than one organisation and at least one school - when knock on appointments after the departure of one basically 'adequate' heads took best part of three years. And the people who suffered were the pupils - the end users/clients.

     
    It was always going to be difficult to attract outsiders given the salary being offered. There would have been no interest from suitable candidates from Sky, ITV or C4 where salary levels are higher than those at the BBC. Tony Hall will increase his salary although not by much.

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    Posted by St Maddenus witty name to follow (U14314874) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Seriously though I do wish him good luck and that it doesnt cause too many waves for you and your collegues Peta.

    however if he does give you better coffee it better not come out of the licence fee smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by dayraven (U13717520) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    however if he does give you better coffee it better not come out of the licence fee smiley - winkeye 
    Maybe you could argue that, if the coffee were better, more of it would be drunk, leading to more alert, productive employees.

    Not so good for people who don't like shakycam effects, though....

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Seriously though I do wish him good luck and that it doesnt cause too many waves for you and your collegues Peta.

    however if he does give you better coffee it better not come out of the licence fee smiley - winkeye

     

    Thanks St Mad.

    It's alright - I just buy one smiley - coffee outside and bring it in with me... Oops! smiley - winkeye

    Dayraven, you may be onto something there! smiley - smiley


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    Posted by Myles4291 (U14634500) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Just seen him on the News Channel and he seems a really good chap. He is right what he says about the BBC in that it is an important organisation.

    I have a hunch that the BBC is now going to go from strength to strength.

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    "A bit of a safe choice, not as much of an outsider as I'd have liked."

    Yes, I thought they were looking for an outsider smiley - erm

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    Posted by St Maddenus witty name to follow (U14314874) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    "I have a hunch that the BBC is now going to go from strength to strength."

    just so long as he doenst have to be a fall guy for any other scandal that might come up.........

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    Posted by Myles4291 (U14634500) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    "I have a hunch that the BBC is now going to go from strength to strength."

    just so long as he doenst have to be a fall guy for any other scandal that might come up.........

     
    I think the fact that there is a three and a half month transition period between Tim Davie and Tony Hall is a positive thing. It should help to ensure that things run smoothly while allowing Tony time before he takes up the post. Any inquiries currently running should have been completed then too which will allow Tony Hall to implement their findings and move the BBC forward in a positive way.

    I have been impressed by Tony today I must say.

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    Posted by becky sharp (U4544768) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Former BBC director general George Entwistle was only prepared to resign after 54 days for the £450,000 pay-off he would have received if sacked  + also received a year's Bupa private medical cover, as well as up to £10,000 to cover legal fees connected with his resignation, legal expenses of up to £25,000 to help Mr Entwistle give evidence to two inquiries into the Jimmy Savile affair, and £10,000 for PR.

    The BBC trustee accepted that the figures involved would appear to licence fee-payers to be "in the stratosphere", but insisted that they were not out of the ordinary for senior BBC managers.

    www.independent.co.u...

    So not quite as clueless as he appeared when he sat before the
    Commons Select Committee smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I would not have wanted a complete outsider. The BBC is a unique animal and I'd rather have someone who knew something about its internal workings. Besides Tony Hall has been away from the BBC for over ten years running another national institution where he will have been met personalities similar to those to be found in the BBC. This should give him some perspective.

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    Posted by stevefb (U14977970) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    also received a year's Bupa private medical cover, as well as up to £10,000 to cover legal fees connected with his resignation, legal expenses of up to £25,000 to help Mr Entwistle give evidence to two inquiries into the Jimmy Savile affair, and £10,000 for PR.  And it only took 15mins to approve!

    This Entwistle chap is starting to sound like a very shrewd dude.

    Anthony Fry (BBC trustee) said he "did not feel good" about Entwistle's deal but added that "the director general made it very clear to the Trust through his lawyers that the only thing that was on the table if he was to resign was a payment of £450,000".

    World class public service troughing like that should land him an EU job very soon. smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Radioactiveoldduffer (U4768882) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Good choice with Hall as he's done wonders at the Royal Opera. He was invited to apply for the DG 's job in the last round but didn't, so this time the Trust said the job's yours if you're interested. Patton acknowledged that there were management structure reforms on the way which I also applaud as a step in the right direction. No doubt Tim Davie will be the axe man clearing the decks before the new DG takes over and not a moment too soon - the unions might not like it but now's the time to do it. Patton at his press conference was very loyal in stating that the BBC is the worlds premier news provider - alas this is no longer the case and hasn't been for some time, although the other BBC media we don't mention on these boards might still be regarded in that light.

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    Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Patton acknowledged that there were management structure reforms on the way which I also applaud as a step in the right direction.  Hopefully the new DG will be willing to make the necessary changes without worrying about his popularity with the existing management, and by really getting rid of people not just moving them into other roles.

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    Posted by Dell (U14273873) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Former BBC director general George Entwistle was only prepared to resign after 54 days for the £450,000 pay-off he would have received if sacked  + also received a year's Bupa private medical cover, as well as up to £10,000 to cover legal fees connected with his resignation, legal expenses of up to £25,000 to help Mr Entwistle give evidence to two inquiries into the Jimmy Savile affair, and £10,000 for PR.

    The BBC trustee accepted that the figures involved would appear to licence fee-payers to be "in the stratosphere", but insisted that they were not out of the ordinary for senior BBC managers.

    www.independent.co.u...

    So not quite as clueless as he appeared when he sat before the
    Commons Select Committee smiley - winkeye 
    I'm sure that the package was quite affordable to the BBC Trust....something to do with the 'unique' way the BBC is funded........

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    Posted by Sploink (U9993613) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Former BBC director general George Entwistle was only prepared to resign after 54 days for the £450,000 pay-off he would have received if sacked  + also received a year's Bupa private medical cover, as well as up to £10,000 to cover legal fees connected with his resignation, legal expenses of up to £25,000 to help Mr Entwistle give evidence to two inquiries into the Jimmy Savile affair, and £10,000 for PR.

    The BBC trustee accepted that the figures involved would appear to licence fee-payers to be "in the stratosphere", but insisted that they were not out of the ordinary for senior BBC managers.

    www.independent.co.u...

    So not quite as clueless as he appeared when he sat before the
    Commons Select Committee smiley - winkeye 
    I'm sure that the package was quite affordable to the BBC Trust....something to do with the 'unique' way the BBC is funded........ 
    Yes, amazing how someone becomes sharply focussed when it's their own money they are negotiating about. Now the new DG is in place, Patton should resign. I heard him on PM insisting he is "Not going to be judgemental" about George and his non-sacking bonus. No, don't be judgemental, Patton, leave that to the folks whose licence fees funded your largesse. Some poor OAP going without to fund a handout to a bloke who was doing pretty nicely thank you. Disgusting! smiley - grr

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    Posted by Chris Rogers (U10129711) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Look mate, that's my opinion expressed to the BBC through this message board. I'm not asking for your approval. Goodbye.  Dont rush off..there are wheels within within wheels that you will not know about if you are new to the forum..including a tiny minority of posters who feel obliged to give unqualified approval to all and any BBC decisions.
    I will give the new DG the benefit of the doubt..he has after all experience outside of the broadcast media..which is a refreshoing change.
    The BBC has ( of course ) made life harder for themselves than it need be by not having a normal process by advertising the job and holding interviews... 
    Actually I was touting Tony Hall as DG well before he was appointed. I'm please the BBC Trust agreed with me. 
    smiley - whistle

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    Posted by stevefb (U14977970) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I'm sure that the package was quite affordable to the BBC Trust....something to do with the 'unique' way the BBC is funded........  Regressive taxation - it's a beautiful thing smiley - winkeye

    Taking from the poor to give to the rich. It's the BBC way - the uniquely funded BBC way smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Johnbee (U542312) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I see that the upper classes have appointed one of their own to a top paying job funded by the public. Did we really need yet another Lord taking part in the carve up? Why do we put up with it?

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    Posted by stevefb (U14977970) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I see that the upper classes have appointed one of their own to a top paying job funded by the public... Why do we put up with it? 

    Jobs for the boys? This is from a 2010 BBC news page: "In the corridors of power, at the very highest reaches of government, a form of educational freemasonry holds sway. It has nothing to do with Eton College, nor even the Bullingdon Club - both far more commonly-cited lightning rods for resentments about class, privilege and the fast track to power.

    Instead, the surest ticket to the top - for Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem politicians alike - is surely a degree in PPE (politics, philosophy and economics)" 
    Guess what the new DG studied at Oxford? smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Quizzimodo (U551071) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Know nothing about this man apart from what I've read today but is it even legal to give out such a major post without advertising?

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    Posted by Martyn (U14949330) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    I'm sure that the package was quite affordable to the BBC Trust....something to do with the 'unique' way the BBC is funded........  Regressive taxation - it's a beautiful thing smiley - winkeye

    Taking from the poor to give to the rich. It's the BBC way - the uniquely funded BBC way smiley - biggrin 
    Except the way the BBC is funded is not unique as there are Licence Fees in many other countries on the continent, most of which are actually more than what we pay here.

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    Posted by Deacon (U14258455) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    Know nothing about this man apart from what I've read today but is it even legal to give out such a major post without advertising?  In the case of another large public body...the NHS, ALL posts at ALL levels have to be advertised nationally and there follows a formal process of interviews which is standard and agreed by staff side and managers and the unions .
    If no appointment is made then the process is gone through again.

    It beggars comprehension that the BBC could not see that their own lack of due process will come back to bite them..smiley - doh

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Thursday, 22nd November 2012

    "Good choice with Hall as he's done wonders at the Royal Opera."

    He'll be able to sort out the next series of The Voice then smiley - winkeye

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