Newspaper review: BBC changes discussed in papers


The arrival of Lord Hall as the BBC's third director general this year gets a warm welcome in the papers.

"A sound choice," says the Financial Times. With 28 years of experience at the BBC, the Times reports he is "well liked within it", while the Telegraph sums up Tony Hall as "a man of high culture and high intelligence".

The Sun, giving a nod to his time at the Royal Opera House, says Lord Hall has vowed to give the BBC a "kick up the arias".

That kick for the Mirror would be making sure big name presenters pay their tax, while on the wish list for Frederick Forsyth, in the Express, is a "radical clear-out of left-wing rubbish".

Pension pot

Money features prominently in reports on changes at the top of the BBC.

The Telegraph points out that Lord Hall, as a former employee, gets a BBC pension of £82,000 a year, on top of his director general salary of £450,000.

The Mail talks of a "pay-off jackpot" for departing executives, while Andy McSmith, in the Independent, says "the gasps were audible" when MPs were told of the extras awarded to the short-lived DG George Entwistle.

The former commercial television executive, David Elstein, writing in the Times, says "it's surely time for the gravy train to be derailed".

It may have taken much painstaking negotiation between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to agree a new Energy Bill, but the papers are more concerned at the financial consequences for consumers.

The Guardian says energy firms will be allowed to triple the amount they add to bills to pay for renewable power, while the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail put a figure on it: £170 a year.

The FT says the deal comes after a fortnight of meetings and heated phone calls.

MPs' travels

MPs come under scrutiny in the Independent for their "lavish globetrotting".

The paper says backbench MPs went on more than £1.5m worth of trips in two years, paid for by foreign governments, pressure groups and companies.

China, Israel and India are all on the list, but apparently only one MP accepted a trip to Afghanistan.

There's no doubting where MP Nadine Dorries is, since her eviction from I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

The Mail says her Tory constituency association is "bewildered" by her claim to be back at work while she's holed up in a luxury hotel in Australia.

Fan stabbing

The Sun, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Star share the same lead - the stabbing of a Spurs fan in a bar in Rome.

The Mirror and the Sun, describing how the bar was stormed by a gang of far-right thugs shouting anti-Jewish chants, both label it a "Nazi ambush".

The Queen is pictured in the unlikely setting of a caravan in many of the papers.

It's not just any caravan but a white, "palatial" top-of-the-range Bailey's Approach, produced in Bristol.

The Telegraph says it may not be viewed as palatial by someone who lives in a palace.

The Mirror questions where the servants would go, while the Daily Express and the Sun can't resist the headline "White Van Ma'am".

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