Editorial – BBC finds another way to waste your cash

I worked for many years at the BBC. Auntie as she is known, is a wonderful organisation still making to this day some of the best most imaginative programmes on […]

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By Sumit Bose

I worked for many years at the BBC.

Auntie as she is known, is a wonderful organisation still making to this day some of the best most imaginative programmes on TV and radio. I was lucky to have worked with talented people, who were keen to give their all and had great editorial standards.

To this day most of my friends are those I met working in newsrooms and in studios at the BBC.

You know what’s coming don’t you…

However the management of the BBC was something that led me to scream into a pint glass many a time and eventually drove me to such despair that I quit.

So today’s story about the BBC introducing a carbon calculator for all its programmes made me choke on my porridge! I didn’t have a cup of beeb latte chocka mocha decaff otherwise I would have spat it out.

Nothing wrong with an idea of saving money or helping the planet. But this calculator is nothing more than a crock of BBC PR w**k.

I never saw as much cash wasted in an organisation as I saw in my 12 years at the world’s favourite broadcaster. As more and more programme makers had to work with fewer cameramen, producers, researchers and tighter and tighter budgets, management wasted wads of cash on lavish offices, stupid huge vanity projects and fat salaries.

The BBC spends your money. It does it unwisely in my view and I doubt the days of excess are over as I still talk to friends there who complain about cutbacks at the sharp end and stupid profligacy at the other.

I once remember all our computers in the news department being replaced, they were perfectly fine just a couple of years old. Nothing wrong with that except when I discovered the old machines were not being sold off, or even given to charities or schools, they were being thrown into a skip. No mention of the carbon footprint there!

This is just one example of countless examples of waste I personally witnessed.

It always struck me that so much of it happened at the expense of those who really made the BBC, the programme makers.

This latest gimmick is nothing more than another layer of bureaucracy for producers, editors and directors to cut their way through before they deliver the shows you love to watch. And I fear another thing they will be criticised for by their overpaid managers.

If the BBC brass really want to cut the carbon footprint they need to look at themselves and their processes first.