Isaacs gets long run for his money at the opera
Wednesday 23 July 1997
A monthly salary cheque of around pounds 10,000 will continue to be paid to Sir Jeremy until September under the terms of his contract with the opera house.
The payments to Sir Jeremy are certain to be raised tomorrow by MPs when they quiz him at a select committee investigating the Royal Opera House
Ironically, Sir Jeremy's successor Genista McIntosh, who departed in May due to ill health, after five months in the post, is being paid her salary for her three-month notice period. So the Royal Opera House is paying two heads of the institution, neither of whom is in post.
To add to the irony, Mary Allen, who was appointed to take over from Ms McIntosh as chief executive in June, is not being paid anything. She has been advised by Lord Chadlington, chairman of the opera house board, not to start drawing salary until September as a suitable gap had to pass between her starting at the opera house and leaving her position as secretary general of the Arts Council, which gave the opera house pounds 78m of National Lottery money.
Since January Sir Jeremy has formed his own television production company and has been employed by Ted Turner, the American television millionaire, to make a series on the Cold War. Mr Turner has also paid Sir Jeremy a fee for his work, also understood to be well over pounds 100,000.
All Royal Opera House contracts have now been changed by Lord Chadlington so that no one can again receive salary nearly nine months after they have left. Sir Jeremy's was the last of the fixed term contracts.
Sir Jeremy said last night: "I had a contract until the end of September and it is being paid out. If you pay a chap out and bring someone else in then there's bound to be an overlap."
Leading article, page 13
- 1 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Vagina canoe artist facing two years in jail defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Boxing Day snowfall could push even more bargain-hunters online for Christmas sales
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...
£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...
Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...