Having worked for the BBC for 30 years, for well over half that period as a foreign correspondent in various countries, including Russia, I can testify to the enormously high prestige the corporation has always enjoyed among millions of listeners worldwide. On a more personal level, I always felt much affection and respect for the corporation, and I am sure those emotions are shared by the vast majority of BBC staff, present and retired.
What, then, are we to make of the installation of a director-general whose main contribution so far has been to bombard staff with memoranda couched in barely intelligible sociological jargon, and who, until his tax strategy was unmasked, plainly intended to use the BBC as just another milch cow?
ERIK de MAUNY
13 MarchReuse content