The BBC has apologised to military charity Help for Heroes over a “flawed report” on its Newsnight programme which it has now admitted was “misleading” and “unfair”.
The report was screened last August and accused the charity of mishandling some of the £150 million it has raised by being “too cosy” with the Ministry of Defence. Complaints by the charity got nowhere until, three months later, the same team on Newsnight accused Lord McAlpine of being a paedophile, without proof, and was forced by a court to pay £185,000 in damages.
This, along with the criticism that Newsnight was getting for dropping their report into Jimmy Savile, persuaded Help for Heroes to ask the BBC to examine their complaint more seriously.
Charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile, who died last year and was given a lavish funeral, was also a paedophile who used his celebrity status as the BBC’s top presenter to prey on young girls for sex, some pre-teen.
This was the thrust of an ITV Exposure documentary this month, The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile, that featured a number of women who claimed that they had been abused by Savile, some in his BBC dressing room, when they were very young. Since the programme was aired a plaque to Savile in Scarborough, where his mother lived, was defaced and subsequently taken down, and there have been calls in the press for him to be stripped of his knighthood. Continue reading
One minor TV celebrity getting out of prison soon is Dan Penteado, who helps to exposes workmen on the fiddle on the BBC’s Rogue Traders programme, fronted by consumer and taxpayer champion Ann Robinson.
Penteado was caught doing some rogue trading of his own when fraudulently claiming housing and council tax benefits whilst earning £56,000 from his TV job, a lapse of judgement that got him jailed for 10 weeks by Bournemouth magistrates on July 17.
Wonder if our saintly Ms Robinson knew?
Marketeers at Boots have told millions of pensioners that the loyalty benefits on their Advantage cards have been “upgraded” when in fact they have been downgraded.
Until recently the over-60’s got a 10% discount on own-brand products, and then 4 Advantage points (4 pence) for every pound spent. This meant that products priced at £10 would cost £9 with the 10% discount and then attract a further discount of 4 pence in the pound on £9 (36 pence) making a total of £8.64. Now, under what Boot’s slippery marketeers describe as an upgrade the number of Advantage points has been increased to 10 per £1 but the 10% discount scrapped, so what used to cost £8.64 now costs £9. Continue reading
Another worthwhile target for acid Annie Robinson and her Watchdog team would be their employers, the BBC.
For years now their TV Licensing division has employed vacuous bluster and bullying to collect its licence fees, largely undeserved in the opinion of many. One feature is that they write inviting previous licence holders to advise them that they no longer need one, and then tell them that they will be getting a visit from their investigators anyway, on the basis that they could be lying. Another is that they keep threatening to send in their investigators if they don’t get a response and then fail to back up their threats with action.
Not impressive, so go for them Annie, unless of course it’s more than your job’s worth………..
Social networking sites such as Facebook and others linked to them are making it easy for cyber-bullies, or “trolls” to anonymously attack, mentally hurt and, in some cases, cause the suicide of their victims.
Charity beatbullying recently revealed on a BBC Panorama documentary, Hunting the Internet Bullies, that 28% of 11-16 year olds, the troll’s main targets, have been the victims of on-line bullying.
So far only one troll, Sean Duffy has been caught and convicted under the Malicious Communications Act and served nine weeks of an 18-week prison sentence. Another troll, posing as “Nimrod Seven” but identified by Panorama as Darren Burton from Cardiff, anonymously posted deeply offensive racist comments about a murdered man on Facebook and was merely cautioned by South Wales Police last year.
Sad to note that trusted and respected presenter Sir David Attenborough has blotted his integrity copybook, again, as has the BBC.
Apparently footage of polar bear cubs was shot in a Dutch zoo for the BBC’s much-admired Frozen Planet documentary, but presented by Attenborough as happening in the Arctic wilderness. And a caterpillar, supposedly freezing under a rock in the wild, was filmed in a box. Continue reading
A basic annual salary of £1 million is “very low”, according to Sir Martin Sorrell, head of advertising agency WPP.
Sorrell was being interviewed on BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme when he revealed that he has to struggle along on the above amount, made less challenging by an additional £3.2 million in incentives.
Some have wondered what planet Sorrell is living on. For our part we wonder why a man who makes such a screw-up of his own public image should be heading a firm whose job it is to look after other people’s.
An investigation by the Daily Telegraph has found that the BBC’s charity, the BBC World Service Trust, is giving more than £15 million a year of UK taxpayers money to fund overseas projects that many would consider non-essential, and to pay more than £5 million a year to its staff, including around £100,000 a year to its director, Caroline Nursey, formerly with Oxfam.
The thrust of the spending is to “change lives through the media” and projects have included a campaign to encourage men in India to wear condoms, a 156-part radio soap-opera in Hindi, and an educational programme on climate change in Africa. Continue reading
Sir Terry Wogan was paid £10,340 by the BBC to host the Children in Need appeal last year, on top of his £800,000 a year for his work on radio 2. (Metro).
According to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act his co-presenters Fearne Cotton and Natasha Kaplinsky were not paid for their work.