Thursday, 25 June 2009

BBC to publish expenses

The BBC is to publish the salaries and expenses of its top 100 executives and decision-makers, its director general Mark Thompson will announce later.
Salaries and detailed expenses will be published alongside named executives later this year. The total spend for on-air talent will also be revealed.
In addition, the expenses of some top executives will be released on Thursday after a Freedom of Information request.

Excellent. Contrary to popular belief, the BBC is not just funded by the licence payer but also by the taxpayer via the Home Office for such gems as BBC Persia or "documentaries" about whatever INGSOC feels we should be seeing.

I sense that FOI requests are going to be used against all the ravenous but unaccountable users of our money, who hide behind fake charities, quangos and special interest groups so beloved by New Labour.

I'm sending one to the Potato Council today. Send one to a quango yourself, there are so many to choose from and they only cost us a mere £167.5 BILLION a year up from £24 billion in 1998

In 1998, the chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the quango that oversees the National Curriculum, was paid £43,563.
Today the post is occupied by Ken Boston, who last year received £273,000: almost six times the pay of his predecessor. The QCA said that Mr Boston's package consisted of a salary of £195,000, pension contributions and - because he was brought in from Australia to do the job five years ago - the cost of his accommodation, which is met by the taxpayer as a "benefit in kind".
A spokesman for the QCA admitted that the role of the quango had not essentially changed over the past decade, but that ministers must have decided after the crisis in A-level marking in 2002 that it was essential to trawl the world for a candidate "of the highest calibre".
Full list of Quangos HERE


Chrysippus said...

I was surprised, when last in London, to see that the QCA have as their headquarters an extremely large block at 83 Picadilly overlooking Green Park. I suspect that this costs many times Boston's annual salary. Why this quango should need such a prestigious and expensive location is beyond me.

The Penguin said...

So world class that he fucked up the marking of SATS and resigned.

Another triumph for Ed Balls. So Weak.

The Penguin

Anonymous said...

OH, you might find the following interesting,

I love the reaction from most people when you gently remind them that East Germans had more freedoms than a UK Citizen.

“Rubbish” they say. “Stop over reacting” they wail.

Well, we are now the 5th most Electronic Police State in the World. In fact, only well organised Dictatorships can beat the UK when it comes to storing and searching every little piece of information about you. The harmless citizen.

1st China
2nd North Korea
3rd Belarus
4th Russia
5th England & Wales

The 17 criteria that were used to define an electronic police state are listed below:
Daily documents: How much is required day-to-day for residents to present state-issued identity documents or registration.
Border issues: What is demanded for a border entry.
Financial tracking: The state’s ability to search and record financial transactions.
Gag orders: The penalties for revealing to someone else the state is searching their records.
Anti-crypto laws: Bans on cryptography.
Constitutional protections: Either a lack of protections or someone overriding them.
Data storage: The state’s ability to record and keep what it uncovers.
Data search: The processes to search through data.
ISP data retention: The demand for ISPs to save customers’ records.
Telephone data retention: States’ requirements for communications companies to record and save records.
Cell phone records: The saving and using of cell phone users’ records.
Medical records: Demands from states that medical records retain information.
Enforcement: The state’s ability to use force (SWAT teams) to seize someone.
Habeus corpus: Either an absence of such rights or someone overriding them.
Police-Intel barrier: the absence of a barrier between police and intelligence organizations.
Covert hacking: State operatives meddling in data on private computers covertly.
Loose warrants: Warrants that are being issued without careful review of police claims by a truly independent judge.

Mike Kingscott said...

'ello - how does one go about making a FOI request then? I want to take aim at WRAP (Waste Resource Action Project) who say we throw away a third of the food we purchase...

bofl said...

i wonder if the bbc 'expenses' will be 'blacked out'?

or is that racist?

it is no surprise that the bbc is stuffed full of labour hoons because Blair saw to it!!!!!!!!

what short memories some people have....

Old Holborn said...


Write them a letter asking how much the board earns and where they receive their funding from. Bollocks, ask for a full set of accounts. Just let them know that it is a Freedom of Information request.

WRAP, The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair, Banbury, OX16 0AH.

Old Holborn said...

Directors of WRAP

Stop Common Purpose said...

You can do FOI requests online here:

BUT FOI requests only work with public authorities.

Charities and quangos do not have to answer any questions so approaching them will usually be a waste of time.

wightiev said...


The British Potato Council itself was named in the FOI act. Their successor the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, of which the familiarly titled British Potato Council is a subsidiary, ought to be covered by it as well.

Barnsley Bill said...

This stinks of the dark hand of Lord mandelfelch.
I absolutely guarantee the BBC have been forced to do this to further deflect attention away from the 646 and their troughing.
Classic New labour deflection tactics.

Lexander said...

Yet again OH. Thanks for reminding me what a load of shits we are overpaying for nowt.

Anonymous said...

just fucking nuke Nigeria - best thing for all the shit in there !
they make me vomit, genocide now please. A Nigerian is a crook and a cunt/tosser fry them now !

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