Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Pay bonanza

Another day, another set of BBC pay rises that seem oddly divorced from reality.

I like the BBC, the 'Blue Planet', 'Spooks', 'Doctor Who' and BBC News Online. Fantastic all and one.

But after the radio salary bonanza (Chris Moyles £630,000, again why? BTW while we are on Moyles everyone seems to be in shock at how good he is on 'Celebrity X-Factor'. The Sun is even backing him to win the show - apparently he has redeeming features. And anyone who chooses the Kinks 'You really got me' can't be all bad, can they? Cowell called him a slightly bigger Robbie Williams. You've been warned) today it’s the turn of the new BBC Trust.

BBC chairman Michael Grade for instance is to get a 70% pay rise or £60,000 a year.

Inflation busting is one thing, but how do you come up with a figure of 70% for a job that calls on Grade to work four days a week.

Grade's rise comes as part of the corporation's board of governors making way for the new BBC Trust.

The BBC is advertising for trust members and really it sounds just like my kind of job.

The new vice-chairman of the trust for instance will get £75,000 a year, that's double again the £28,060 paid to Anthony Salz, the current vice-chairman of the board of governors.

It must be double your money week. Someone should have told me.

Even for the bog standard trust representatives from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales there is £40,000 on offer for two days a week.

You guessed it. That's up from £28,060 for one and a half days a week.

The remaining trust members will each receive £35,000 for two days, up from £15,963 for a day and a half.


At 9:55 AM, Blogger mrloverlover said...

Surely to get the best people you have to pay decent salaries?

To compete with the private sector the Beeb is going to have to pay something nearer to the fat private sector salaries these execs will be getting.

It seems to me that paying the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors a measley 28.5k is hardly going to drive the best candidates to this sort of role. Frankly one can earn more than that selling MPUs on websites. To attract the sort of strategic thinker with the necessary gravitas to these roles, there has to be an increase in salary.

I suspect there's a tacit implication in your blog entry that we must be up in arms about these pay increases because the BBC is funded in part through the TV license- and of course the Beeb would like to increase the license fee. Perhaps the simple answer is the license be raised only a nominal amount and the money generated by BBC America, online and brand extensions be pumped back into the infrastructure of the organisation.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Gordon said...

I'm sure Grade is worth it, I wonder about paying committee members for those professional members of committees and government quagos whose net contribution is less than zero.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger mrloverlover said...

But how are you quantifying their contribution? How does anyone measure the success of a board of governors?

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous trust in me said...

So tell me Gordy - if you were offered one of these positions, would you turn it down out of principle?

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

And take a massive pay cut? I'm not sure i could do that...oh and principle, of course.

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous maurice the money man said...

Frankly as a journo surely you'd be better off becoming a sales person selling MPUs? Apparently after a couple of years you can make as much as £4 an hour!

At 4:07 PM, Anonymous mike from swingers said...

It's double your money week Gordon.

Just remember to double down on an 11.

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous trent said...

there's nothing wrong with letting the honeys know your money and you want to party


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