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This does explain some of their programs then

In one claim in the dossier, a female journalist said: “A director offered me any promotion I liked should I agree to Tuesday evenings for drinks/meals at his place (a cottage provided for him out in the countryside).

“I naturally declined but another temporary marketing manager, covering maternity leave, accepted and she was given the job on a permanent basis.”

An explanation for some of the dreck that gets produced then. For surely some of them are there for skills unrelated to journalism or even entertainment in its narrower sense.

13 thoughts on “This does explain some of their programs then”

  1. An explanation for Christine Odone? There must be an explanation for Christine Odone, musn’t there? Has to be…

  2. Could have been worse. He could have said “bring your pre-teen daughter”.

    I like the phrase “Women working on Afghan issues”. Clearly also some are working on Ugandan issues.

  3. The most surprising part is “a cottage provided for him out in the countryside.”

    Not that the sex thing is less bad, just less surprising.

    What possible justification does the BBC have for providing its senior staff with country cottages? A London flat could be arguable, but that?

  4. “What possible justification does the BBC have for providing its senior staff with country cottages? “

    Clearly some of their female staff need bracing walks and fresh air to get them ‘in the mood’.

  5. The BBC is full of all the behaviours that you always get in an organisation that isn’t subject to competition and spending someone else’s money.

    No private businessman would hire an employee for £30K for weekly sex. It’s cheaper, more discrete and easier to change providers if you outsource the job to an escort.

  6. @Ian
    I believe the job description depends on whether she has an arts degree. Functions required are of course identical.

  7. Stigler said “No private businessman would hire an employee for £30K for weekly sex. It’s cheaper … if you outsource the job to an escort.”

    Is that correct?

    £30k is about £575 a week, I assume for an evening and overnight. I think I remember US political scandals with headlines about $1,000 a night hookers, which makes the price look about right.

    And that’s assuming that you don’t get any useful work from her, which would offset the cost a bit.

    (you’re probably right that an escort would be less hassle; it was just ‘cheaper’ I wasn’t sure about)

  8. @ Richard
    This was for one night a week excluding holidays (6 weeks for public sector workers, or 7 if you include Bank Holidays), so £666 per evening. A bit higher than $1,000 – even assuming that her work has positive value, which Tim disputes: the whole thrust of this thread is that her work was worth a lot less than nothing.

  9. Consulting the Best Hooker Guide shows a West End agency would rent out your heart’s desire for a cool £1k per night. But she does have one overwhelming advantage. You don’t have the tedium of a female journalist hanging around for the rest of the week.

  10. So Much For Subtlety

    JuliaM – “Clearly some of their female staff need bracing walks and fresh air to get them ‘in the mood’.”

    I would think better of the BBC if it were more “in the countryside no one can hear you scream”. But I doubt any of them are up to it.

    Continuing total silence on the BBC figures who were using their position to have sex with young boys of course.

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