The truth about the BBC

There weren’t many female bosses, either. We had one at Today, but elsewhere they were thin on the ground. To give you a sense of the male hierarchy, a couple of years later there was an internal board for a researcher’s job on a different programme. None of the six or seven editors or deputies or assistant editors could sit on the board because they’d all shagged one of the female applicants. And one female applicant had shagged everyone on the interview board. Happy days.

19 thoughts on “The truth about the BBC”

  1. How does this:
    one female applicant had shagged everyone on the interview board

    provide evidence of
    a sense of the male hierarchy

  2. Excellent, the BBC is going to be eaten by its own lefty agenda.

    I wish! More likely, it will just become even more like the Labour Party.

  3. It’s because it’s not part of the free market, and when that happens, it gets grabbed by the already powerful. They build systems to keep more of “their people” in. They lack incentives to make stuff people like and instead have incentives to look after their friends, or progress their own agendas.

    You’ll never fix the BBC until you make the license fee voluntary. Although really, just scrapping the thing and dumping their media library on some torrents would be the best thing they could do.

    It is entirely awful to the point that I almost never watch it now. US TV series like The Americans, Archer and The Man in the High Castle make the BBC look like a fucking embarrassment. You look on iPlayer and it’s all Female led doctor/policeman/forensic in a world full of men, battling against the glass ceiling with an unfaithful boyfriend and solving the situation with cod psychology and bad writing. The comedy is the absolute pits. Either really bad scripted stuff that isn’t funny, or panel shows chock full of Corbyn fans who went to Oxford. And then there’s the mega shit Mrs Brown’s Boys for the morons who haven’t discovered Netflix.

  4. @ john malpas:

    “please tell- how can shagging a female applicant interfere with sitting down? And have they no chairs?”

    Depends how you’re shagging them, I guess?
    Perhaps Rocco could enlighten us…

  5. I beg to differ with the bloke on the M4 – you fix the BBC by making it accountable to the people who pay for it. So the board sets the licence fee, and appoints the executives, and that board is elected by the licence fee payer.

  6. US TV series like The Americans, Archer and The Man in the High Castle make the BBC look like a fucking embarrassment. You look on iPlayer and it’s all Female led doctor/policeman/forensic in a world full of men…

    To be honest, I thought much the same about The Man in the High Castle and the pilot of The Americans. We’re not the only ones infested with feminist bullshit. Look at what House of Cards descended into.

  7. Tim Newman,

    That’s certainly true with the pilot episode, but most of it isn’t like that, although Elizabeth is a spy and a strong character.

    Overall, I just find US cable TV on Netflix and Amazon much more interesting though. It feels like there’s some imagination being applied to what gets made.

    I can’t imagine the BBC making a series like The Girlfriend Experience, a series about a call girl where she wasn’t a victim addicted to crack, but instead seemed to have some insight into students doing it.

  8. Bongo

    “you fix the BBC by making it accountable to the people who pay for it.”

    That might have merit if people were choosing to pay for it.

    BoM4 is spot on; make it into a subscription service. At that point the BBC will almost certainly improve, albeit at a slimmed down level.

    Where there is a possible national interest (world service?), and demonstrably non political, hive off that very small element under general taxation.

  9. Actually, I’m talking complete nonsense.

    If people are choosing to pay for it, you don’t need the Board elected by those paying the subscription.

  10. PF
    Give it a couple of election cycles and some of those campaigning for election will do so on a manifesto of making the BBC a subscription service. The existing licence payers would then have that choice.
    People who want to go straight to a subscription service are taking away choice from those forced to pay the licence over the years.

  11. Bongo

    People who want to go straight to a subscription service are taking away choice from those forced to pay the licence over the years.

    I haven’t got a clue what you are trying to say!

    Someone paid the licence fee “last year”, to be able to watch live broadcasts “last year”.

    This year, it’s a sub. Only those who want to watch the BBC pay it. The rest (live broadcasts excluding the BBC) don’t need to.

    Whose choice got removed?

  12. Quacks and Upstart Crow are decent enough, but that’s the only thing I can remember chosing to seek out on the BBC in the last few months. It’s now ITV2 for American Dad and BBC4 for documentaries.

  13. I remember a while ago someone complaining on CIF that, due to the patriarchy etc, there weren’t enough UK TV dramas made with a female focus (!).

    Of course it fell to someone below the line to point out that every single one of the TV stations drama commissioners at the time was a woman.

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