Rather missing the point about the entertainment industry

Clare Balding has claimed the BBC should reveal how much it pays stars per hour, as she called on the corporation to be more transparent.

The presenter said the current policy of only disclosing salaries stood in the way of true pay equality between men and women as it masked how many hours were put in to earn it.

A large chunk of the cash is about the who is doing it, not the what is being done nor for how long. Beyonce would receive more for opening a supermarket than Ru Paul would.

Shrug.

18 thoughts on “Rather missing the point about the entertainment industry”

  1. Gary Lineker gets paid about £1.7 million a year.
    In what way is his quality of analysis of football, chairing the discussions with his guests and bringing in viewers better than many former professionals?

    Do people tune in to Match of The Day to watch the football or to see Lineker?

    I suggest that Lineker could be ‘let go’, another former player brought in at £100,000 a year and there would be no drop in quality and, at mot, only a negligible drop in viewing figures.

    If Lineker is really ‘worth ‘ £1.7 million then he could get it working for a comercial TV company.

    The same applies to a lot of BBC ‘talent’.

    They are grossly overpaid.

  2. Lineker (whom I obviously despise) is supposedly on £14,000 per hour. Balding (less objectionable, but only just) is on £1,000 per hour.

    Forgive me if I don’t rend my clothing and march on Broadcasting House with her.

    As James says, sack the fucking lot of them and hire others on acceptable (to us) money.

    Better still, close down or privatise the BBC. It has been ignoring its charter for decades.

  3. Why do all these powerful capable talented women want to be tied to a wage equal to the best man? Don’t they have any confidence in their ability to do better?

  4. Often wondered why BBC doesn’t have a hollywood golden age studio system in place. You work for us. you’ll do what we send you to do. . Gary pack your bags we need someone to go to Aleppo for maternity cover.

  5. @James Strong
    “I suggest that Lineker could be ‘let go’, another former player brought in at £100,000 a year and there would be no drop in quality and, at mot, only a negligible drop in viewing figures.”

    I would guess that you could probably get one for £70k p.a.

    He is incredibly overpaid and his analysis is not very good – he said the Germans couldn’t win the 2014 World Cup.

  6. Why a “drop” in viewing figures if jug ears left? I wonder what the numbers are that dislike the program because of some overpaid woke lefty talking nonsense?

  7. Couldn’t care less about soccer so wouldn’t watch MOTD anyway, but I won’t buy Walker’s crisps because of that cunt Lineker.

  8. Lineker is less bad on MOTD than the dreadful Shearer, the feeble Wright, and the female commentator She-who-shrieks-alot. But he is pretty lame.

    As a temporary measure until the Beeb is flogged off, just sack the lot of them.

    While he’s still available they could hire the barely sane and awfully angry Mourinho.

  9. If you go to a football match you get an experience. one that millions enjoy, caught up in the whole tribal ritual thinginess of it all. Watching it on TV isn’t the same. And that watered-down experience is NOT enahnced by hours of pre-match analysis and speculation. Basically the job Lineker, Balding and all the rest do is not merely trivial, it is unnecessary and annoying. Just show us the damn match. (This goes for all sport. We don’t need analysts.)

  10. Lineker (whom I obviously despise) is supposedly on £14,000 per hour. Balding (less objectionable, but only just) is on £1,000 per hour.

    Modern feminism. About the elite, for the elite.

  11. Why is a musician allowed to earn millions in record sales from one very successful song, while tens of thousands of mediocre bands spends hours and hours each week rehearsing and playing in pubs? It’s not fair!!

  12. Just show us the damn match. (This goes for all sport. We don’t need analysts.)

    A lot of the Internet channels allow you to watch with or without commentary. OTOH it used to be almost traditional to watch the test match with the sound turned down and TMS on the radio …

  13. What about different sports? I’m sure the presenters of less popular sports are paid less than the presenters of football
    What’s really annoying is that in order to meet quotas they are sticking women into presenting sport and often they don’t know anything about the sport, at least find women that have played or are knowledgable in some way about the sport
    Actually for all diversity, some of the World Cup rugby games had a South American pitch side commentator with an unintelligible accent. Doesn’t matter how good you are if the audience can’t understand you.

  14. BniC

    I remember seeing Gazza trying to do commentary on tv. It was an awful thing. Made worse by the desperate attempts of all his mates to translate and agree with him.

  15. Bloke in North Dorset

    Just show us the damn match. (This goes for all sport. We don’t need analysts.)

    Oh yes. I get really pissed off with rugby coverage when they start cutting away to pissed up fans dancing and singing. BBC Wales is the worst offender (especially when Wales are winning) but they all do it. If I want to watch pissed up people dancing and making pillocks of themselves I’ll go in to town on Saturday nights, just let me watch the game.

    And while I’m at it, rugby commentators, shut the fuck up and let us listen to the referees explain why they’ve made a decision instead of talking over them with your speculation.

  16. There seemed to be a lot of missed restarts as they were showing the crowd and the switch to and from the overhead spider cam during play wasn’t a great choice.
    Also replays were very poor for penalties etc. even the refs seemed unhappy about the feeds when reviewing with with TMO

  17. If Clare Balding doesn’t like BBC she can leave. I would be happy if she did, she’s ruined Boat Race, Olympics etc to the extent I no longer watch.

    Maybe C4 will pay her to feck up F1 – please no

    Here’s an idea: Balding, Brand, Toksvig etc create BBT TV and sell output to Netflix

    As for Liniker, Norton et al BBC should “auction” them, highest bid accepted – no bidders = fired

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