Sunday 20 September 2020

Knocking Jim


The Sun on Sunday has a striking 'BBC profligacy' story today concerning James Naughtie's £175,000 salary. 

Its "audit" says that "the 69-year-old was on air for just over 23 hours [from April 2019-20] - equal to £7,608 an hour of broadcasting, or £126 a minute". 

The paper quotes "a source":

It’s quite clear it’s been an old boy’s club at the top of the BBC. Naughtie has been a big name for years but I cannot see how the BBC can justify such an enormous salary for that amount of work. 
He’s well respected and brilliant at what he does but that’s a huge sum and a kick in the teeth for those losing jobs. It shows how out of touch the BBC is.

A BBC spokesman responds:

Jim is one of the most recognisable voices on radio but listing his on-air hours does not represent any of the behind-the-scenes work. 

 Wonder how much "behind-the-scenes work" he does?

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