The BBC could spend much more money on Regional Television in the North West if it was more Efficient.

Dated 17th April 2018

Dear Readers,

I stumbled across this article written for The Daily Mail on 14th June 2015: It is entitled “BBC Spends less than half its Cash on Programmes”. It details expenditure for the Accounting Year ending April 2014- this after the BBC was made to cut 20% off expenditure in real terms by the Coalition Government led by David Cameron. Details in this report on BBC Expenditure for the Accounting Year 2013-14 include :

1) £107 million cost-overrun for upgrade and refurbishment to New Broadcasting House.

2) £230,000 spent on tea for BBC staff during the 2013-14 year.

3) 100 members of staff paid more than the Prime Minister.

4) Over £5 million spent on Management Consultants and PR Gurus during the 2013-14 year.

5) £369 million in pay-offs handed to departing staff over eight years up to April 2014.

The severance pay costs and the amount paid for BBC management are very high. Redundancy payments for an organisation of similar income and out-goings to the BBC (and over a similar period of time) would be a fraction of the amount that the BBC paid out.

And a small fraction of that £369 million, let’s say £70 million, would pay for a new BBC North West Region for just Cumbria, Lancashire and the Isle of Man complete with separate opt-out news-programming for the Isle of Man and northern Cumbria for a period of over twenty years!

Likewise, greatly cutting the budget for Management Consultants and PR would also save enough money for the BBC to greatly improve Regional Television News output for North West England and the Isle of Man. So when Mr. Aziz Rashid, then the Head of Regional and Local Programming for North West England, intimated that the BBC cannot afford opt-outs and extra resources to improve Regional News Programming for more northerly parts of North West England and the Isle of Man he was not being truthful. The BBC wastes a lot of money on back-office stuff that does not benefit viewers of BBC programming. It is time that this was dealt with.

Ian Pennell

Published by northwestisnorthwest

I live near Alston in north -east Cumbria (and yes, it is in North West England). I have friends who live in the middle part of North West England - near Lancaster (which is where I went to University and used to live until 14 years ago). A big problem is that the Regional Television Bulletins for the North West covers the southern third of the Region about 90%,(plus a part of Derbyshire which is NOT the North West of England), covers the middle third of North West England poorly and covers the northern third of North West England not at all! People living in the westernmost part of North West England (around St. Bees Head) have local BBC news on their televisions which is 90% about North East England!!

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