Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, December 09, 2004
About one third of Great Aunt Beeb's staff face the axe, if their new boss has his way.

The idea is to push funding from overheads and ancillary activities to programme-making.

Director-General Mark Thompson's other aims are to step back from reality programming and to hive off the commercial product sales.

Here's hoping for an Antipodean version. Anything that would reduce our Auntie's insistent huckstering would be an improvement. And then there's Auntie's commercial activities.

Rumours that The Bill is to be coshed are unfounded.