Andrew Marr to Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC: "You're paid five times what the Prime Minister is...
And answer came there none. Instead he wittered on about recruiting a new controller of Radio 4.
Mark Thompson earns £834,000 a year, I believe.
How many of us think he is worth that salary? Very few, I suspect. He reckons that most BBC senior managers could earn 80% more in the private sector. It's a line has been peddling for a long time. The fact of the matter is that it's bollocks. How many Personel Directors do you know in the media industry who earn £320,000? Very few, I suspect.
I fully understand that if you pay peanuts you get monkeys, but the BBC really needs to do more to address its senior management structure. There's an awful lot of fat there, and an awful lot of money to be saved, which could then be put to much better use in programme making.