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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Gambo bites the hand that feeds (again)... Reply with quote

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/7891061/Preposterous-salaries-show-BBC-has-lost-its-way-says-Gambaccini.html

He's quite right, of course, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. At the time (it was probably thought that) you pay the market rate for the right calibre of management, and the market rate was inflated.

Not only management come in for the tonguelashing

Gambaccini criticised the BBC for sending a "flotilla of people" to cover music events. The corporation sent 262 people to Glastonbury and 268 to a music festival in Scotland.

The preoccupation with younger audiences can be seen across radio on television, he said. On Radio 2 "it's plain to see that in the past decade the number of presenters hired from television has gone up".


A little unfair with the comment about The Ascent of Man though. That series has been shown on BBC4; to air just one of them, out of context, in a "Stephen Fry night" would have been pointless.

So, another digital channel of repeats is on the way - Vintage TV
The US-born presenter is the face of a new entertainment channel, Vintage TV, aimed at the over-50s. It launches on Sky and Freesat in September. "The over-50s remember programmes of a particular vintage, like Whistle Test and Monty Python. They are looking for programmes of the same quality - not because they are older viewers but because they were better programmes," he said.

Will that be the end of the road for his Radio 2 show?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Gambo bites the hand that feeds (again)... Reply with quote

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Will that be the end of the road for his Radio 2 show?


Oh I shouldn't think so Ron. You know how mature and impartial the BBC can get about criticism, not defensive at all. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Gambaccini has merely echoed what so many of us have been saying about the BBC for a long time now.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But have they been listening?

No, of course not.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears to be the case that, especially over the last few years, the BBC have been acting more and more like politicians, ie head in the sand, not responding to criticism unless the crap really hits the ffan (such as the Ross/Brand/Sachs incident).

The BBC have been utterly arrogant and seemingly answerable to no-one (except for the BBC Trust, as and when they feel like it).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do agree with every word Gambo says. Tony Blackburn is also involved with Vintage TV.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say that Vintage TV is excellent! Makes a change for oldies to be given their own music channel!

Getting back on-topic, I admire Paul Gambaccini for his comments. He's a respected man at the BBC, but will anyone there take any notice of him? Of course not.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again Paul Gambaccini is entirely correct so I expect he'll be getting his P45 soon. They don't like the truth at the BBC.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, he was relegated (or demoted) to Saturday nights last year, probably because he spoke the truth about Lesley Douglas and Russell Brand.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Paul Gambaccini bites the hand that feeds him (again) Reply with quote

And he's been on Daybreak to comment on the George Michael incident!
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