Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Some 'sisters' are NOT doing it for themselves + radio wages!!

For 2 years the BBC has pandered to feminist pressure-groups (in fact holds events for them) has been overly politically correct, and recently 'Lord Tony' decreed he wanted 50% Women presenters on BBC Local Radio breakfast shows by 'Autumn 2014'. 

Now, Gillian Reynolds, the most revered and honoured woman in UK radio, 'tells it like it is'!  It seems some 'sisters' are not 'doing it for themselves' or for Ms Reynolds, or indeed the listeners.

"Radio 2’s Sunday nights changed, Shennan says from necessity, I think for the worse. Clare Teal is a good singer. As host of a new two-hour show she’s embarrassing."*

"Shennan made a star signing this year in Clare Balding,... Good Morning Sunday, once a religious programme, was recalibrated for her, becoming “spiritually inclined”. Balding’s undoubted gifts are not shown to advantage here."*


It's time to FORGET quotas, and political correctness, and let there be a more natural balance in male/female radio presenters based on native ability!

More seriously in unnaturally, speedily, elevating women into radio, presumably the BBC will be paying them equal wages to their male counterparts, even though they are much newer to the role and got it by 'feminist default'?! 

Lord Tony?

I ask as I've recently become familiar with what seems to me to be a huge disparity with what BBC Local Radio pays for shows, and the equivalent in commercial (branded) radio. As far back as 1997 some BBC local stations were paying freelance presenters more than £20,000 a year just to present weekend shows! This was at the time some young, spotty hopefuls in (what was) ILR were being given £10 or £20 a shift on long overnights, before voice-tracking took over of course.... :-(

Goodness knows what some of the BBC Local staff must be getting 17 years later? 

Can anyone no longer enamoured with the secretive BBC system enlighten me further on BBC Local wages, past and present

Given the rapidly shrinking (in Rajar) and dying audience for many BBC Locals (some get less than 1 hour and 20 mins a day per listener) these shows are very expensive per head of audience!

And of course, I'd also love to find out which ILR over-nighters were paid the lowest wage between 1997 and now!

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