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Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Generation Game: BBC Axes Abysmal New Series

In the latest demonstration of BBC profligacy, the ailing national broadcaster has decided to axe the new series of The Generation Game after only one episode.

The BBC commissioned four episodes of the refreshed show last summer, with former Great British Bake-Off presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fronting the new format. The first episode, coincidentally broadcast on 1st April, was panned by critics and viewers alike, with some of them branding it a "desperate performance" riddled with "canned laughter" and "toilet humour".

The Telegraph's Gerard O'Donovan gave the primetime show a dismal one out of five rating and described it as a "shameless carbon copy" of the much loved earlier versions hosted by the late Larry Grayson and Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The second episode is scheduled for broadcast tonight, but the remaining two are destined for the cutting room floor.

A source close to the production told the Sunday Express: "Each episode of the show would have cost between £500,000 to £750,000. One of the problems was renting a studio which was just too large. They then found that two of the episodes were unbroadcastable. They were canned."

The source added that it was highly unlikely the remaining episodes of the series, which cost an estimated £3m to produce, would ever be broadcast.

The episode broadcast on 1st April included a particularly cringeworthy segment where contestants tried their hand at sausage making. The Twitterati were quick to draw comparisons with the depraved goings on in Jimmy Savile's dressing room.

The Generation Game went through a "triple lock" commissioning process, whereby three senior BBC executives gave the joint go-ahead for the new version to enter production.

At the time of commissioning Charlotte Moore, the BBC Director of Content, said: "The Generation Game is an iconic BBC One show, so to be able to bring it back for today's audience with Mel and Sue overseeing things is a wonderful moment for the channel."

It appears the BBC has managed to slaughter the opportunity at considerable expense to the TV licence fee payer.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

BBC Gives Austerity-Busting Pay Rises to 500 Staff

The BBC has sparked fury by giving 500 staff a 25 percent pay rise, when the rest of the public sector is experiencing a long period of pay restraint.

According to The Sun 163 staff received a rise of 50 percent and one had their salary doubled.

More than 1,500 staff receive a salary in excess of their stated salary band, according to figures obtained by The Times (subscription). In grade 10, which includes many news correspondents and presenters, 424 of the 1,375 staff are paid in excess of the maximum (£70,672) for their salary band.

A BBC spokesman said: "While there are strict rules around any pay increases it's only right that when people are promoted or take on extra responsibilities it's reflected in their salary – and just as at any organisation, there will be a number of cases where people are promoted to a significantly more senior or prominent role or take on a wide range of extra responsibilities."

James Price of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Increases should be performance-related, not just raised for huge swathes of the BBC.

"It’s not right that people are forced to pay licence fees to fund grossly inflated salaries.

"Licence fee-payers expect their money to be spent on quality news and programming, not excessive pay rises."

The BBC is currently facing uncomfortable scrutiny over allegations of gender inequality. The Corporation recently reported a gender pay gap of around 10 percent. Bonus payments made to male employees were 20 percent higher than those to made to females.

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Monday, 2 April 2018

BBC Targets Gender Balance of Expert Contributors

The BBC wants to see a 50/50 split of male/female experts being wheeled out for comment and opinion on its news, current affairs and topical programmes.

The Corporation will introduce monthly monitoring to ensure gender quotas are met, but says it will continue to interview the most relevant person for the story irrespective of their gender.

Research by City University London found there was a 3:1 ratio of male to female expert contributors on BBC news programmes in 2015. The BBC hopes to achieve an equal split by April 2019.

Some BBC staff are said to be sceptical of the new initiative.

Radio 4 presenter Jane Garvey, a leading member of the BBC Women group, said: "It sounds like a half-decent attempt but they are always doing this. It's like the Government - they are always announcing things that are new when they are not. I am not overwhelmed with enthusiasm as I feel have heard it all before."

Sophie Walker, the leader of the Women's Equality party, said: "I suspect this is being trumpeted now in order to divert attention away from the BBC's still unresolved cases of pay discrimination against female employees. If this is not to be seen as another sleight of hand, the BBC must tackle the structured inequality throughout its own organisation."

Tony Hall, BBC Director General, said: "This is a fantastic project that is already driving change. The results from programmes that have taken it up have been remarkable. Adopting it more widely will help transform the range of expert voices across the BBC."

In recent months the BBC has faced considerable criticism over the way it apparently treats its female employees less favourably than their male counterparts. BBC News presenter Carrie Gracie, a fluent Mandarin speaker, resigned her role as China Editor in protest at the fact the BBC's male foreign editors were paid up to 50 percent more.

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