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4 July 2010

Should the BBC boss be paid five times salary of the PM?

Mark Thompson needs to enter the real world.

By James Macintyre

Iain Dale has rightly highlighted this absurdity regarding the pay of the director general of the BBC, Mark Thompson:

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.

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It is now completely undeniable, especially in the age of Tory “austerity” about which the BBC is so excited, that the corporation must eneter the real world and start doing some serious cutting of its own.

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It is simply wrong that the corporation employs so many people, on such high salaries, and clings to an outdated expenses system which, I happen to know, is badly abused.