Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby hits out at Beeb's culture

// World | Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby hits out at Beeb's culture
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • The Question Time presenter says it cannot produce good director generals with the 'stomach' for a fight
  • Dimbleby could be a candidate to be next director general and says BBC is suffering its biggest ever internal crisis - 'of its own making'
  •  'It has gone bonkers' Mr Dimbleby said, adding Lord Patten should: 'reflect on why he chose George (Entwistle)'

By Martin Robinson

PUBLISHED: 05:19 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 09:30 EST, 12 November 2012

Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby has launched an extraordinary attack on the BBC's dense layers of management calling them 'bonkers' and saying they only speak 'gobbledygook'.

The Question Time host said the corporation has a culture of 'over-management' and is throttled by its own bureaucracy and cannot find any good director generals as a result.

Mr Dimbleby added he believed George Entwistle had been given a huge £450,000 pay-off to get rid of him and that BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten should 'reflect' on why he chose Entwistle in the first place.

Furious: Veteran David Dimbleby has launched a bitter attack on the BBC and said it is 'over-managed' by people who can't speak plain English

Furious: Veteran David Dimbleby has launched a bitter attack on the BBC and said it is 'over-managed' by people who can't speak plain English

The BBC's biggest-ever internal crisis is entirely 'of its own making', he said.

The presenter, who has been with the BBC for 50 years, has applied for the director general job in the past and his outburst has led to speculation he will take another run at it after Entwistle resigned after just 54 days in charge.

'In my opinion it is still over-managed and the management still speak gobbledegook,' he told Radio 4's Today programme.

'Any editor, any head of department spends their lives filling in forms and answering questions about things that are not really necessary using language that is so arcane, about platforms and genres and goodness knows what.'

He pointed out that George Entwistle's previous title before his abortive stint as DG had been head of 'vision' rather than head of television.

'It has gone bonkers at that level,' he added.

Attack: Mr Dimbleby said that George Entwistle lacked the 'stomach' needed for the job and Lord Patten should consider why he hired him in the first place

The presenter said the existing culture did not produce 'good director-generals'.

'You get people who have played the game very carefully, one against the other... they just don't have the stomach for what is needed,' he said.

Dimbleby said it would be 'absurd' for BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten to resign over the controversy. But he added: 'I think he should reflect on why he chose George.'

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Dimbleby suggested the nature of Mr Entwistle's departure demonstrated that he was not right for the job.

'The fact that he chose to resign rather than fight shows that he was not the right choice for Director-General. The DG has to fight like a tiger to defend the BBC and George did not do that,' he added.

'The trouble is that the BBC in recent years has throttled itself with its own bureaucracy - which saps the energy of its staff and demoralises them.

'It is over-managed and badly managed so that no-one knows how or where decisions are taken.

'The upshot is a crazy system where George as head of television, when told of the Savile suspicions, ends up saying that he does not want to show 'undue interest' in something that clearly radically affects his programming.'

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Hospital Charges Women $5 Each Time They Scream In The Delivery Room

Zimbabwe's rampant corruption has penetrated virtually all levels of public services, and it's gotten so bad that delivering a baby has become unaffordable for most ... Full story

Boko Haram, Kills Dozens In Raid On Nigerian Village

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed at least 45 people in a village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses have said. The gunmen who stormed Njaba ... Full story

Singapore To Cane Germans For Graffiti On Train

Two Germans have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane in Singapore for breaking into a depot and spray-painting ... Full story

Davido RespondsTo Reports Of Impregnating Older Lover

Just a few days after Davido told a fan on Twitter that his other talent apart from music is love making, the HKN star is ... Full story

U.S. Ambassador To South Korea Slashed In The Face By Knife Wielding Activist In Seoul

A horrific image has emerged showing the gaping wound inflicted on the U.S. Abmassador to South Korea's face after a furious activist slashed it open ... Full story

Segun Gele, I Know People Say I’m Feminine But I Don't Care

Master of traditional hair ties, Segun Gele yesterday spoke on Sahara Radio live. Mr Segun says he knows a lot of people doubt is s3xuality, ... Full story

Nigeria’s Ex-Chief Justice Mohammed Uwais, Son Allegedly To Have Joined Islamic State In Iraq And Syria

Reports published by The Will, a United States online news medium yesterday has suggested that, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria’s son may have joined ... Full story

Chadian President, Idriss Deby Says Shekau’s Whereabouts Known

Chadian President, Idriss Deby on Wednesday said that he knew the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the militant group Boko Haram, and further ... Full story

Funky Mallam Survives Food Poisoning

Actor and comedian Saeed Mohammed aka Funky Mallam says he survived food poisoning while on set of a movie location in Ikorodu three days ago. ... Full story

Maryam Abacha, Former First Lady Celebrates 69th Birthday In Cameroon

Hajia Maryam Abacha, matriarch of the Abacha family, yesterday marked her 68th birthday in a low key event at the Le Meridien Hotel Douala in ...

Mercy Johnson Gives Reason For Boarding A Train With 'Ordinary People'

My picture and that of my daughter, Purity in a Lagos train has surfaced online and quite a number of people have asked me what ... Full story

Comment on: Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby hits out at Beeb's culture

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

NFC Exclusive: Is Ann Njemanze’s Second Marriage In Crisis?

From all indications, it seems all is not well in actress Ann Njemanze’s new home. Ann, Segun Arinze’s ex-wife and Nollywood star who is well ...

Filmmakers set to relocate industry to Asaba

The hope for a film village by Nollywood practitioners has required a collaborated effort focused on the state capital, Delta State. This according to Nollywood ...

Nollywood May Not Get to The Peak… Tunde Kelani

Veteran Nollywood director, Tunde Kelani, has divulged that the rate of piracy in the country has grown to an extent that it is now affecting ...

Student Falls From 4th Floor After Deliverance Session in School

A student from the All Nations University College in the Eastern Region fell to her death from the school's storey building Wednesday evening Joy News ...

Dencia to Unveil New Cream ‘Darklicious’

Just as many people wants to get fairer by using all sorts of creams like Dencia’s Whitenicious product, some are planning to get darker due ...

Dencia Launches New Skin Product

Controvetsial Pop star Dencia, who is behind the beauty product Whitenicious recently released yet another controversial skin care products called Darklicious. Dencia who is part Cameroonian ... Full story

Zack Orji's Son, Leo'nel, Joins Music Bandwagon

With the rise of the parent-offspring collaborations going on in Nigeria, many of the celebrities might just turn the entertainment industry into a family business. ...

Governor Amaechi Turns Hairdresser in Rivers State

As the countdown to the March 28 general elections in Nigeria, some governors have began getting close to its citizens as a way of showing ...

Jealous Stepmother in Police Custody over Child Abuse

A 28-year-old woman, Christiana Faturoti in Ogun State has been detained for attempted murder after she had tied her stepdaughter, taped her mouth and locked ...

Olu Maintain And Peter Okoye, Flaunts Their Luxury Living Room

Big Boys, Peter Okoye and Olu Maintain watched the English Premier League matches tonight in the best way possible After watching the game, the two music ... Full story