Sam Delaney: 'BBC pay details are pointless. What can we do with this information apart from gossip?'

BBC pay: 'Tabloids and the Tories attack the BBC as being inefficient and wasteful', says sociologist

The BBC has released the wages of its top stars

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

talkRADIO presenter Sam Delaney has suggested that today's big BBC pay disclosure is pointless as "all we can do with the information is sit and gossip."

Our Drive host made the comments while talking to BBC expert Tom Mills, after the details of dozens of star names were released by the Corporation today.

Mills, sociologist and author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service, told Sam: "At the end of the day we all pay our licence fee so it’s a public organisation so I think any transparency is a good thing."

However, he added: "this has been the latest stage in a whole process of pressure mainly put on by the tabloid press and the Conservative Party. The BBC being attacked as being inefficient and wasteful of public money."

Now the wages have been released, he believes the BBC could improve things by "ensuring everyone at the BBC is on a more equal wage. You could cap the wages at the top to the wages at the bottom.

"You could decrease the amount of flow backwards and forwards of the BBC by bringing more things in-house.

Or, he suggested, the BBC "could introduce more collective forms of decision-making as well, which means you wouldn't have the executives at the top with a lot of concentration of wealth and power."

Listen to the full interview above