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Question Time Host David Dimbleby Offered £15K Per Program (£2.3M 5 Yr Contract)

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Can't recall seeing this particular Q-T story, apologies if its old news...

From todays' Sunday Times p3:

"David Dimbleby is in a stand-off with the renewal of his current £3.5m 5 year contract because bosses fear he may be too old to host the 2015 General election (he's 72).

The veteran broadcaster has been offered a new 5 year deal which includes a £2.3m payment to host 30 editions of Question Time..."

He's not signed the new contract and is quibbling over being paid £15k per episode (30 per year) worth £450k p.a. or £2.25m over 5 years. I assume he'll be expected to do additional work at elections and royal weddings and such like to bring his total contract up to > than his current £700k(ish) a year from the taxpayer.

The article also says "He is reportedly irritated by the BBC's decision to relocate production of Q-T to Glasgow."

Personally I think Q-T should have a different chair like Have I Got News For You. And that £5k + expenses would be more than enough for a couple of days work at the taxpayers expense.

(Mods - feel free to merge with the Q-T thread - I thought this example of public sector pay was worth a greater airing fist.)

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30 days work is 1.5 months work multiply this by 9 to get 12 months, so £450,000 x 9 = £4,050,000 PA.

Not bad for a socialist.

He should have been reprimanded after the Nick Griffin interview for chairing what was the most biased Question Time in history.

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30 days work is 1.5 months work multiply this by 9 to get 12 months, so £450,000 x 9 = £4,050,000 PA.

Not bad for a socialist.

He should have been reprimanded after the Nick Griffin interview for chairing what was the most biased Question Time in history.

Yes, that was a lowpoint for Q-T - if he (and his organisation the Beeb) though that Griffin was an odious creep then they should have let him condemn himself out of his own mouth, rather than the ridiculous panto baddy booing that the episode descended into.

Has he ever claimed to be a socialist though? I'd have him down as patrician, moneyed, Hampstead liberal (the Beebs chief recruiting ground) rather than one of Scargills boys.

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Yes, that was a lowpoint for Q-T - if he (and his organisation the Beeb) though that Griffin was an odious creep then they should have let him condemn himself out of his own mouth, rather than the ridiculous panto baddy booing that the episode descended into.

Has he ever claimed to be a socialist though? I'd have him down as patrician, moneyed, Hampstead liberal (the Beebs chief recruiting ground) rather than one of Scargills boys.

He's an ex Bullingden boy like Cameron. I imagine he's pretty left wing/statist to have survived so long at the BBC. The Labour Party should pay his wages.

But is he "worth" £2.3 million in the open market though? I seriously doubt ITV would snap him up for £2.4M.

Even David Frost "retired" to Ali bongo TV..laugh.gif

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£15,000 for 2 or 3 hours sitting down and chatting once a week (allowing some preparation time). £5000 per hour, money for old rope. Bo Selecta would do a better job and be more what they call "appropriate".

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£15,000 for 2 or 3 hours sitting down and chatting once a week (allowing some preparation time). £5000 per hour, money for old rope. Bo Selecta would do a better job and be more what they call "appropriate".

I'd hazard a guess that he operates as a ltd company as well, so he'll avoid paying NI etc. on most of his £700k p.a. or whatever he gets.

I assume he'll claim 40p per mile etc. as he's whisked from London to Glasgow etc? Or get the beeb/taxpayer to shell out the airfare.

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too old to host the 2015 General election (he's 72).

Has the BBC already forgotten that they cant fire old people no matter how useless or wrinkly/ugly they are?

Only applies to women tongue.gif

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Looks like they've still got money to burn :-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1354112/BBC-migration-boss-travels-4k-miles-work-avoids-UK-income-tax.html

I pity the fools that pay for this largess... oh. I guess this is why so many of their programmes are shit, the money never makes it on screen. I'm not sure if he's a socialist, Dimbleby is definitely a nepotist, though I'm sure he's blissfully indifferent to the plight of most peoples' lifes. Most of the establishment is made up of these twonks, like the arabists in the Foreign Office that have been completely blindsided recently.

Mind you :-

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/16/paul-dacre-daily-mail-executive-pay-comment

Not that you're forced to buy the Daily Mail, thank god.

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Can't recall seeing this particular Q-T story, apologies if its old news...

From todays' Sunday Times p3:

"David Dimbleby is in a stand-off with the renewal of his current £3.5m 5 year contract because bosses fear he may be too old to host the 2015 General election (he's 72).

The veteran broadcaster has been offered a new 5 year deal which includes a £2.3m payment to host 30 editions of Question Time..."

He's not signed the new contract and is quibbling over being paid £15k per episode (30 per year) worth £450k p.a. or £2.25m over 5 years. I assume he'll be expected to do additional work at elections and royal weddings and such like to bring his total contract up to > than his current £700k(ish) a year from the taxpayer.

The article also says "He is reportedly irritated by the BBC's decision to relocate production of Q-T to Glasgow."

Personally I think Q-T should have a different chair like Have I Got News For You. And that £5k + expenses would be more than enough for a couple of days work at the taxpayers expense.

(Mods - feel free to merge with the Q-T thread - I thought this example of public sector pay was worth a greater airing fist.)

Well then compare it to what a premier league footballer, I don't think his salary is excessive as it's relative to what other people are earning in similar jobs.

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Well then compare it to what a premier league footballer, I don't think his salary is excessive as it's relative to what other people are earning in similar jobs.

Or we could compare all of them to somebody who does good in society, like a nurse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativism

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I'd hazard a guess that he operates as a ltd company as well, so he'll avoid paying NI etc. on most of his £700k p.a. or whatever he gets.

Hardly surprising if he does. I earn way, way less than he does and my accountant suggested going Ltd.

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Well then compare it to what a premier league footballer, I don't think his salary is excessive as it's relative to what other people are earning in similar jobs.

Oh come on not the old footballer comparison, footballers are the elites in a profession that is a free market enterprise, they earn what the market dictates as top footballers win your competitions which earn lots of money through tv/tickets/merchandise etc.. and theyve created one of Britains best tax earning business and most successful exports of the last 15 years ... the Premier League!

Besides that theyre getting money dished out to them by Oligarchs and Arab states,

This bloke sits in the middle of 4 or 5 people pushing the Beebs agenda one day a week, any average newsreader could do his job he is easily replaceable .. Ronaldo is not!

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Has he ever claimed to be a socialist though? I'd have him down as patrician, moneyed, Hampstead liberal (the Beebs chief recruiting ground) rather than one of Scargills boys.

There is the finest of lines between the wealthy of each group.

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Oh come on not the old footballer comparison, footballers are the elites in a profession that is a free market enterprise, they earn what the market dictates as top footballers win your competitions which earn lots of money through tv/tickets/merchandise etc.. and theyve created one of Britains best tax earning business and most successful exports of the last 15 years ... the Premier League!

Besides that theyre getting money dished out to them by Oligarchs and Arab states,

This bloke sits in the middle of 4 or 5 people pushing the Beebs agenda one day a week, any average newsreader could do his job he is easily replaceable .. Ronaldo is not!

I never like the footballer comparisons because it's so incredibly easy to opt out. Don't subscribe to Sky Sports and don't go to the games. They don't get any of my money. It's not so easy with the BBC. Any consumption of TV and you have to agree to the BBC's insanity.

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The BBC will probably pay his taxi fares though, they usually do. How many miles would that be a week? 800?

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From todays' Sunday Times p3:

"David Dimbleby is in a stand-off with the renewal of his current £3.5m 5 year contract because bosses fear he may be too old to host the 2015 General election (he's 72).

I thought the standoff was over his refusal to move the show's base to Glasgow? Like many BBC types, he seems to think anthing outside the M25 is a mysterious heathen land

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he seems to think anthing outside the M25 is a mysterious heathen land

To be fair, that does describe Barnsley quite well.

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30 days work is 1.5 months work multiply this by 9 to get 12 months, so £450,000 x 9 = £4,050,000 PA.

Not bad for a socialist.

He should have been reprimanded after the Nick Griffin interview for chairing what was the most biased Question Time in history.

Couldn't agree more. Would never vote BNP but that QT was off the scale in terms of impartiality, the audience included.

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Couldn't agree more. Would never vote BNP but that QT was off the scale in terms of impartiality, the audience included.

They only invited him on to cause trouble, and he keeps saying outrageous things, what next, war mongering? The first rule of a hatchet job is to use people with a degree of integrity and respect. I mean, would you rush out to save either of them from a burning building?

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I thought the standoff was over his refusal to move the show's base to Glasgow? Like many BBC types, he seems to think anthing outside the M25 is a mysterious heathen land

Well according to the article, Dimbleby reckons he's 'got one more general election in him' and wants to anchor the 2015 GE special. He'll be 76 though and the beeb bosses are suposed to be wary that a 76 year old won't have the stamina for a 15 hour GE marathon. The Glasgow thing has also annoyed him.

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