Monday, August 01, 2011

Miriam O'Reilly did well in her legal case to highlight the BBC's ageist policy, but I fear Miriam was unwise to accept the BBC's offer to present Crimewatch Roadshow. Truth is that the BBC is a very crafty organisation - and that's not going to change any time soon.

Last night Dragons' Den broke with tradition by featuring two women on the team rather than the usual one - and, like Miriam O'Reilly, neither of them was in the first flush of youth. So the BBC has, quite properly, taken Miriam's legal victory on board. I have a feeling, though, that Miriam herself is unlikely to be offered much more work by the Corporation. As far as BBC management is concerned, there's nothing worse than others getting the upper hand. Of course, I'd be happy to be proved wrong.

Mysterious goings-on were evident on the BBC News channel at 1am this morning, presumably to do with a one day strike by journalists. Just as Chris Rogers was about to start reading the news headlines from the London studio the feed switched instead to Rico Hizon in Singapore. If you blink you'll miss it.

A campaign has been launched to hold to account Britain's 'feral' elite for the series of crises which have scarred the country. Although the BBC isn't mentioned explicitly, I think it is telling that former Director-General Greg Dyke is the first signature on the list.

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