Should the BBC bring in Birt 2.0? | Media | The Guardian
Well, perhaps not. For a start, programme-makers across the BBC are fearful that the quality of their programmes and services are already at risk – and will become more so as DQF (Delivering Quality First – the BBC’s post-licence-fee-cuts programme) begins to bite. And were that to happen, the BBC’s trump card in the face of political decision-makers of unreliable motivation – the huge affection audiences have for it – is put at risk too.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that in spite of all the internal soul-searching, years of cost-cutting and very real pressure on frontline services significant pools of rank inefficiency remain virtually untouched and – more worrying still – apparently untouchable. In spite of the fact that since 2009 the BBC has reduced the number of those defined as “senior management” from 640 to 485, two recent reports suggest that over-management at the BBC remains a serious problem.
John Myers, Guardian Media Group’s former head of radio, wrote those reports – one last year into the operation of Radios 1 and 2, and the other into BBC Local Radio, published the other week. They make for remarkably similar reading. Outstandingly committed and talented staff are delivering great programmes much beloved of audiences but over-management and a lack of transparency about costs are endemic.