Last updated on October 14th, 2010
In my capacity at work, if I steal something from a member of the public while they are on site, I’d get interviewed by the police and prosecuted under the law of the land.
Bizarrely, in TV land they don’t work to our laws. If they steal from the public, the company gets fined by a “Watchdog”!!!
BBC fined £400,000 over phone-ins is the latest abomination of justice. Here’s the sequence of events:
- BBC boss says “make a show”
- BBC boss says “Make more money”
- BBC staff say “How?”
- BBC boss says “Charge people for phone calls even if competitions are finished or there isn’t one or if the winner is pre-determined!”
- BBC staff say “OK”
- Someone finds out
- BBC say sorry, whatever that means. How can an organisation say sorry!
- Not good enough, says the Watchdog. We’ll have £400,000. (How do they choose this figure and how can one publicly funded body fine another?)
- So the BBC is funded by the licence payer
- So in effect, we pay the fine ourselves (it’s about 3p each)
- The BBC boss keeps making shows and promises to be good.
No. No. No.
The boss ordered a THEFT, just like an East End gang boss. They stole millions, just like an East End Gang boss.
The BBC (and ITV) boss for each show that instigated the theft should be prosecuted under common law. They gained (or intended to gain) from their actions. Presumably making profits is high up on the CV criteria and they’d be looking for bonuses and promotions and/or new contracts. So they gained in quite material ways.
Prosecute individuals. It’s the only way to make corporations act ethically. The fact that BBC bosses took a bonus cut (!) is immaterial. They should be prosecuted for theft and have a big chunk taken from their salary not a piddling cut in bonus.
The whole thing stinks and the disparate way that the law is applied in this country is a disgrace to honour. Shame on the whole fucking lot of them.
Prosecute the Watchdog for incompetence. If a farmer has a guard dog that doesn’t do it’s job, it’s put down because it’s plainly useless. Same with OfCom. This “affair” went on for two years. What are they playing at?