There seems little point in expecting rational decisions from the British Broadcasting Corp. at this low moment in its fortunes.
Take the pay-off awarded to George Entwistle, the outgoing director-general, who has received a full year’s salary when, contractually, he should have received half as much. It suggests that Lord Patten of Barnes and the BBC Trust have yet to grasp the true significance of the Newsnight debacle. It is about loss of trust.
As Tim Davie, Entwistle’s temporary replacement, observed, if the BBC forfeits trust, it forfeits everything — and it is certainly undermined by crass decisions such as Entwistle’s lavish severance package. The events of the past few weeks have left Login to read more