Just what we fucking need - more tax-funded media. Media Guardian:
The culture, media and sport select committee has announced an inquiry into public service media content.Of the 30 best-paid state-employed media executives from the Taxpayers’ Alliance Public Sector Rich List (pdf) published last week, 13 work for Ofcom. No wonder they like tax-funded solutions so much.
Early next year, the committee will look at a range of issues facing public service television, including its prospects once the UK switches over to digital television.
It will also look at "the viability of existing funding models for ITV, Channel 4 and [Channel] Five" and the case for "public funding of broadcasters in addition to the BBC".
Also on the agenda are the future of children's television and news. The committee said it will look at "the future of key areas of public service, media content such as news provision and children's programming".
Media regulator Ofcom's proposal for a "public service publisher" (PSP), funded by the public purse, will also be discussed, as will "the case for provision of public service material on new media".
1 BBC Mark Thompson Director General 619,000
2 Channel 4 Kevin Lygo Director of TV 565,000*
3 Channel 4 Andy Duncan Chief Executive 549,000*
4 BBC Mark Byford Deputy Director General 456,000
5 BBC John Smith Chief Operations Officer 444,000
6 Ofcom Stephen Carter Chief Executive 440,667
7 Channel 4 Andy Barnes Sales Director 409,000*
8 BBC Jana Bennett Director of Television 353,000
9 Ofcom Kip Meek Chief Policy Partner 338,579
10 BBC Zarin Patel Finance Director 324,000
11 BBC Jenny Abramsky Director of Radio and Music 322,000
12 BBC Caroline Thompson Director of Strategy 317,000
13 BBC Ashley Highfield Director of New Media 311,000
14 Ofcom Ed Richards Chief Operating Officer 308,930
15 BBC Stephen Dando Head of BBC People 292,000
16 BBC Tim Davie Director of Marketing 287,000
17 Ofcom Sean Williams Partner, Competition 251,186
18 Ofcom Tim Suter Partner, Content and Standards 243,387
19 Ofcom Peter Ingram Chief Technology Officer 238,540
20 Ofcom Dominic Morris CBE Director of the CEO’s Office 221,692
21 Ofcom Philip Rutnam Partner, Competition and Strategic Resources 210,811
22 Ofcom Sandra Jenner HR Director 210,191
23 Ofcom Lord Currie Chairman 193,737
24 Ofcom Graham Howell Secretary to the Corporation 182,668
25 Ofcom Tony Stoller CBE External Relations Director 182,595
26 Channel 4 Rod Henwood New Business Director 180,000*
27 Ofcom Rona Chester Finance Director 177,639
28 UK Film Council John Woodward Chief Executive 176,794*
29 Channel 4 Anne Bulford Finance Director 173,000*
30 Central Office of Information Alan Bishop Chief Executive 155,000