Justin Dunn’s

WHAT’S AN­NOY­ING HIM Re­spected’ BBC ser­vice all boils down to money

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AF­TER nearly 30 years of scrib­bling things down for a living for var­i­ous dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions, life fi­nally took me in­side a BBC news­room on Sun­day.

It was at the gleam­ing, multi-floored north­ern HQ of the cor­po­ra­tion at Me­dia City in Sal­ford.

I couldn’t im­pressed.

Row upon row of state-of-the-art tech. Bun­dles of fresh news­pa­pers ev­ery­where ( Guardians, ob­vi­ously, but all the oth­ers, too).



be one, ei­ther. Why should Lon­don get all the dosh li­cence pay­ers are forced to pay?

But hav­ing largely worked in­side com­mer­cially-run news­pa­per of­fices pretty much my en­tire ca­reer, the dif­fer­ence was stag­ger­ing.

Pitched around an atrium sur­rounded by seven vast floors of hacks were huge, HOW nice of Kate and Wills to name their new princess Char­lotte El­iz­a­beth Diana.

Just a bit sur­prised they didn’t man­age to fit Gurkha, Bal­ti­more and Orville onto the birth cer­tifi­cate, too. jovially-coloured Polo mints.

Each one housed two seats fac­ing each other. Chat-pods, thought-yurts, idea-broil­ers? You tell me.

Yet in lo­cal news­pa­pers across the UK, drowned out by the state-funded BBC, you’d be lucky to find a chair that works prop­erly. Aun­tie is rightly re­spected as the world’s best and most re­spected broad­caster. But one glimpse in­side the place speaks vol­umes about its mind­set and out­put.

Like all things tax­payer- f unded, it’s all about the salaries first and the ser­vice sec­ond.

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