Ross’s ob­scene pay is in­sult to li­cence-pay­ers

Daily Express - - LETTERS BEACHCOMBE­R -

SIX mil­lion pounds a year for Jonathan Ross (“The joke is on us”, Oc­to­ber 30). What­ever for? In ba­sic terms, this means that more than 43,000 peo­ple con­trib­ute their an­nual TV li­cence fees to pay the salary of just one BBC ‘en­ter­tainer’. Many of th­ese peo­ple are poor.

I ques­tion the men­tal­ity of a BBC man­age­ment which is pre­pared to pay such ridicu­lous amounts of pub­lic money to any­one, let alone peo­ple whose only tal­ent seems to be the abil­ity to use ob­scen­ity as the foun­da­tion of their ‘en­ter­tain­ment’.

In the For­ties, my Royal Marines drill in­struc­tor frowned on bad lan­guage, em­pha­sis­ing that us­ing pro­fan­ity showed a re­mark­able lack of vo­cab­u­lary on the part of the user and in­di­cated that such abusers of the English lan­guage lacked any per­sonal pride what­so­ever.

He was not wrong. Jim Porter, Deal, Kent

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