Thursday, October 30, 2008
Mark Thompson scewered on Newsnight.
Did you see Emily Maitlis interview BBC Director-general, Mark Thompson on Newsnight tonight. It must be enormous fun to be given licence to rip into your boss like that. I thought she was great and exposed the BBC's boss as a rather indecisive figure. Really made him squirm. On several occasions he refused to answer her question about whether he thought Jonathon Ross was worth his £18 million. He had to say yes - but just wouldn't do it. . And when she asked him if he thought a disgracefully outrageous joke, based on the age of Queen Elizabeth, broadcast on the BBC last night was acceptable, he was totally stumped - and remained stumped every time she re-asked the question. A few minutes earlier he'd told us that he'd decided the Ross/Brand remarks were unacceptable in five nano-seconds - and nothing whatsoever to do with public outrage. But faced with a similar example of unacceptable comments broadcast on the BBC, he had absolutely no idea what to say. I wonder what Mark Thompson said to and about Emily after the programme.