Thursday, June 4, 2009

Whose side are we on?

Another great headline: BBC deals "stop scrutiny". Apparently, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has produced a report on the way the BBC opens up information about the way it spends taxpayers' money.
The BBC refused to give the National Audit Office (NAO), the public spending watchdog, a breakdown of presenters' salaries for a selection of radio shows unless the NAO signed a non-disclosure agreement, the committee said.

Edward Leigh MP, the chairman of the committee, said it was "disgraceful" that the BBC could dictate what the NAO could inspect when public money was at stake.
Whose side do we take? It's a tough call.


  1. That's a tough one, Vote for the rights of a monopolistic, biased corporation, that takes 3.5bn GBP+ a year, to keep its financial records secret, or vote for disclosure of the use of taxpayers money. (I consider the TV licence a tax). Difficult choice.

    [Aargh - this flaky comment code is driving me up the wall]

  2. Sorry about the comment code, Alfred. I have asked someone to sort it out. For myself, I find that I have to log in before I even read comments. Then I can open them and reply.