BBC Leaders Have Harsh Words for Own Corporation

Friday, 22 Feb 2013 10:33 AM

 

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LONDON — The BBC is a bloated, top-heavy, and poorly led corporation staffed by dull executives — and that's just what the company's leadership says.

In 3,000 pages of emails and interviews published Friday, the BBC's top officials have harsh words for the institutional culture of their respected media group, whose reputation has been tarnished by a pedophilia scandal.

Leading BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman says it has recruited many people "who are clearly not the most creative." BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten says the organization once had "more senior leaders than China."

The comments are contained in the BBC's probe of its handling of sex crime allegations against the late entertainer Jimmy Savile. It concluded that chaos and miscommunication were to blame for a bungled response to the sex abuse revelations.

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