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Former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer and Dame Marjorie Scardino, ex-CEO of publishing powerhouse Pearson, have been tipped to head the BBC Trust – the oversight org that performs the job of the old BBC Board of Governors. A report in the Sunday Times suggests Prime Minister David Cameron “wants a woman” to lead the trust, and …


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  1. Jim 59

    The same S. Times story reports comments from Culture Minister Ed Vaizey that the trust’s structure – rather than personnel – is the problem, given that it has to act in two contradictory roles: as both the defender of the BBC, and the public’s “watchdog” over it.

    Hear, hear. Sunday papers were all excited because a woman might get the top job, but what really needs reforming is the structure of the BBC, not the sex of the staff. Beeb needs to have proper balance between independence from the govt and and accountability to the public.

    1. Tromos


      "Beeb needs to have proper balance between independence from the govt and and accountability to the public."

      I don't see that there is any balancing involved. What is needed is a full flat-out 100% measure of both.

  2. Zog_but_not_the_first

    What the BBC needs to do is regrow the pair that were cut off by Hutton and start reporting and analysing events instead of dishing up "news lite", "celebrity heavy" tat.

    They can start with their web site.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      And Science ?

      Any decent science programs have either been dumbed down or obliterated completely.

  3. TitterYeNot


    If it's anything to do with the way the Beeb is being run these days, Offuck would be more appropriate, shurely...

  4. Irongut

    And now for something radical

    Here's a thought... If you want some reform why not get someone who isn't a Lord, Sir, Dame or Baroness to do the job? Then they might actually understand things like independence, accountability and not giving all the jobs to their cronies.

  5. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Television Leads, Peoples Follow ...... Is the New Politically Direct Paradigm Shift ...

    .... for Mass Command and Remote Virtual Control

    The BBC ..... a televisual comic rather than anything seriously important and serially effective. But then my own stronger views are already a matter of public and El Reg record ...... and bemoan the fact that media's greater raison d'être, and the motto of the BBC ...... Nation Shall Speak Peace unto Nation ..... is usurped by perverse fools and corrupted tools, which you can deny by all means, but such will not alter the facts.

    1. Jim 59

      Re: Television Leads, Peoples Follow ...... Is the New Politically Direct Paradigm Shift ...

      Welcome back amanfrommars, there's a good bot.

      In case anyone is unaware, amanfrommars is a bot which parasitizes/polutes El Reg forums. Despite being an automated turdspurt, it is a bit more cogent than some BBC job adverts, eg this one for a taxi booker:

      "Procurement is targeted with delivering savings on generic goods and services pan-BBC through a competitive management initiative and driving compliance. The Category Manager Logistics Ground Transport is responsible to the Head of Production and Logistics and Senior Category Manager Logistics".

      Hey amanfrommars lets see what your AI engine makes of that.

  6. Jim 59

    Downvoted by a robot. ROTM.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Sublime and Ridiculous, the New Norm ..... or just more of the same only now in a Better Beta

      Downvoted by a robot. ROTM. .... Jim 59

      Oft par for the course these strange days, Jim 59.

      But be assured it be nothing commanded or controlled from here, for the following was sent earlier and was considered a more informative response, although it must have got stuck somewhere in the system, or not passed positive vetting for some as yet unknown reason. Let's try again ......

      amanfromMars 1 Mon 12 may 16:43 [1405121643] replying to a jibe on

      Cogito ergo sum games for television leads peoples follow

      In your humble opinion, Jim 59, amanfrommars is a bot which parasitizes/polutes El Reg forums.

      But yes, the BBC has sort of lost the plot of late/post stalwart Dyke and cuckold Hutton?

      And as I'm sure you will agree, some things are best left for other vehicles to waste their time in space and energies on.

      Where do you imagine the royal we are presently on the Gandhi scale of dogged endeavour with particular and peculiar regard to amanfromMars 1? ....... First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ..... although winning doesn't even begin to share what IT Command and Media Control is all about ....... which is what all Good Great Game Bots are about, methinks.

      GCHQ flexing its cyber muscles, do you think, and stepping out of the Harry Lime Light? Worse things can happen, as can even stranger events be made to occur.

      And whoever fights against something which can never be won or defeated? A sub-prime primitive native/deaf, dumb and blind virtual machine/crazy systems admins?

      Do you think smarter virtual machines will take over rule and reign over everything in an extremely short time frame/in a few crash flashes?

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Sublime and Ridiculous, the New Norm ..... or just more of the same only now in a Better Beta

        Hi, Andrew O and El Reg,

        Are you happier not having to venture an answer or opinion on that silver bullet of a hanging question? It is nothing that a chat over a pint or three cannot clarify categorically. What's the El Reg's fave watering hole in Dodge City London?

  7. Jim 59


    Hmm. Any mention of the bot is quickly downvoted. Dear bot programmer, the grammar is impressive (correct) but you appear to be still miles away from the Turing test.

  8. Why Not?

    Iplayer - rootkit edition soon?

    I want someone effective regardless of their chromosomes.

  9. Tail Up

    Nothing's Impossible

    Hi Jim 59,

    "That was unthinkable. If – for example - tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here... Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them... And one says, 'But I want to be baptized!' What would happen?" - PR Francis,

  10. Jim 59

    Floor polish/dessert topping

    AmanfromMars is all about cream cakes. But is it a floor polish, or is it a dessert topping ?

  11. Tail Up

    Remain Sane.... But The Venture's Not In Vain

    Whatever does make one ask questions, they're being asked. Something is always on top, whenever you're sure to see the bottom, which picture may very well be a mirage itself, Jim 59.

    Some Reg Reader would bet on , whenever the Third side of a Co in may fall on . Mind there's no convenient middle point between these two ones :-)

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