A brutal report by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee describes the BBC’s director general Tony Hall as ‘effectively accountable to no-one’.
‘The director-general has a high level of power and a low level of accountability,’ said committee chair Jesse Norman. The report went on to attack ‘Orwellian’ over-management in an ‘arrogant and introspective’ culture.
Being kicked by a bunch of MPs never stopped anyone for very long, as any number of Murdoch execs can attest. However, the committee accurately describes the vacuum at the top of the BBC, where a tiny group makes major decisions in a sealed bubble, impervious of how they might be perceived from the outside. Tony’s been rumbled.