BBC Radio & TV Controllers

A friend sent me a copy of an article on Patrick Moore which had appeared in The Times. The article heading read ‘The BBC is being ruined by women, says Patrick Moore’.

I must admit that due to my ongoing discontent with BBC TV output I started looking for the name of the producer and/or director of each programme. Sure enough, virtually 80% of BBC TV programmes are either produced or directed by women. Now don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not anti women, in fact a very close lady friend is a solicitor advocate and at the fore in her profession. My friends wife and her lady business partner represent a large number of TV and radio presenters very successfully (you should see their list of clients) and Jaybee who created my website and this blog site is an incredibly talented lady.

According to The Times article, Jane Bennett is Director of BBC Vision, she has overall responsibility for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.

Jenny Abramsky is Director of BBC Radio & Music overseeing Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, Five Live, digital stations and Popular Music Television.

Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction. In charge of drama commissioning (Doctor Who, Life on Mars), programming acquisitions and BBC Films.

Lucy Lumsden, BBC Controller of Comedy Commissioning. Hits include The Catherine Tate Show and Saxondale.

The question is, do the aforementioned women provide licence payers of all ages with value for money ?



2 Responses to “BBC Radio & TV Controllers”

  1. Jaybee Says:

    Well I have to agree with you, yes, I am incredibly talented….. for a woman πŸ˜‰

    Interesting question. I don’t think they do any worse than their male counterparts. What they provide is light, non-threatening, middle of the road entertainment. Contrast that with the dross on some of the independents which are run by men.

    I’m not easily shocked but there have been some shows available over the last couple of years which have left me speechless either by their banality (e.g. Russell Brand – Big Brother’s Big Mouth) or their sheer offensiveness (e.g. Russell Brand – Big Brother’s Big Mouth plus others)

    The one thing we can be grateful for is that the Beeb don’t seem to have leapt on the reality show bandwagon in a big way. If I see one more Celebrity Housemate, Jungle dweller, Chauffeur, BodyGuard, Circus Performer, Indian Taxi Driver etc etc in lieu of decent programming, I’ll go mad.

    Of course, there is another reason that women are in charge…..

  2. Sgitheanaich Says:

    Whilst I agree word for word with Jaybee, it’s worth noting that the genre of comedy that Mr Moore nostaglically recalls largely featured mysogenistic, or chauvenist male-dominated humour. I know, my dad still has them all on Beta-max πŸ™‚

    Of course, to him, women seem to mess things up. The world was perfect when they stayed in miniskirts, fluttering around the kitchen sink being chased by cheeky chappies like Benny Hill. They gave men dinner, entertainment and did what they were told. Of course, to Patrick Moore, this ethos must have been Utopian. I know he lost his fiancee in WW2 as a young man, but perhaps his attitude contributed to the fact that he never married.

    Sheesh, imagine, a woman with a mind of her own. Ye gods, they’ll be wanting the vote next!

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