Hopefully BBC news journalists won't take up the call to become 20 per cent more creative

 

Considering the BBC is one of the best-funded communications companies in the world – its upper management have no excuse for some of the dreadful crimes they have commited against the English language.

Take the ongoing project to take 16 per cent off the organisation's running costs by cutting thousands of jobs. Now they could hardly call it Slash and Burn, but Delivering Quality First? Really?

First impressions are that new BBC director general George Entwistle will be delivering more of the same spiel.

Following his first address to all staff this week, I for one was left scratching my head as to what he was going on about.

Here was what he had to say about the journalism side of the BBC operation:

“The progress news and sport have made in testing the boundaries of our existing content forms suggest to me that genre structures pool expertise and challenge conventional thinking to the right degree.”

Pass the BBC management-speak phrasebook please.
 
Now I realise that Entwistle probably doesn't write this stuff himself, but considering the BBC's vast PR and marketing budget – you would think they could find someone a little better acquainted with the art of putting one word in front of another to draft these speeches.
 
The next day Entwistle told John Humphrys on the Today Programme that one of his core aims was to increase creativity by 20 per cent.
 
Isn't that bit like saying everyone needs to have 13 per cent more fun and come up with programmes that are 7 per cent edgier and 14 per cent  more original.
 
Fingers crossed news reporters don't take the demand to be more creative too literally. Because not mentioning any names, that didn't turn out too well for the BBC once before.
 

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