David Frost: There is one level at least of middle management at the BBC that could be sacrificed and not replaced

Veteran broadcast David Frost has suggested that new BBC director general needs to thin out BBC management.

Frost, who has worked for the BBC off and on since 1962,  told the Independent:

"He has come back at just the right moment. I think that one thing that you talk to people about inside the BBC and outside the BBC and everybody seems to feel that there is one level at least of middle management that could be sacrificed and not replaced. There’s too much middle management at the BBC. The interesting thing is that the middle management and possibly the higher management crisis at the BBC is very similar to the situation that the Royal Opera House was in when Tony arrived there. There were all those stories about rifts.”

Hall is proposing a £150,000 cap on redundancy payments for BBC managers.

But there are no signs so far that he plans to reduce the number of well-paid senior managers at the BBC. 

Last week head of television Roger Mosey was moved to the new £270k-a-year role of head of editorial standards.

The BBC also has a management board member responsible for development and implementation of editorial policy and standards. David Jordon was on a salary of £167,000 as of June 2012.

Several executives who did not cover themselves in glory during the Jimmy Savile/Lord McAlpine scandals well have all retained their salaries and been moved sideways to new roles. 

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