October 18th, 2011

Alan Yentob Auctions BBC Internship For £4,000

With youth unemployment approaching a million the idea that rich parents can buy their children access to the top jobs is seen as particularly unfair. When the Tories were caught red-handed flogging internships for cash Tom Watson was quick out of the blocks:

“This is a crass example of rich Tories buying privilege. Most young people could only dream of this opportunity. The Conservatives flog them like baubles and fill their coffers with the profits. It is obscene.”

The BBC’s Andrew Marr joined in the kicking, “This money is going to be used by the Conservative Party, presumably, to tell us we’re all in it together.” So Guido is looking forward to similar outrage over the fact that the BBC’s Alan Yentob is at the centre of an intern-auctioning scandal. The charity “Kid’s Company” had a fundraising event on Wednesday 5 October attended by Clive Anderson and Rowan Atkinson plus the great and good of the liberal-luvvie media world. The auction was quite a hit with plenty of opportunity to “buy privilege”. Lot Number 9, “a week shadowing the BBC creative director” was particuarly popular – going for a total of £4,100. Guido would probably pay a similar amount not to spend a week with Alan Yentob…

So just how did the charity get such rare and much sought after access to the cut-throat world of BBC internships? When we asked the Beeb’s press office what Auntie’s policy was on internships, the Beeb’s line was that officially all “work experience placements” have to be advertised publicly and are overseen by the HR department. Except it seems if you are Alan Yentob who was clearly in breach of BBC policy. As chairman of “Kids Company” he just went round the rules and sold an opportunity “most young people could only dream of…” to the richest parents…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    time for the BBC to compete in a open and free market!


  2. 2
    Tax Payer says:

    He works for the BBC. They can do what they want.


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    The words real world, live in and doesn’t spring to mind.


    • 58
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      Don’t you think hawking a placement to the highest bidder is very ‘real world’?


  4. 4
    Eyes Down says:

    Hypocrisy from the left? Never!


  5. 5
    TomTom says:

    Ah Alan Yentob, Leeds University friend of Jack Straw…..and Iraqi made good with all that working for a State Broadcaster can do for a ’68er !

    The BBC was made for such people – an Olympian detachment from the plebs forced to pay homage to the New Godhead


  6. 6
    Penfold says:

    Rank hypocrisy, but of course its perfectly all-right, as its progressive hypocrisy of the right on type.

    We should demand Botney’s dismissal, abuse of position and privilege in a publicly funded organisation. Mind you with 3 BBC pension schemes he won’t suffer.


  7. 7
    Tom Watson's Largesse says:

    Tom Watson has a cheek. He has employed half of his family at the taxpayers’ expense including his old dear and his stepdad which fortunately for him wasn’t exposed along with his wife, brother, cousins and Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh because she remarried and the investigators were only looking for people with the same name as him.


  8. 11
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s hardly the same if the money is going to a charity for delinquent children, as opposed to a political party for delinquent adults.


    • 16
      Anonymous says:

      Watson said it was “buying privilege”. How is this different? How is the money going to charity relevant – poor, talented people still can’t afford it?


      • 92
        Anonymous says:

        Perhaps because hanging around the ugly fucker for a week isn’t what normal people would class as an internship.

        But giving to charity is best done by the rich. Perhaps they’ll build up some browny points in heaven – they’ll be knocking on the gates soon enough when we have regime change.


  9. 12
    Anonymous says:

    I work for the BBC and I completely condemn Alan Yentob doing this. it is wrong to sell access even for charity.

    But as the Press Office said there are controls within the BBC to prevent this happening, and we are rightly prevented offering placements to friends, acquaintances etc. Clearly Mr Yentob chose to ignore the rules.

    I hope he’s disciplined as any other member of staff would be, but I suspect he won’t be.


    • 30
      BBC Internal Disciplinary Commission says:

      We will withdraw his free Glastonbury pass


    • 33
      Cat says:

      Brave move – coming on here admitting you work for the British Biased Cocksuckers, even anonymously!


      • 46
        Engineer says:

        There’s about 25,000 of ‘em, apparently. Well, 23,000 by the time they’ve finished turning your Licence Fee payments into redundancy packages.

        Seem to remember Guido stating that a large proportion of his traffic originates in the BBC. Which makes you wonder how much work some of them really do…


        • 71
          jgm2 says:

          It doesn’t matter how much work they do. The end product is all we see.

          And the end product is one that, after being eviscerated by Labour over Dr K*el*ly, is still cowering with its tail between its legs any time a Labour gobshite pops up on TV.

          The BBC are the main reason that there is anybody left in the UK who would vote Labour. If the BBC did its job and even-handedly pointed out how the UK economy was anally raped for 13 years by Labour then Labour would be enjoying the kind of approval ratings currently reserved for the Lib Dems.

          But they don’t. They just push the ‘It was all the banks and anyway it started in America…’ line just as they did the day Brown announced the bank bailouts.

          On the other hand the T*ries deserve absolutely everything they get because they, in their turn, could have eviscerated the BBC on Day One. If they’d got into the fuckers good and early then by now, even after Hack-gate, they wouldn’t be in such a dominant media position.

          As it is the T*ries are fucked. They can’t get stuck into the BBC now because the bedwetters will point to Murdoch and use that as an excuse to keep a ‘neutral’ publicly funded broadcaster.

          There is just so much that should have been done on Day One but, apart from abolishing ID cards, they b*ot*t*led the job.


          • Jingouk says:

            The establishment civil service in cohoots with the Lib-Dems have got the Tories treading water until Labour is re-elected ..

            Cable and Huhne will lead the Lib-Dems into an alliance with Plan-B Labour. Clegg and Cameron will be finished. They will only have themselves to blame as they have been played for fools.

            This enormous taxpayer dependent cancerous blob hanging on the face of our country is not going to be operated on even though it is slowly killing our prosperity and the means to revive our fortunes.


          • Anonymous says:

            I just wonder about the BBC’s future in any event. I nearly bought a Sony Bluray player the other day that had a network connection and would connect to BBC iPlayer (like a PC) via home hub. Cost £100 – 2/3rds the cost of a licence. iPlayer is not behind a pay.wall, no licence required. So pay £150 quid a year to watch when the BBC want or nothing to watch when you want.


  10. 14
    Glyn H says:

    Nasty looking bloke, can’t be arsed to shave, Beeboid salaryman but also freelances, thus double dealing his employer. What ever happened to compulsory retiring pf all BBC executives at 60, as happened to a member of my family?

    The upper parts of the BBC are an utter disgrace these days.


    • 23
      AC1 says:

      You anti-semitic bastard!


      • 76
        Adolf Schicklgruber says:

        I have the solution.


      • 134
        Slug Balancer says:

        I am not ant-semitic, and I have to say that my opinion of Mr Yentob hit rock bottom the day I saw his documentary on Tolstoy (he had gone to Moscow at the licence-payers’ expense) and he referred to Konstantin Levin (the main male character of Anna Karenina) as ‘Dimitri Levin’. I doubt he had even read the book.


  11. 20

    Sure, this is a pretty tasteless exercise and if Yentob himself and/or the BBC as a whole have come out with an anti-unpaid internship stance then that would, of course, be hypocritical. To suggest that Marr is being a hypocrite, however, rests on the assumption that the two individuals (Marr and Yentob) are always in complete agreement and run every decision past each other. Or is this just broad brush stroke generalisation stuff?

    Also, is a WEEK shadowing a BBC exec the SAME THING as an internship? I’d rather understood that the latter goes on quite a bit longer than a week. Comparing apples and oranges to make some tenuously related swipe at the BBC?


    • 37
      Havin' It In Ibiza says:

      Guido – you were right about people from the BBC being one of largest sources of your readers…


      • 51

        I don’t work for the BBC. Never have done. Never will do – and I have as long a list of gripes about the Corporation as anyone, I’d guess. I just felt that the piece was grasping a bit for a fairly crude comparison and conflating individuals and organisations in a pretty simplistic way.


      • 106
        IP address says:

        I don’t work for the BBC


        • 118

          Is that my IP address? I wouldn’t know. Never seen the need to look it up. If you’re really good at the cloak and dagger stuff you’ll discover it’s the address of an HP laptop not owned by the BBC or a BBC employee. It may well be the case that the BBC employs people to respond anonymously to critical pieces on Guido’s site. But even if it does, I’m not one of them.


        • 127

          Oh, very good.. that 212 address is at the BBC… sheesh, you internet experts… I just looked up my IP address out of curiosity and it doesn’t start with 212…


    • 41

      is a WEEK shadowing a BBC exec the SAME THING as an internship?

      For these purposes, yes. It can go on a cv and will provide cachet – so long as mummy and daddy can afford it. The point it: it’s an indulgence sold by the BBC having railed against ….the selling of indulgences. I also support a charidee and would like to get £4,100 of funding. Will Yentob do another auction for me, or is he only selling indulgences on behalf of his personal pets?


      • 52
        Time to Shut Down The Parasitic State Broadcaster says:

        Yentob is a corrupt parasite who should be sacked. Simples.


      • 88
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        I think you are all being horrid to these poor children. They probably weren’t clever enough to do physics.


    • 45
      HandsomeDavid says:

      How did the move to Manchester go?


    • 62
      bergen says:

      It allows the rich and privileged child of some wealthy professed left winger in the”arts” to hawk a CV around showing his great experience at the expense of hard-working ordinary kids without daddy’s cheque book whilst still parading their “right-on”credentials.

      No doubt Yentob thinks rules are not for the likes of him.


      • 122

        Yep, it’s definitely shoddy stuff.


        • 138
          TONY BENN'S WILL says:

          from what I can remember there was an interview with Scott Walker ,one of the Walker Brothers of the 60’s, and it was remarkable because Scott Walker is a reclusive guy and the interview was a real scoop, and Alan Yentob was superimposed on the interview asking the questions,so with clever editing it looked like he was going the interview.That’s pretty bad as it looks to me like an abuse of power,in other words “it’s my program and I’m going to use my power to take the credit” but what really should be investigated is wether the program was made by a private company and sold to the BBC thus creating profit for appearances and any subsequent broadcasts would pay some royalties….and if it was a private company did Yentob have any connection with it?

          This information came from the Sunday Times about the time of the Phone in scandals when people were ringing in to vote for something and being charged even though the vote was over


          • Isn’t it the case that loads of the BBC’s programmes are actually made my independent private sector production companies? This phoney interview bit sounds reprehensible but a private company producing the programme would be pretty usual, wouldn’t it?


  12. 22

    If you want people to have money to spend, scrap the license fee, or make the BBC a subscription service. If you want it you pay for it.

    Now with digital and sections of this country that will be left without the ability to get “Free” broadcasts forcing them to have to purchase a dish or have cable installed, then make them pay a license fee on top of that is beyond insane.

    Let the BBC sell ad time, it already does this anyway if you know anything about product placement.


    • 35
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      those “free” broadcasts. Someone had to pay for the Aerial to be put up and adjusted in the first place.


  13. 26
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Ah yes. Mr Yobten.
    Couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow. Presided over a shocking disaster at the BBC. Do you youngsters remember when McDonald Hobley (was it?) had to wear a DJ to read the news on the new talking telly?


    • 128
      Olde farrt says:

      Ah! Them was the days! The Beeb only infested the telly room for about 6 hours a day in those days. No daytime telly and all stand and sing the national anthem at close down. Whatever happened to that elusive thing called ‘standards’?


  14. 29
    monkey for sale says:

    It’s not what you , but who you blow .


  15. 32
    monkey for sale says:

    Should have said ” know” *blushes*


  16. 34
    BBC for never says:

    Please explain why the BBC should change their nature and actually follow their own policies in any matter – are you seriously wanting the BBC to manage properly – come on, this is the BBC – they can’t be challenged.


  17. 38
    albacore says:

    Way to go!
    The BBC whoring itself rather than living off the taxpayers’ earnings – a consummation devoutly to be wished.


  18. 42
    Taxfodder says:

    In the main the BBC establishment are no better than politicians, they report what suits their argument and political standpoint, rarely the truth.

    I stopped paying the License fee tax years ago, I urge you to do the same.

    There is no honour in these people they are quite simply beyond contempt and paying a tax to support there excess is not too bright a thing to do.


    • 72
      HandsomeDavid says:

      Well done, feels good as well. I have not paid for 4 years.

      As long as people in the UK are prepared to pay for this bias and indoctrination then these parasites will continue to exist.


  19. 43

    I went to look at the advertised jobs in the radio offices in Regent Street, back in the 80’s. They were all advertised on a board that was beyond the security door.
    I asked if I could see them and was told I needed to work in the building to have aces to view the jobs.

    I wonder if its changed much?


  20. 44
    Jasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    Labour/BBC………all cu’nts together


  21. 47
    Time to Clean Out This Corruption says:

    Sack Yentob.


  22. 48
    Director General's Office says:

    Really Mr Guido how many times do we have say DON’T do as we do ! DO as we say !, this the BBC & we allowed, if not forced by the Charter, to have our own slant on EVERYTHING along with unrelenting 24/7 our left wing biased agenda on all TV & Radio channels including our 60 plus BBC internet streams.

    Hope this clarify’s the situation once & for all, please cease wasting the BBC’s time with such unhelpful intrusive questions from now on, we have our mission to complete !!!


  23. 53
    Jimmy says:

    Is this how you got NeoGuido?


  24. 55
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Botney is a hoon.


  25. 57
    MB. says:

    Good job Jim’ll Fix It is not still on or someone would be moaning about some of the things they did. Children in Need has auctioned off all sorts of opportunities like this. It is getting bad when people want to attack charities for political reasons.


    • 63
      Ethical Donations says:

      Many charities should be attacked for poltical reasons. Atlantic Bridge springs to mind.


    • 80
      jgm2 says:

      Labour appointed one of their cronies specifically to attack charities (private schools) for political reasons. Then, when some bullying allegations arose around the Maximum Imbecile they sent their charity stooge after the charity that was reporting it.

      She’d have been another fucker I’d have fired on Day One. Along with Mervyn King and a million other bastards.

      The T*ries had no excuse. They had 13 long years to draw up a list of fuckers to fire so they can’t claim it all came as a bit of a surprise.


      • 95
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        I went to KFC the other week. I donated them some money, and they donated me a chicken sandwich and chips. Its a charity you see.


        • 101
          jgm2 says:

          At least whoever bought this internship off Yentob is getting something for their money.

          What really makes my piss boil is being asked to ‘sponsor’ some fucking idiot who is cycling from London to Brighton or running around a park.

          Look pal, if you want to do something for charity you can wash my fucking car and give the money to charity. But running around a field or swimming up and down or cycling to Paris? Do fuck off.


  26. 61
    Ethical Donations says:

    Thanks for highlighting the crappy sense of ethics operating at Kids Company. I shall not support that charity in future.


  27. 68
    Nala Botney says:

    Never mind, already. Oy veh.


  28. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Principles and ‘rules’ are for the little people, not members of the left wing aristocracy like Yentob, haven’t you realised that yet?


  29. 70
    Sir William Waad says:

    From a Grauniad interview in 2010:

    Stephen Moss: Yes, but what do you do?

    Yentob “I don’t any longer have thousands of people working for me, so I’m really there to support the controllers and the directors and the director-general. I see my role as mainly the big picture, and getting involved when there are problems.”

    So, Alan, that’s basically nothing?


  30. 73
    Jack Huws says:

    Or just go to Wales – where they let the BBC run the entire country! Hell-bent on becoming a PC socialist utopia they will look with disdain upon the capitalists across the bridge as they plough collective allotments and whizz along cycle paths where motorways once ran…


  31. 83
  32. 90
    Steve P says:

    Surely the opportunity should be offered freely and Yob pay the charity?


  33. 94
    Sir Dando Tweakeshafte says:

    There is a solution to this apparent unfairness to other worthy causes.

    There will be a competition where charities can present their case for receiving a shadow-tea-person-for-a-week slot, to be auctioned or otherwise monetised (perhaps as a birthday present for a trustee’s nephew or grandson). The decision will be reached over thirteen exciting weeks by popular £4-per-minute telephone voting in response to prime-time Saturday evening shows called “Strictly Left-Leaning”.

    My housekeeper Colin recommends popular media figures Fatboy Watson and Captain Underpants as the judges. Whoever they are.


  34. 97
    I don't need no doctor says:

    BBC the hypocritical organisation funded by the license fee payer.
    Tom Watson – hypocrite to the socialist labour scrougers.


  35. 98
    Liberal-Lefty-Cabal says:

    What we’ve all come to expect from the BBC, NOT surprised one bit!

    Will anyone in the MSM run this story?


  36. 107
    Ugly Betty says:

    For leg up into the media world £4k is preferable to having to give him a blow job.


  37. 110
    Parasitical BBC. says:

    The BBC is a law unto itself. But not for much longer as far as I am concerned.
    I am still waiting for a truthful response to my complaints I sent to the BBC.
    The BBC can stick its licence fee up Brown’s arse.
    Jog on. Spineless c’unts.


  38. 113
    Voice of Reason says:

    You only have to look at his ugly face to see money and greed pervade the man.


  39. 115
    Ah! Monika says:

    As I see it ” Kid’s Company ” owes the license payers £4100.


  40. 123
    Mrs Miniver says:

    “Noddy” Yentob should have been sacked long ago.


  41. 124
    Stalked by strange men and one who has been prescribed schizo medication. says:



  42. 125
    Catherine says:

    It was for a good cause, for goodness’ sake!!!


  43. 126
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Nice one in the don’t do what I do….do what I say…commie class.


  44. 129
    Jimmy says:

    You may have missed this story amongst all the gay sex and stationary scandals but Scotland has its own government now.


    • 130
      Jimmy says:

      Oops wrong thread. That faux pas was like raising a Scottish matter at Westminster. See what I did there?


  45. 135
    Botney Nala says:

    But ti is not an evil tory doing it so it is all right.


  46. 137
    Flynn says:

    There’s only one solution – scrap the BBC tax now


  47. 139
    Ian says:

    Is this the same Alan Yentob who makes a fortune from the BBC’s corrupt private film company procurement process?


  48. 141
    treetop says:

    Let the BBC stand on its own two feet. We get enough adverts for whats coming next and plugs for forthcoming books,plays,films,tours,etc that selling adverts instead would be seamless.


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