November 8th, 2012

Ofcom Issue BBC Warning

As if two internal inquiries, a select committee grilling and a police investigation were not enough, the BBC are now facing interest from another quarter: Ofcom are sniffing around. Guido understands that Ofcom are keeping a close eye on ongoing developments with a view to launching their own action. While they do not have the power to make the Beeb undergo a full fit and proper person test, Ofcom boss Ed Richard explains in a letter to Tory MP Philip Davies:

“We licence a number of BBC companies and we will have regard to any relevant findings of the ongoing BBC inquiry, the police and the select committee in relation to these.”

Their interest will hardly be welcome at Great Portland Street…


  1. 1
    sly man says:

    Patten isnt fit and proper. He ought to go

  2. 2
    Peter Grimes says:

    Get rid of all of the overpaid, underworked, responsibility dodging layers of ‘management’ at Al JaBeeba.

  3. 3
    Offcom with their heads says:

    Close them down. Today.

  4. 4
    Everyone says:


  5. 5
    Terrible But True says:

    That said, to paraphrase Mrs. Merton on the matter of ‘interest’… and possible conflicts of the OFCOM boss.. ‘Other than being a senior policy adviser to Tony Blair and Labour,
    what was it about being DG of the BBC that also attracted you to the position?’

    One’s faith in the trustworthiness of anything across our politico-media estate is… shaky…. these days.

    Maybe Mr. Patten can issue a ‘back off, or else, we only hold ourselves to account’ warning to him too, just in case?

  6. 6
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Fit for a heart attack.

  7. 7
    the PBT says:

    nice to see another bunch of civil self-service parasites reminding us how wonderful it is to be paid for wisdom after the event – at our expense

  8. 8
    Lewis says:

    Don’t forget the peadoes in the B B C

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    have Offcom got enough time to get to the bottom of the whole line of thinking that makes the BBC tick?

  10. 10
    The History man says:

    If a proper enquiry was good enough for a bit of phone hacking surely it is good enough for serial and long-term child abuse?

  11. 11
    Liverpool Care Pathway says:

    We can fix that.

  12. 12
    Jimmy Savile says:

    Bagsy wheel the fat c’unt to the mortuary.

  13. 13
    Alf Garnett says:

    Or to put it another way, ‘Other than having been director of the Conservative Research Department, a Tory MP, a cabinet minister and the architect of the 1992 election victory… what was it about being chairman of the BBC Trust that attracted you to the position?’

  14. 14
    Butch Dave says:

    Look, like my gay icon hero Tony Blair, the greatest issue facing the United Kingdom is getting involved in a war for Israel in the Middle East and sucking the American president’s cock.

  15. 15
    Richard Bacon says:

    How the once mighty have fallen.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC has become such a huge operation that it almost in some respects mirrors Savile, nobody seems to be watching.Why does the beeb have reporters in all parts of America,all over the world, is it because were paying !!!
    TIME for a complete rethink of this tax, no other country in the world has to pay.

  17. 17
    The BBC says:

    The whole science of man made global warming is settled.

  18. 18
    old lady says:

    Once again another”wonderful”institution hits the buffers.
    Too big, too poweful no checks or balances,but then its not their money

  19. 19
    BBC says:

    Shut it Schama or no more proggies for you

  20. 20
    One Term Dave says:

    That’s no way to talk about the EU.

  21. 21
    Miranda Bliar says:

    C’mon Dave, you’re slipping, you left out the vitally important issue facing the nation today, gay marriage!
    Look, as my understudy you looked a possible, but you are proving to be a bit of a disappointment.

    Get with the program Dave, or you will be replaced by another clone. Got it?

  22. 22

    The Deputy Chairman of Ofcom became Deputy Secretary of the BBC in 1983 and ended up as Director of Policy and Planning in 2000. She was supposedly in contention for DG (but was former Bow Gorup Chairman which disqualified her for the job, unlikely former Fabians) and but for the fact that she understood what makes the BBC tick only too well she might have been made Chairman of the Trust.

  23. 23

    Clarification – I should have said “The current Deputy Chairman … ” and also proof read the rest.

  24. 24
    Archer Karcher says:

    Ha, ha, what tosh.

    The ‘architect’ of Major’s win in 1992 was none other than one N. Kinnock, pillock, windbag extrodinaire and phoney man o’ the people.
    The thought of that cretin running the country was enough on it’s own, to assure victory to his opponent.

    As for the rest, Patten was and always has been, a luke warm Tory, much like fabian and Obumma lover, Dave.

  25. 25


    there is very clearly no longer a case for a State broadcaster funded by an unjust tax – costed regardless of usage and duplicitously called a license! The BBC is founded on a charter it ignores, is biased & corrupted by its staffing scams and outsources much of its production.

    Far better to have a condition of broadcast for ALL broadcasters that they MUST broadcast ‘X’ amount of State material per day and pay a fee to maintain that input and the cost of a regulatory body.

    The BBC pays obscene salaries to managers who clearly can’t or don’t manage and for over staffing on an obscene level – Then out sourcing production at extortionate levels. The BBC has created its own total redundancy.

    Why are these clowns and jangglers so highly paid perhaps they and sports performers could start to be brought in line with their negligible contribution to society.

    NOW is the time to make swinging cuts and massive savings – The BBC would be a good place to start as clearly Politicians lack the integrity to do their duty and risk unpopularity by making the cuts that are essential for survival – hence ever growing borrowing IN OUR NAME!


  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    THE BBC, taxpayer funded to the tune of 146UKP per year, or if you live in holland, 99EUROs per year.

    Now looking at “Britse zenders”, and then “Meer informatie…” and then “Extra te ontvangen tv-zenders”


  27. 27
    truth says:

    You’ll miss it when it’s gone.

    I caught a bit of the election coverage on CBS and it was sponsored by an insurance company. The NEWS was SPONSORED everybody

  28. 28
    viewer says:

    Well here the BBC news is sponsored by the Labour party, but there’s no sponsor’s name displayed so it’s far more subtle and insidious.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    BBC equates to Brussels Broadcasting Corporation and as such should be subsidised by the EU who already have far too much of our money, as it stands we are paying twice for an organisation who’s news is no longer unbiased or reliable or British.

  30. 30
    Miss the BBC? You must be having a joke says:

    At least the hole in my head will have a chance to heal!

  31. 31
    marion the cat says:

    Absolutely agree, but mate, who is listening to a comment made on Guido’s blog. Go out and do something decisive. I only wish I knew what that would be however. But it really needs doing – don’t look to Cameron.

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