November 13th, 2012

Exclusive: Lord Patten’s Two Day Weeks

Guido can reveal that during the first six months of this year Lord Patten turned up to his BBC office on average just two days a week. Between January and July £110,000-a-year Patten attended his Great Portland Street office on just 56 days. The BBC have told Guido that Patten is expected to work on Beeb business for three to four days a week, and is required to be on call seven days a week. Overall twelve-job Patten was recorded as working for just 78 days during the period, with the BBC noting that 22 of those were merely attending the odd meeting or answering phone calls from home.

You can bet he’s putting in a lot more hours in now…


  1. 1
    Lord Mooncrater says:

    I suspect that soon Patten will be working zero days per week at the BBC.


  2. 2
    Bob Fleming says:

    If only we could all work in public funded jobs..


    • 12
      Steve Miliband says:

      I find it staggering that the BBC think it’s appropriate to pay Entwistle 12 months pay instead of his contracted 6 without consideration about where the money comes from. Just a typical public sector mindset – never mind plenty more where that came from. I’m sure he has a fantastic pension as well


      • 19
        Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

        The BBC Pension Fund is top of the pots


        • 28
          Anonymous says:

          Perhaps Entwistle might like to donate his pay-off to Children In Need, which the BBC is currently urging the public to support.


          • 1984 says:

            Or put it back into the pot so that the ‘cuts’ don’t lead to such sloppy journalism.


          • The man wearing the BBC Pudsey Bear outfit in Children's Ward 4 says:

            Children, I’m a poorly bear but if you stroke my furry legs I’ll grow big and strong.


          • Pundit too too says:

            Ho Ho Ho. Children in Need and the Beeb is rather ironic in view of the Savile affair. Much like they used to constantly promote Northern Rock.
            Of course CoN is run by past Labour government advisors don’t you know!


      • 26
        smo­ggie says:

        That’s right – it was only 3000 licence payers’ annual contributions down the pan.


      • 67
        Anonymous says:

        This is a disgrace and i hope will be well and truly investigated over the coming weeks, how on earth can anybody be given that sort of payoff when he was incompetent. Another illustration of the BBC way of thinking.


    • 106
      XXX says:

      There are 650 jobbies in the HoC for starters goodness know, then is the HoL, platinum pensions to boot, lots of holidays, the vast majority of mps have their seats because they are considered safe seats, jobbies for life or until they are found out doing the naughty bits (fiddling, sexual shenanigans and other such activities) or they fall out of favour with their party bosses.


  3. 3
    Sophie says:

    He has to resign.

    Or better be sacked.

    It beggars belief that he can still be in a job.


    • 30
      Lord Mooncrater says:

      Cameron approved his appointment. Probably because he was one of the assassins that stabbed Mrs Thatcher in the back.


      • 69
        Anonymous says:

        No problem in approving the appointment at all, he should be good at the job, considering his previous career. But there should be some way of ensuring people work the hours they are paid for.


        • 117
          I Remember You Hoo says:

          His previous career?

          As an elitist globalist, EU apologist and former commissar, Euro membership advocate and of poll tax infamy?
          He also worked for the election of the Liberal mayor of New York against the conservative, Willam Buckley.

          Yep Patten’s about as conservative as Call Me Useless-Heath mk.2.


        • 174
          Lord Mooncrater says:

          Being a parasite is different from having a career.


    • 34
      just a thought says:

      Andrew Gilligan for new DG.


    • 81
      Ponzi Mandelson says:

      The real expression among the boys is

      It buggers belief

      I know what I am talking about

      Diddly poo and guacamole to you all from Central Asia

      I am getting filthy rich while you all clear up my poo…


  4. 4
    Lionel Ritchie says:

    : David Cameron reveals squeezed middle:


  5. 5
    greed says:

    Time this merry-go-round of jobs for parasitic troughing bastards like Patten came to an abrupt halt.


    • 43
      Hugh Janus says:

      +100 (and you forgot to include ‘utterly incompetent’)


      • 144
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Laughably, the incompetent oaf sits on the pretentiously named ‘Global Leadership Foundation’ an organisation which ‘works to promote good governance around the world’.

        They should have looked at Patten’s shambolic career to date, before giving the clown the nod.
        But one suspects ability and actual achievement rate for very little, when the sinecures are handed out to yes men like Patten.


    • 78
      Anonymous says:

      On the subject of troughing bastards, did you see the article saying several children of Labour MPs are up for safe seats . Will Straw, Euan Blair, and Harriet Harmon / Jack Dromeys son. God help us all.


    • 125
      XXX says:

      These jobs are given by patronage by the prime minister of the day, I am not really sure that they even have to know anything about the the industry they are appointed to lead, like a lot of non-executive directors of public companies, they are just invited to join, take their gelt, appearing at a few company meetings they are supposed to represent shareholders, Hmmmmm


  6. 6
    Ed Miliband (Leader of the Party opposite) says:

    Child abuse dont be conned by tory shit pushers.


    • 11
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Hello, Schnorbitz, you’ve been a bit quiet of late – leaving Hattie to do all the talking on this affair.


      Too cowardly to stand up to Labour’s chums in the Beeb? Or maybe to David Potter who bankrolls the BIJ and… Labour?

      Do tell…


    • 72
      Peter Mandelson says:

      So the Labour Party is homophobic now? I missed that meeting.


  7. 8
    Mornington Crescent says:

    I heard on Toady that, in order to speed up the process to find ‘wistle’s permanent successor, the Trust will just be ‘making a few phone calls’ to chums and such like, rather than a ‘long, drawn out’ process.

    That’s the BBC Trust depicted in today’s Telegraph thus:

    “Lord Patten made the deal after a conference call with lawyers and the agreement of two members of the BBC Trust’s remuneration committee. They were Diane Coyle, the vice-chairman of the trust and a former government economist, and Anthony Fry, an investment banker.

    “Mrs Coyle is married to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent. She is paid £77,005 a year to work two and a half days a week for the BBC Trust and since last year has also acted as an unpaid adviser to Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary. She declined to comment yesterday.”

    If you pay your Licence fee, you are a tool.


    • 14
      Vladimir says:

      Do Britain do courses in corruption? I feel in need of a refresher.


    • 16
      Bob Fleming says:

      Indeed – in the real world recruitment is a competitive process open to all comers and the best candidate selected following an exhaustive set of interviews, scrutiny and verification of CV, psychometric tests and whatever else is deemed necessary for selection of the right candidate. This lot just get on the phone to a couple of their chinless mates and see who’s free – no wonder the upper echelons of public service is so stuffed with mediocrities


      • 33
        1984 says:

        In the real world, at the highest levels of recruitment, there is no open competition. Headhunters are employed to identify and poach ‘talent’ from other companies. A pool of (say) three potential candidates are identified and invited to apply. And that’s it.

        It seems like the BBC just cuts out the headhunter and two of the three candidates.

        ‘Hi, Sebastion, Toby here – fancy a job as Head of Commissioning at the BBC..?’


    • 17
      Centre Parting says:

      BBC directly subsidising Labour.

      Public Enquiry immediately (copyright E.Milliband)


    • 47
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Perhaps she reads her best seller Sex, Drugs and Economics to him.

      Oh what a surprise, another Labourite working for Al Beeb.


    • 108
      Anonymous says:

      The time has come when political affiliations or work for political parties should prevent work for the bbc, that is a disgrace that 1) she is paid so muc and 2) that she works for a Labour MP as well, how can that be allowed to happen ?


    • 158
      HenryV says:

      Can’t we get a Pole to do the job? It would be cheaper. NO I don’t mean a Miliband either. Or perhaps Michelle Obama, she is foreign and black?


  8. 9
    Rick & Mark says:

    Patten is the one on the left.


  9. 10
    allfornun says:

    Re: “If only we could all work in public funded jobs”…..Get a job in starbucks then dear its an easy application form.


    • 18
      Bob Fleming says:

      Lol, the difference dear is that the public choose whether to spend their money in starbucks or not – but i’m sure you understand the difference


  10. 13
    Fat Cat Pang says:

    The BBC radical overhaul is well underway. The loyal staff clearly need a morale boost at this difficult time.

    I propose that the Licence Fee should be increased to £290 per year from January, 2013, so that we can double their salaries and pension benefits.


    • 51
      Nothing better to do says:

      Agreed. I don’t pay it anyway and the higher it is the more people will refuse to pay. Starve the beast.


  11. 15
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    I repeat that I have no plan B for the shambles known as the UK economy.

    FTSE 100 5727.02
    -40.25 -0.70%

    We’re doomed I tell you.


  12. 20
    Bill Cash says:

    Get us out of Europe now then we can fuck off Abu Qatada. Why do we put up with this shit ? Fuck Europe,


    • 22
      Bob Fleming says:

      there is an upside to Abu staying here – it serves as a permanent reminder and warning of the cretins we have in our midst


    • 94
      One-term Dave, leading the Tories to their grave, says:

      Europe is wonderful and we should very much stay in it. Jolly good value at nineteen billion a year. And what of Quatada? His security is only going to cost £5million every year. Why, I only need to sack an extra 150 or so police officers to save that kind of money and Quatada’s security is fully paid for what what!


      Toodle pip!

      PS: remember to vote Tory in 2015.


    • 95
      A mullah writes says:

      Seems to me old Abu is a marked man, I wonder what it will cost the taxpayer to protect him from having is throat ripped out?


      • 146
        Mornington Crescent says:

        I think I heard on Toady 10 grand a week, although quite how they come up with such a figure I have no idea.


        • 166
          Thee Gruniard nUus. says:

          We give the Toady Programme and other such BBC programmes their figures that they never question.
          Our economic gravitas is worldleading in the media, and our spelling and grammar is also recognized.


    • 137
      Twatada out! says:

      We will be fined if we disobey the Court.

      There’s nearly 60 million of us here in this country – a quid each should cover it.

      I’m in


  13. 21
    fruitbat says:

    Patten is toast.


  14. 32
    smo­ggie says:

    Is Fabio Capello looking for a job at the mo?


    • 167
      Pundit too too says:

      Lots of discarded football managers around. Considering the parlous nature of BBC financial, editorial and data governance they should fit in comfortably – and induce more teamwork.


  15. 39
    useless says:

    Patten delivered the shambles that is the PSNI, why did anyone believe he’d deliver a better BBC?


  16. 41
    albacore says:

    Could be that they pay him to stay away
    As a sunbeam, he ain’t the brightest ray
    And with all those managers to keep sweet
    Who would want him tripping over their feet?


  17. 44
    BBC Trust appointments committee says:

    New DG ? Oh shit ,we thought you said new DJ !


    • 54
      Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:



    • 119
      Donkeys led by Donkeys says:

      Very good! Managers at the BBC are all like this idiot. No idea about good man-management, egos that far outweigh their ability, unprofessional, and totally unsuitable to be leaders.


  18. 52 says:

    Petition to scrap the BBC


    • 74
      Pissed Off Pleb says:

      No. There’s no chance it will happen. I’m not letting the fecking Government get my address details etc. on yet another database.

      Getting the Tallyban to modify the BBC buildings would be a better option.


  19. 53
    EdButLookBalls says:

    On Toady, McNaughtie arranged a boxing match rather than do the slugging himself!

    In the red corner was some ex-Beeboid called Harding. steeped in a BBC editorial career. In the blue corner was Trevor Kavanagh, Cheif Political Honcho of the Sun.

    The red corner had the closing line of “That is an outrageous slur”!

    The stinging remark from the blue corner was, ” The BBC in institutionally biased towards Labour and the lefty-liberal elite”

    “What’s James Naughtie for Mummy?” !


  20. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Simon Heffer for DG!!!


  21. 60
    good egg says:

    Little wonder the twat looks so grumpy.


  22. 64
    Anonymous says:

    As he emerged from the bowels of the bbc the other day I thought for a split second that he’d morfed into teddy heath.


  23. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Fat pang should be able to cut a fantastic deal with weight watchers!


    • 75
      Synic says:

      The Fire Brigade are starting to charge for moving grossly obese patients and corpses. They can use Fat Pang for a training exercise, preferably a.s.a.p.


  24. 68
    this septic pile says:

    abu qatada for directorator


    • 79
      Chris Patten says:

      Good idea! He ticks all the right boxes: effnic, Muzzie, hates England, loves getting lots of money from the English taxpayer. Ideal!

      Shame he’s not a lezzer, too. A one-legged one. But never mind.


  25. 70
    Jack says:

    Someone shuld make a programe about what goes on at the BBC maybe JR could play Patter, and del boy could play the personel officer.


    • 184
      Anonymous says:

      Shut my eyes for a few monments and thought about it and laughed, Del Boy !!!!, don’t you think he might be too good and sack the bloody lot.


    • 185
      Marion the Cat says:

      I try again, I shut my eyes and laughed at this – Del boy was more intelligent than you average BBC lefty time-server. Make it happen !!!

      Please Guido think and look before you block.


  26. 71
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of leadership.
    Chris Patten


  27. 73

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which worked with Newsnight on the McAlpine fiasco, was on the verge of collapse last night after editor Iain Overton quit and backers were urged to halt their funding.


  28. 76
    Anonymous says:

    The acting DG’s appearance on sky yesterday reminded me of Acorn Antiques.Another winner from fat pang.


  29. 77
    Fat Pang says:

    Pass the port old chap


    • 84
      Triple Bags Clarke says:

      Oh yesh…

      More portwein

      Itsh the right thing to do…


    • 118
      Anne Arquist says:

      Being a busy, important bulls-hitter like Lord Chris requires fuelling on big lunches and dinners washed down with fine wines…and doesn’t it show!


  30. 80
  31. 83
    Newsnight Production Team says:

    Tonight on Newsnight! We expose shocking behaviour behind the scenes of a much loved children’s TV show!


    • 86
      BBC white stuff producer says:

      Tonite, by special request, we will be showing Cicciolina Berkow topless

      And Squeaker bottomless (on a ladder, so you can see him)

      To compete with our Nads…


      • 109
        Saggy Sally says:

        Sorry, double booked again. I’m doing a karaoke strip at the Miners’ Arms in Doncaster tonite. Must go, just practising the contra-rotating double tassle swing at the moment.


        • 127
          My Vote Never Counts says:

          I’ll have you know we have some very ‘up down-market’ lap-dancing establishments in Doncaster these days – thanks to New Labour.


        • 148
          Proper Bristols R Us says:

          Oi my luvver – don’t zee forget us West Cnutry lads


  32. 85
    Tom Catesby says:

    This kind of sinecure is not uncommon among former politicians and senior ‘civil servants’. This has been a national disgrace for years. Patten must go!


  33. 87
    Yeah, you know you love it says:


  34. 90
    St Tony says:

    Only 110 grand a year for two days a week? LOL!


  35. 97
    Bristolian says:

    Where’s Dave this morning? We need some more of his dynamic PC actions.


    • 101
      Dave says:

      If I do everything my enemies want, they won’t hit me will they?


      • 135
        Dave the Spendthrift says:

        I’ve got inflation growth going again. Up to 2.7% in Octobet.

        Aren’t I a Clever Cutter ?


        • 170
          JH3 says:


          Once inflation takes hold they will have no choice but to raise interest rates back to their historic norm (5-6%), and the farcical prices people still expect for houses will drop to sensible levels.


  36. 99
    Ranter says:

    Chris Patten + a fat, greedy, pompous CNUT!


  37. 103
    • 124
      BBC ARSEHOLE says:

      As the Area Resource Senior Executive, Head Of Local Expertise (ARSEHOLE) for the BBC; I think that this is wholly unrepresentative of the BBC.


  38. 107
    Witch Sniffer Outer says:

    1. Don’t look at the degenerates in their palaces, Watch the dead man.
    2. The dead man DID tell tales….Plebs getting too close to the truth
    3. Disinfo: Time to throw in a red herring, bbc to reveal high level nonce.
    4. Don’t watch the dead man…we have a live man
    5. The Live Man is a fake nonce
    6. Discredits internet, nonce witnesses, whistle blowers, etc….
    7. Pay off the ‘actors’ including Entwistle
    8. Nonce business as usual and more power to the draconian state’s elbow


  39. 110
    This Fat'un says:

    I learned everything from my hero and inspiration Kinnock. He showed me that with a minimum of talent and simply by staying half-awake it is easy to ransack the public purse.


  40. 115
    blub says:

    Cruel to make a man with his medical condition sit down on cold, stone slabs.


  41. 130
    Ed Millionaireband says:

    I demand a judge led inquiry into why the Chilcot Inquiry has not reported yet.


  42. 133
    the great directorator says:

    whatever will become of Downton?


  43. 134
    Penguin says:

    I’m simply gaging for one of Miss McBrown’s tweats, where is she, New York, Moscow, Tonbridge Wells? The suspence is killing me.


  44. 136
    I don't n ee d no doctor says:

    Tom Watson the labour scum you cannot trust.


  45. 141
    Decent Bloke says:

    Voters of Corby and Northampton East.

    I urge you not to vote labour. You will be voting for liars, hypocrites and thieves.
    Nothing has changed from when Brown was in charge, nothing.


    • 147
      this septic pile says:

      your generous description of the withdrawal-of-labour candidate doesn’t leave much scope for the competition


  46. 151
    Ranter says:

    Where’s Nick Clegg at this time of national trouble?


  47. 152
    Management speak 101 says:

    Standing aside = keeping ones head down so as to avoid the flack caused by a situation you were previously responsible for but now are temporarily no longer accountable or answerable for. Normally used to ensure future career advancement is not untowardly affected.


  48. 157

    Patten is the Tory Quisling that makes the BBC appear impartial.


  49. 160
  50. 171
    Alan Freeman says:

    A full BBC pay-out? Not half!!


  51. 173
    Brown out and pay me damages. says:

    Another who treats his job like its a hobby.


  52. 175
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    As they say here in Wales :

    Nice work if you can get it !


  53. 177
    Cicero says:

    Two days a week? If he moved about a bit more, maybe he could shift a bit of that flab?


  54. 178
    keredybretsa says:

    Doddle jobs for the nobs. When things go smoothly. But when the shit starts flying around the BBC, and sticks. The old geez will wish he hadn’t joined.


  55. 181
    dunstall says:

    Patten never done a days work in his life either payed by the taxpayer or Conservative Party a fat useless @@@@


  56. 187
    Jack Armstrong says:

    Same Shit. Different Day.


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