February 14th, 2013

Former Cabinet Minister Purnell Made Beeb Strategy Director

New BBC DG Tony Hall has announced a raft of changes to the Beeb’s senior team this morning. The stand out name is one James Purnell, the former Labour Work and Pensions secretary who famously quit the government in protest at the Prime Mentalist. He becomes the new Director of Strategy and Digital. Helen Boaden, suspended over the Jimmy Savile scandal, is made Director of Radio. Who says the BBC don’t look after their friends…


  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    McMental for DG!

    Makes more sense than at first appears.

  2. 2

    I am glad that the BBC are making sure they do everything they can to dispel the perceived left-wing bias.

  3. 3
    tony m says:

    Rotten to the fucking core.

  4. 4
    Fuck the Royal cCarter says:

    They don’t give a shit anymore, they’ve got away with it for fucking decades.

  5. 5
    The BBC (and all its programmes) is a pile of crap says:

    “Director of Strategy and Digital”

    That’s a good non-job title. How many meetings were held to dream it up?

    (Four attempts to post this highly controversial comment)

  6. 6
    Oscar Pissedorius says:

    I didn’t mean to do it!

  7. 7
    One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

    And I’m clearly not going to lift a finger against them. They’re spiffing! I particularly like the BBC’s multi-culti agenda. Every programme and news report has jolly nice effnics on it. Gosh, Britain really should be like that in real life, and not just on the telly, what what?

    Tell you what, old bean, I’ll pop over to India today and invite them all to come and live here. As Jack Straw said, there’e no practical limit to the number of immigrants we can accept! Super-duper! I know I promised I’d reduce the number of immigrants, but to be perfectly frank I was just lying.

    Tally ho!

  8. 8
    PrivatizetheBBC says:

    And unfortuantely I think they will be here to stay for several more decades. Any courageous politican that attempts to stand up against them will be immediately quashed. We are doomed.

  9. 9
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Purnell ‘left wing’? Do me a favour.

  10. 10
    the PBT says:

    so that’ll be more pop oafs taking polluting radio 3

    privatise – privatise – privatise!

  11. 11
    Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

    Another lefty waste of space, achieved/achieving nothing but the growth of the state and getting well paid by the workers to do it.

  12. 12
    spiv says:

    fuck off he may not be a red flagger but
    he is a labour stooge
    cameroons may court him and his ilk
    but he is just as responsible as mcbroon and his cronies
    for the fucking mess which is the UK

  13. 13
    Tribal Terror says:

    He was previously head of corporate planning at the BBC role for which he had absolutely no relevant experience except importantly having been a Labour Party wonk for years. Now he is back again in a role for which he has absolutely no relevant experience except of course being a Labour Party wonk. Life in the public sector is great! Life at the BBC as long as you are signed up is even better! Yahoo

  14. 14
    keredybretsa says:

    Like family, look after your own.

  15. 15
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Did I miss these vacancies announced in the Guardian?

    Have they chosen the next Pope as well.

  16. 16
    It's only our money says says:

    The question to ask now is: will the contract provide for 12 months pay if the employer terminates. The Select Committee failed to ask why this clause was in the DG’s contract (as an internal appointment)

  17. 17
    A non quaint Northerner says:

    This tosser (Purnell) used to be my MP.

    One night in my local (a camra pub) he popped in with his younger spAd who i think was on ginger ale and Purnell Guinness. Whereupon he started telling said spAd how quaint and friendly we were!

    That was until my now departed friend Shaun overheard him and fucked him right off. Needless to say there were very soon two half empty glasses on the bar and
    the ‘Tosser’ was never seen again.

    James Purnell = TOSSER

  18. 18
    Gravy Train says:

    A well paid, tax payer funded gig for Mr Purnell. Hooray!

    His film producing career went well then. I think the reality of the cruel world of the private sector was too much for him.

  19. 19
    Gravy Train says:

    He should pull in at least £250k a year too.

    Makes me proud to pay my licence fee.

  20. 20
    Terrible But True says:

    The BBC seems to be outdoing the last ‘tell it often enough’ proponent in spades, sporting a £4Bpa budget to do so.


    “She returned to her job just before Christmas after the Pollard Review exonerated her of blame.”

    Let’s see what that right wing rag the Indy thought:


    ‘The director of news must explain why she didn’t give Entwistle more warning in their lunchtime talk, and what she knew and told Rippon of Newsnight’s investigation. Vulnerable.‘

    Guessing her vulnerability was mitigated by knowing what, about whom?

    “Mr Hall said: “I am building a senior team that will define the BBC and public service broadcasting for the next decade.”

    “It will be a team that is made up of outstanding talent from outside the BBC combined with the best people from within.”

    Including Ms. Boaden, this team appears to comprise mostly those from outside who were within but either stepped aside or went on sabbatical in certain political parties.

    What next, the current head of OFCOM, who ‘oversees’ the BBC, with another interesting back story, as the next Patten?

    They really don’t seem to think they need have a care any more.

  21. 21

    I always wondered how that got that cream head with motif on top of a Guinness…

  22. 22

    Shirley that would kill the privatisation prospects?

    I was looking to get £25bn from the Good BBC with the rest set free into the Atlantic.

  23. 23
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    You haven’t got a leg to stand on, pal.

  24. 24
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    Don’t bother privatising it, because they’re incorrigible. Just scrap it.

  25. 25
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    When I saw the headlines on the BBC’s replacement for Ceefax, I thought the name Boaden looked familiar. She’s lucky not to have her collar felt over the So Vile scandal. Only in the public sector could someone keep their overpaid ‘job’ when they should possibly be on trial.

  26. 26
    Penfold says:

    And Purnell won’t of course be biassed in any way towards the political party that he has spent a lifetime with.

    Christ on a Cross, these people really do think that the bulk of the electorate are as thick as two short planks.

  27. 27
    Rip van Wrinkle says:

    Penfold, the electorate is. Over 40% would vote for Miliband. And another 30% for Cameron. And 10% for Clegg.

    Doesn’t leave many others, does it.

  28. 28
    spiv says:

    And he is a messy b*stard, leaving his rented flat in a f**king tip

  29. 29
    Peter Grimes says:

    I guess this is why Al JaBeeBa are forever puffing Purnell’s odious leftist wanktank the ippr. All JaBeeBa did give himair time puff the lie about illiillicit donations having been repaid. They are pissing on the Tories. They got their funding.

  30. 30
    chancer says:

    Does his appointment have to be ratified by the fat Patton?

  31. 31
    STuN says:

    Pattons away from his desk at the moment having liposuction at the ‘Savile Clinic’

  32. 32
    Peter Grimes says:

    Mafia-style family!

  33. 33
    robbie says:

    Surely anyone in a political post should not be given any senior public body appointment for at least 5 years after leaving said political post. Purnell’s appointment is a serious compromise to independence and integrity. Patten has completely lost his grip on that organisation.

  34. 34
    Penfold says:

    You surmise that he had a grip in the first place to lose?

    Shurely shome misshake.

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