Sunday, August 16, 2015

The price is right ?

One way of talent-mapping, beloved of the BBC, is the open market. Many  of Auntie's personalities are available for balls, dos and functions, at a price.

JLA claims to be the UK's biggest speaker agency, and has a wide range of clients, available in various price bands. Jeremy Vine and Katie Derham, soon to enrich John Whittingdale's public service broadcasting Saturday nights on Strictly, are currently in Band B - £5k to £10k for an event, alongside John Humphrys, Richard Bacon, Jeremy Bowen, and (stonking value) The BBC Big Band.

In Band A, at £10k to £25k, we fid Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce, Adrian Chiles, Gabby Logan and Lauren Laverne.

Then we have Band AA - £25k plus, where the 'BBC' names are Chris Evans and Lord Sugar. Pus, BBC World presenter Katty Kay - though that fee may include bringing her over from the States.

For those looking for a turn at lower rates, Band C, £2.5k to £5k features Justin Webb, John Craven, Nihal, Samira Ahmed, Fi Glover, Spencer Kelly and Victoria Derbyshire. Also in Band C is former BBC HR Director Lucy Adams.  Band D, £1k to £2.5k, has Jonty Bloom, Chris Lowe, Clive Myrie and Garry Richardson.

'BBC' names prepare to disport themselves for less than £1k in Band E are Lynn Bowles and Alan Dedicoat.

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