Friday, December 4, 2015


Somebody is confiding a flow of Yentob secrets to Popbitch. Their latest newsletter says a fairly recent audit of licence-fee funded phones showed three BlackBerries and two iPhones against his name, over and above his current issue. It seems when he lost his mobile, he never got round to cancelling them - he just ordered another. Maybe those hacks were tapping the wrong number.

In a mesmerising regulatory fandango of high grade obfuscation, the BBC Trust revealed, in the afternoon of Mr Yentob's resignation as Creative Director, that it wouldn't now investigate the "wider questions" about Al's behaviour with presenters and editors over Kids Company, because "it would not be proportionate, appropriate or cost effective to look further at these matters." This is an extremely rare application of proportionality by the quasi-judicial eggheads of the Editorial Standards Committee, who love a good obiter dicta de minimis. However, a leading functionary will be asked to think of some new rules to make sure anything like it (whatever it is) never happens again. If only Al had lost the mobile with Ed Stourton's number stored in the contacts.

Bits from the papers: media analyst Claire Enders tells the FT: “Alan is the poster child of everything that irritates parliament about public service organisations." The Guardian picks up evidence from accountants PKF Littlejohn denying that they'd ever used Kids Company as a case study of good charitable governance, as claimed by Alan to MPs previously.  The Times calculates his BBC expenses over the past five years at £90,156.08. (An earlier version put the figure at £123,720.45, which was wrong.) The Sun believes his pension pot to be £6.5m, which it calculates could generate £216k a year.

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