Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sarah smiles

Whilst the BBC ponders fair pay, there's also a case for reminding executives about fair selection, opening up jobs to the widest possible competition.

Sarah Sands' paywalled interview with The Times this weekend reveals she was tapped up for Today by the Director of News James Harding.

She was, she insists, very happy – “No, honestly” – editing the London Evening Standard, when the director of BBC news and current affairs suggested she apply for the Today programme. “After the interviews, I told him they were doing very well without me. He said, ‘Actually, they want you.’

One would be entertained to know who 'they' were, and if 'they' could really stand in the way of a Harding candidate. And, of course, Sarah's departure from the Standard created space for James Harding's old school chum, George Osborne.

Sarah didn't make this year's BBC list of those on more than £150k - though is widely predicted to show up next time round. Her predecessor, Jamie Angus, promoted from Today to BBC Global News, still doesn't make the list.

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