BBC freelance foreign correspondents are refusing to sign new contracts. Freelances around the world claim that their incomes are being savaged by a perpetual round of financial cuts. They also claim that many programme producers have failed to pay freelances for work they have already commissioned and broadcast.
One veteran broadcaster said: “Jonathan Ross has no trouble getting his £18m, but he and all the BBC fat cats are having their obscene salaries and bonuses subsidised by freelances, whose precarious existence is exacerbated by the scandal that they are frequently cheated out of legitimate fees.”
I’ve produced enough bile on the BBC not to comment further. I just hope Mr Byford stops jangling his hand in his pocket, and resigns.