Friday, December 07, 2007
Jonathan Woss is a Ranker
What a lovely, modest man. Jonathan Ross (above), BBC presenter joked last night that he was worth "1000 BBC journalists". A pretty obnoxious boast at the best of times, but particularly when 25,000 BBC journalists are threatened with the sack over the corporation's financial difficulties, which, in no small part, have been caused by the outrageous salaries they pay to over-hyped, over-rated performers like Ross.
Thirty years ago the BBC's biggest names: like Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies and Mike Yarwood (all immeasurably more talented than Ross), would have been paid higher salaries than other contracted stars, but the salary differences were nowhere near the level they are today.
For that we've got to thank 'free market' neoliberalism, which has seen incredible differences spring up between the highest paid and the rest- even in publicly owned bodies like the Beeb. The big myth about neoliberalism put about by its supporters, is that everyone benefits from the outrageous salaries paid to a tiny few, by way of 'the trickle down effect'. But it's baloney. Ross' enormous salary is not paid out of fresh air, but by cutting the salaries- and jobs- of others. One Jonathan Ross, or jobs for 1,000 journalists? Ethically, there really is only one answer.