Troubled times at the BBC. There has been shock at the spectacular amounts of money that have been poured down the drain, and the row over executive pay-offs grows more vicious. And now new boss Sir Tony Hall is said to be limiting Aunty’s credit card. Some of the Beeb’s biggest spenders are up in arms as the age of austerity finally hits home.
Fresh from having his £1,000 taxi bill exposed, Alan Yentob has been humiliated by his bosses. I hear that upon arriving at Glastonbury recently, the Beeb’s Creative Director had an almighty tantrum on discovering that he was staying in a Travelodge.
Fellow travellers tell me that he spent the whole festival in a sulk and grumbled to anyone who would listen about this great indignity. ‘The on-site entertainment of a 24 hour petrol station clearly wasn’t good enough for him,’ quips my welly-wearing festival mole.