BBC shambles: Jeremy Vine offered £100,000 bonus… for doing NOTHING extra – News 247

BBC shambles: Jeremy Vine offered £100,000 bonus… for doing NOTHING extra  – News 247

 When Mr Vine’s BBC contract was about to expire at the end of 2007, his agent Alex Armitage secured a “close to seven figure” offer from ITV This lead to the BBC’s executives putting together their own deal, including presenting BBC Two quiz show Eggheads The details of the pay package emerged as evidence submitted to fellow BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed’s employment tribunal this week  The BBC approved a “top-up clause that would find extra work to a value of £100,000 or a guarenteed payment of up to £100,000 if they did not,” according to Roger Leathan, director of business affairs for BBC Studios Production, who negotiated the contract   Ms Ahmed, the presenter of Newswatch, is facing the BBC in tribunal with claims she was paid “a sixth” of what Mr Vine earned while he was presenting Points Of View  She argued the two programmes are similar. Ms Ahmed is seeking nearly £700,000 in back pay between November 2012 and February 2019, saying she and Vine did similar work  The BBC rejects the claim and says the work was not comparable. A senior BBC executive told the tribunal the broadcaster was justified in paying Ms Ahmed less than Mr Vine due to differences in news and entertainment shows  On Friday, the BBC’s director of strategy Gautam Rangarajan said there were key differences in the roles and reach of the two presenters  He focused on the difference between news and entertainment programmes made by the BBC, which affects the way the programmes are made and produced  Mr Rangarajan said: “Newswatch is a news programme. It is made therefore by the BBC’s in-house news department   “Points Of View is a non-news entertainment programme which ranges across every TV genre that the BBC makes  “There is a clear distinction between the two shows, and their genres, which is reflected in their broadcasting slot and their audience ” Mr Rangarajan said one key difference between news and non-news shows was presenter appeal  He told the panel that the personalities of the presenters did not greatly affect the appeal of news programmes such as Newswatch, but had a role in non-news programmes including Points Of View   He said: ”When people turn onto the news, they turn on to see the news that day  “However, if you have a different presenter for a non-news show, the audience will go up or down and the appreciation they have can be seen ” Mr Rangarajan, who has been director of strategy for the broadcaster since 2013, said Ms Ahmed and Mr Vine “perform very different roles” in the corporation  He said: “Newswatch requires a trained, experienced journalist able to ask difficult questions of senior executives where necessary Trending  “The public profile of presenters is significant in a non-news context and is more important than in news  “Profile is one of the various individual factors in news presenter pay, but it is not dominant  “The most high-profile presenters can become channel-defining for broadcasters.” He went on to say that Newswatch is less newsworthy than other news and factual programming by the BBC, measured by how often the shows were mentioned in the press

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