Roger Mosey is right to point out that when younger viewers are clearly not being properly catered for is a "particularly bad time for the BBC to be facing a cash crisis" (Off the Air, 9th November). Saying, however, that the corporation "must bear some responsibility for this outcome" verges on understatement, with the decision to retain multiple channels rather than output on demand a costly management error.
Mosey omits to mention the fact that there have been so many other mistakes made by BBC bosses, from failing to use the year`s notice sensibly prior to the pay declarations, with the publication revealing obvious gender bias, plus the tax avoiding scandal involving the offer of self-employment contracts to highly paid presenters, to its list of well over one hundred managers earning over £150,000 a year. Public sympathy for its financial problems is unlikely, even if some of the blame lies clearly with George Osborne. The co-author of the current austerity programme damaged society in ways far more serious than cause cash problems for our spendthrift broadcasting corporation!
It is impossible to have years of profligacy with licence fee payers` money, with massive salaries for mostly male presenters and managers, and low pay for production staff, without whom no programmes would be possible, without eventually receiving a "reputational hammering".