Danny Baker launches attack on BBC bosses
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Danny Baker launches attack on BBC bosses

“We dwell amid pinheaded weasels who know only timid, the generic and the abacus.” Danny Baker tweets after getting the sack.

His first song on his first show after he broke the news on Twitter was Radio GaGa by Queen, complete with Firework sound effects over the top.

His first link blasted the decision to cut the show saying it was the only programme on the station which connected the community of London. He also said “shame on you” to the BBC for paying his co-presenters just £50 a show. “They’ve had less in the last 10 years than Jimmy Savile earned in six months.”

Talking about features on the show, he said “You’ll be able to hear all these on LBC when they offer me a job” as he jokes about joining cross-town rival LBC 97.3

It got emotional at times: “By the way, it was a nice way to treat a guy who had cancer. Maybe the BBC hoped I wouldn’t pull through so they didn’t have to sack me.”

The Radio Academy will be honouring him at the upcoming Radio Festival on November 12th / 13th – something which he has pointed out a few times: “Anyone coming to see me inducted in the Hall of Fame next week: You may enjoy the speech,” he says.

He constantly slated middle management pointing out there are more meeting rooms than studios at the station.

0 6 351 01 November, 2012 Industry News Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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  1. Ross Patzelt

    Moyles and now Baker. Not a lot worth listening to on the BBC. Good on him for speaking up while on air. Now gonna download the show and listen to it to hear it in audio.

  2. Radio Geordie

    Lets look at the maths.

    Danny claims he’s paid £300 per show (after tax) whilst others are being paid just £50. Getting someone else for £50 per show saves the BBC £250 (after Tax) per show.

    Now, I can only assume that Mr. Baker is on five days per week which would equate to £1,500 (After Tax) per week compared to others getting £250 (A.T.) per week.

    Over the course of 1 year, the BBC have saved themselves £65,000 (after Tax) per year.

    I understand that there are other so called celebrity names at the station (Vanessa Feltz for one) who could also be axed and save the station even more money.

    There are plenty unknowns who could do just as good a job as the celebrity names. It also proves that having celebrity names does guarantee listeners.

  3. Tony Grundy

    Danny Baker is a real radio talent. Radio London clearly wouldnt know a tram was up them till the belll rang!!I wonder how his comments will sit with chiefs at 5 Live where he does a great Saturday morning show. Good on you Danny Baker


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