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The BBC criticised for celebrity pay packets

The BBC has today come in for some serious criticism regarding the multi-million pound packages which are available to some of the leading figures in show business. When you consider the likes of Jonathan Ross, recently involved in a telephone scandal, is reported to have signed a £16 million contract it does start to bring home the fact that taxpayer's money is lining the pockets of celebrities involved with the BBC. This comes at a time when the corporation is looking to increase the level of licence fee income they receive while more and more people in the UK are facing serious financial distress.

There are claims that a major shakeup of the BBC and the UK television industry in general may occur over the coming years in a move aimed at "trimming the fat" from national organisations. This criticism also comes at a time when the media industry and reporters specifically are coming under severe attack with regard to the coverage of the financial crisis in the UK. There are claims that reporting of such issues as in Northern Rock bailout talks were severely impeded when reporters broke the news before an agreement was reached.

To many people it seems obscene that celebrity presenters are receiving tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer's money at the time when programming quality and standards are under scrutiny and the recession continues to worsen in the UK.

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