BBC squanders more of our money

The BBC has lost a legal fight to stop publication of a book which reveals the identity of Top Gear’s driver The Stig, according to BBC Online.  The High Court in London refused to grant the BBC an injunction blocking the publication by HarperCollins of an autobiography of former Formula Three driver Ben Collins.  It’s nice to see what passes for priorities at Broadcasting House…

The conundrum is should licence fee payers be more angered by waste of their money fighting such an idiotic High Court case, or that the BBC again demonstrates rank hypocrisy and double standards – fighting as it does for information about individuals and groups to be revealed whenever it suits its purpose, while using every resource at its disposal to conceal information about the BBC’s own editorial practice and employees.

But then, when you’re using someone else’s money and no one will hold you accountable for it, why shouldn’t you engage in such nonsensical pissing contests and childish games to satisfy the egos of a few phenomenally well paid executives?  The BBC.  It’s what they do.

3 Responses to “BBC squanders more of our money”

  1. 1 The King of Wrong 01/09/2010 at 9:13 pm

    I actually think the BBC was right on this matter. No argument that they do piss millions up the wall for politically-correct crap, on ostentatious building projects, and on useless and incompetent staff, but I think this was a battle worth fighting.

    The rather silly “mystery” of The Stig’s identity is fun, and it adds to the charm of Top Gear – and given how widely syndicated the show is, I’d expect the marginal revenue from all those “Some say he … all we know is, he’s called The Stig!” lines is probably more than the £50k the case cost. The brand rights alone justify the action – a man in white driving overalls and a helmet standing with his arms crossed is a de-facto trademark, and nobody would begrudge a company fighting against knock-off products using its brand.

    Yeah, I’m a little sad they lost.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 01/09/2010 at 9:52 pm

    But was it really beyond their imagination to simply replace him with a new driver who would be a mystery? The decision tree at the BBC must be a strange looking construct.

  3. 3 The King of Wrong 01/09/2010 at 10:18 pm

    Oh, they probably will replace him – same thing happened when Black Stig revealed his identity and they fired him off HMS Invincible in an old Jag to kill off that version of the character.

    But given that the first two have revealed their identities, it’s going to be tricky to convince a third not to. Especially if there’d been no consequences at all. At which point you might as well scrap the character because the secret can’t be kept – and the world is just a little poorer as a result.

    I figure it’s a kinda like telling strangers’ kids about Santa Claus. Sure, you can reveal the secret, but what good does it do?

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