By Roger Mosey
Antisocial presenters, debatable government pay-offs, the Jimmy Savile scandal...The BBC is likely one of the such a lot winning broadcasters on the planet, yet its programme triumphs are frequently followed by means of administration crises and high-profile resignations.One of the main revered figures within the broadcasting undefined, Roger Mosey has taken senior roles on the BBC for greater than two decades, together with as editor of Radio 4's this day programme, head of tv information and director of the London 2012 Olympic coverage.Now, in Getting Out Alive, Mosey finds the hidden underbelly of the BBC, lifting the lid at the offended tirades from politicians and spin medical professionals, the swirling accusations of bias from left and correct alike, and the perils of upsetting Margaret Thatcher.Along the best way, this outstanding memoir charts the pleasures and pitfalls of existence on the most sensible of an organization that's variously held up as a precious British establishment and solid down as a lumbering, out-of-control behemoth.Engaging, candid and intensely humorous, Getting Out Alive is a real insider account of ways the BBC works, why it succeeds and the place it falls down.
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His mother used to stroke my fair hair when I went to collect him on the way to school, and my family managed to be both personally courteous and interested in their different lifestyle while still disapproving of immigration in general. My granddad thought Alf Garnett was spot-on in his political views, and didn’t regard Till Death Us Do Part as satirical in any sense, though he declared himself to be a Liberal all his life, as his generation of Yorkshire non-conformists traditionally did. At the age of eight I sat the entrance exam for Bradford Grammar School, and later won a City of Bradford scholarship, which meant that my tuition was free.
The news about Savile had unleashed speculation about there possibly being a huge number of serious sex offenders within the BBC. The biggest nightmare was the one that did not happen: that we would discover paedophile activity from people currently working for the BBC in areas that gave them access to children. Every day, though, we received more and more allegations – some credible, some wildly implausible – that we had to review and decide how to process. All the serious ones went straight to the police, but we also had to navigate our way through potentially malicious accusations that would have destroyed the careers of innocent people.
Along with the children of relatives and friends, I was loaded into a car – we had one of the early Minis – and we would go out for a ‘motor-run’: up into the Dales, with particular excitement about gated roads or crossing fords, across to see family friends in York, sometimes making it as far as Scarborough or Bridlington. The family photos show me as a blond-haired little fellow, carefully picking his way across the stepping stones of the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey or looking alarmed by a hefty cow at the Bingley Show.