James Murdoch vs Reason

Money, Systems thinking

Murdoch is like a redneck with an AK-47 shooting wildly into a herd of BBC elephants. “These slow good for nothing beasts! Stomp all the grass for my cattle! HAHAHA!! BANG! BANG!! Take that, Dumbo!”

But that’s all just opinions and metaphor. Numbers, let’s look at numbers. These put some perspective to Murdoch’s power grab.

Cost (annual) £142.50 £216 – £582
Revenue £4.8bn £6bn
Original Programming
/ Services
Planet Earth
Top Gear
Question Time
Working Lunch
This Week
Lark Rise to Candleford
The Mighty Boosh
Have I Got News for You
Doctor Who
Today Programme
World Service
Ross Kemp on Gangs/Wars
Mile High
Footballers Wives
BNP Wives
Employess 23,000 13,087

So to recap:

  1. Murdoch makes more money, has lower costs, and makes crappier programmes.
  2. The BBC is owned by the public and run in the public interest, creates plenty of creative employment opportunities, raises the statesman-like esteem of the UK internationally, and costs considerably less.

Hmm. Pipe down, James. Grow up and stop trying to undermine the value of what we have built so that you and your barrow-boy friends can pedal more mediocre banalities and stuff your already overflowing pockets with just that little bit more cash.

Sources: BBC HYS, Today Programme, 2 Mar 2010, Yahoo Finance

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons


  1. legend legend legend legend for doing the very thing that i wanted to do and would have remained forever on my list of things to do. you nailed it.
    forgot patagonia re-united of course – but most of the bad about it is SKY and everything good is in spite of them.
    could you now do the same for bankers income for themselves vs economy…
    maybe i should do a search

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