TVS wrote:I had to share this with everyone, because it just sums how television is now run by accountants!
A BBC News satellite truck, the ones they do the news with, went into the local garage for reapirs. It was found that the gearbox was knackered and needed replacing. The garage phoned the leasing company who own the vehicle (not the equipment) and told them what it would cost to repair. The leasing company said it was uneconmical to repair so wrote it off and arranged for it to be collected and sent to the local vehicle auctions..... fully equipped!!! Cameras, VT's, uplink kit, the lot! (ball park value more than 200,000 pounds).
Meanwhile, back at base a BBC engineer needed to borrow a peice of kit from the broken van to keep one of the other satellite trucks running so was despatched to the dealership to borrow the bit of kit while that van was off the road... only to be told when he arrived there that the van had been written off and sent to the auctions the day before!!!
Currently the BBC are trying to find the van and the purchaser!
Don't you just love paying your licence fee to these morons??
Simonipswich wrote:By law though, I take it the owner of the van would also own the equipment as well?
Peter Thomas wrote:Not only are the Beeb cutting jobs in BBC Resources, they're actually thinking that the unit may not be needed for production work on EastEnders in the future!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/de ... s-job-cuts
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