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BBC "loses" satellite truck

Postby TVS on Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:44 pm

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!!!

Panic....

Currently the BBC are trying to find the van and the purchaser!

Don't you just love paying your licence fee to these morons?? :lol: :lol:
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Re: BBC "loses" satellite truck

Postby Simonipswich on Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:39 pm

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!!!

Panic....

Currently the BBC are trying to find the van and the purchaser!

Don't you just love paying your licence fee to these morons?? :lol: :lol:


LOL! Makes you laugh!

By law though, I take it the owner of the van would also own the equipment as well? Could be funny one minute there is BBC News on air and next thing up pops a new channel broadcasting from the van!!! If only that could happen...!
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Re: BBC "loses" satellite truck

Postby TVS on Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:21 pm

Simonipswich wrote:By law though, I take it the owner of the van would also own the equipment as well?


The way it works at the BBC is that they lease all their vehicles, from cars to trucks and everything in between, but the BBC own th eequipment in them.

The BBC also modify the vehicle to do what they want it too, so a Mercedes Sprinter box van becomes a satellite newsgathering truck or a Pugeot 807 has a hole cut in the roof and a mast fitted to become a radio car. At the end of the lease the BBC then have to pay thousands to have the vehicles put back into showroom condition before it goes back to the leasing compnay to sell for pennies!! So they have to fill holes in the roof where aerials have been, take the livery off, etc.....

All this money is being used NOT to make programmes! :roll:
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Postby banbury_oddball on Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:48 pm

Hilarious, yet rather fecking annoying at the same time. £200,000 to kit out another truck no doubt.

It's a funny story, but shows how our money can literally just be chucked into a drain. Vehicles can be a nightmare and weird how they can get away with converting a van to their requirements when it's leased. Again, serious £££'s no doubt.

I doubt this story will be heavily publisised !

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Postby Intel on Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:48 pm

I heard reports that a man seen with a ITV uniform on was speeding off in it while laughing manically
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Postby Peter Thomas on Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:02 am

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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Postby mrtsw on Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:22 am

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



I'd rather they found the truck, and use it for something usefull, STuff Eastenders....they can scrap that instead.
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