Re: 26% Pay cut !!!
Linaker's pay cut is certainly a welcome, if minor, move.
However, I believe that this is only the beginning.
From what I read, not only here, but in many other sources, people are increasingly cancelling their TV licences. This is understandable, of course, with all the recent publicity of BBC over-payments of executives and 'celebrities' and especially their decision to begin charging over-75s to watch their televisions. I think they really shot themselves in the foot with that last one.
The more people who cease paying their compulsory tax, the lower their income and, consequently, the less they will be able to pay their 'stars' and bosses.
I am also of the opinion that sooner or later, due to public pressure, the government will force them to compete fairly with all other TV production companies by advertising or directly selling their programmes.
The BBC are frightened to death of this possibility as for all these years they have not been obliged to compete directly with others in their industry.
I freely admit that the BBC have produced some excellent programmes in the past (or perhaps have paid other companies to do that for them), so when push comes to shove, and if they wish to sell their output to the public, they're going to have to get their act together.