Getting Out Alive: News, Sport and Politics at the BBC by Roger Mosey

By Roger Mosey

Antisocial presenters, debatable govt pay-offs, the Jimmy Savile scandal...The BBC is likely one of the so much winning broadcasters on the planet, yet its programme triumphs are frequently observed 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 20 years, together with as editor of Radio 4's this present 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 frightening Margaret Thatcher.Along the way in which, this amazing memoir charts the pleasures and pitfalls of existence on the most sensible of an enterprise that's variously held up as a valuable 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 the way the BBC works, why it succeeds and the place it falls down.

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It was also apparent how thin we were at the senior level, which was something of an irony given that over-heavy management was an article of faith among our critics. The organisation still keenly missed its former deputy director-general Mark Byford, and Caroline Thomson had just departed. Helen Boaden was wounded like George. It had been announced that the finance director Zarin Patel was planning to leave. I was only acting as director of television, which was a huge job in itself, and made more difficult by ambitious underlings positioning themselves for the substantive role.

We would then meet at the Dairy Queen for a malt and some fries to a soundtrack provided by the St Louis Top 40 radio station, KXOK. This was impossibly exotic compared with the England of the 1970s. My host family was headed by a man called Homer, which was funny even then, but they did me proud. We went to the top of the Gateway Arch in St Louis, voyaged on a Mississippi paddle steamer, and went water-skiing on the Lake of the Ozarks, where I stayed upright for approximately three seconds and then sank inelegantly into its balmy waters.

This was accompanied by the social worker’s report from 1958 with the few sketchy lines I know about my natural parents. But when I was interviewed for the role of Master of Selwyn College, I felt secure enough to tell them about my families’ histories, and my relatives, blood and adopted, who were miners and train drivers and farmers and shop assistants. They would never have dreamed that their offspring would even get to university let alone make it to senior roles within the BBC and end up being head of a Cambridge college.

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