From: A.W. Clarke, Wold Croft, Sutton on Derwent.
THE news that there is the possibility of a £100,000 per year rise for the ‘stars’ of The Great British Bake Off stars (The Yorkshire Post, January 27) will not be a surprise to your readers.
That the spokeswoman for the BBC said that they do not comment on speculation on pay is also not surprising.
After all, if she had confirmed the increase, it would surely have raised an outcry in view of the rumoured idea that the broadcaster is about to launch an appeal for pensioners over the age of 75 to give up their ‘perk’ of a free licence.
Leaving aside the sheer gall to ask pensioners to contribute to the pay of the many vastly overpaid so- called stars, the public are also aware of the £34m spent on taxis over three years, the huge amounts towards first class train fares to the BBC outpost in what they seem to see as that uncivilised Northern city known as Salford and the vastly rewarded BBC executives, it beggars belief that they are said to be thinking of asking celebrities to wheedle money from British pensioners who, I would remind you, are amongst the most poorly rewarded in the whole of Europe.