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Dimbleby slams BBC 'gobbledegook'
Veteran BBC presenter David Dimbleby has hit out at bloated management and a culture of "gobbledegook" at the corporation.
The Question Time host said the broadcaster could not find good director-generals because it was being "throttled" by its own bureaucracy.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Dimbleby insisted: "In my opinion it is still over-managed and the management still speak gobbledegook.
"Any editor, any head of department spends their lives filling in forms and answering questions about things that are not really necessary using language that is so arcane, about platforms and genres and goodness knows what."
He pointed out that George Entwistle's previous title before his abortive stint as DG had been head of "vision" rather than head of television.
"It has gone bonkers at that level," he added.
The presenter said the existing culture did not produce "good director-generals".
"You get people who have played the game very carefully, one against the other... they just don't have the stomach for what is needed," he said.
Dimbleby said it would be "absurd" for BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten to resign over the controversy. But he added: "I think he should reflect on why he chose George."
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Dimbleby suggested the nature of Mr Entwistle's departure demonstrated that he was not right for the job.
"The fact that he chose to resign rather than fight shows that he was not the right choice for Director-General. The DG has to fight like a tiger to defend the BBC and George did not do that," he added.
"The trouble is that the BBC in recent years has throttled itself with its own bureaucracy - which saps the energy of its staff and demoralises them.
"It is over-managed and badly managed so that no-one knows how or where decisions are taken.
"The upshot is a crazy system where George as head of television, when told of the Savile suspicions, ends up saying that he does not want to show 'undue interest' in something that clearly radically affects his programming."