BBC Trustee Anthony Fry on NAO report that BBC paid £25m in severance deals over past three years

Carolyn Quinn interviews BBC Trustee Anthony Fry on The World at One, BBC Radio 4.


Anthony Fry – Occupy Wall Street Debate, Oxford Union.

Anthony Fry gives his opposing arguement to the motion of “This house would Occupy Wall Street”.

House of Commons Select Committee.

Members of Parliament on the House of Commons public accounts select committee met on Thursday 21 November, 2012, shortly before the corporation confirmed that Royal Opera House chief executive Tony Hall, the former BBC News director,  was to be the next Director General of the BBC.

The BBC Trust had agreed to a severance payment of £450,000 for the former Director General, George Entwistle.  Giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, Anthony Fry argued that, given the Trust’s legal position and in the exceptional circumstances it faced, it was ‘in the best interests of the BBC and licence fee payers to reach a quick agreement.’

The members of the public accounts select committee also raised their concern about the role of the BBC Trust, how could it the Trust be both ‘cheerleader’ and ‘praetorian guard’ at the same time?

How good was the judgement of the Trust ?

Should London love its Bankers?

On 9th October 2012 Intelligence 2 the forum for debate and intelligent discussion hosted an event at the Royal Geographical Society to debate the motion ‘Should London Love its Bankers?’ Chaired by Edward Lucas of the Economist with Anthony Fry, Jennifer Moses and William Wright proposing the motion and Ken Livingstone, Aditya Chakrabortty and Tony Curzon Price opposing.

(full video here)