NUJ takes itself too seriously over Jonathan Ross's comedy awards quip
We know he sometimes thinks he's funnier than he is and that he gets paid an abscene amount of money by the BBC (footballers also get paid obsecene amounts of money by clubs and end up delivering comedy performances in return) but the NUJ is taking him and itself too seriously over his comments at this week's comedy awards.
For reasons best known to ITV, it decided not to screen the awards - for fear of another phone-vote scandal (that's compliance gone mad!)- and pay a massive fee to stop anyone else broadcasting the event. Ross who was presenting the awards, the audience, nominees and recipients were naturally not as moved by the decision to have an 'off screen' celebration of tv comedy as they were by the talent they had come to honour. So Ross had pointed out how ridiculous (or in his word wwwudiculous) the situation was as it deprived comedians of one of the key awards - the public one (as the public would normally phone in their vote).
Having pointed this out amid heckles over his huge BBC salary he quipped that he was worth 1,000 journalists - giving him the benefit of the doubt, the impact of him deriding ITV over the awards may have has the same coverage as numerous journalist by-lines but that's where it ends. No self-respecting journalist would take his comment seriously - especially within the context of a comedy awards ceremony where Ross may have been short on written script and improvised a joke or two. Yes, if the BBC paid him less they might have more to devote to serious journalism but unfortunately the administrative dictatorship running it would be unlikely to use any cut in pay to the likes of Ross for such sensible purposes when there are plenty of administrative, hr and consultancy projects they could waste it on.
More on the issue HERE