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The plans were shared on the BBC’s sourcing website shortly before Tim Davie took over as the new director-general. The survey was described as a way to “deliver one of the key objectives of making the BBC an even greater place to work”. But Tory MPs and campaigners have blasted this a “colossal waste of money” and warned the BBC to “sort its priorities out”.
Dennis Reed, director of campaign group Silver Voices, criticised the BBC for spending so much money on staff surveys just after stripping over-75s of free licence fees.
He said: “The BBC needs to sort its priorities out.”
Tom Hunt, MP for Ipswich, added the BBC should be focusing on “minimising costs” following the backlash over the licence fee changes.
He said: “I don’t know how surveys can cost that much money.
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“The BBC doesn’t seem to be making every effort to minimise cost.”
Conservative MP Peter Bone said the £1million contract was simply a “colossal waste of money”.
The cost of the software needed for the surveys could pay for 6,300 licence fees at a cost of £157.50 each.
The money will be used on “staff surveys, exit surveys and regular pulse surveys”.
A BBC spokesman said: “Like most large organisations we use staff surveys to gain valuable feedback on our performance and respond to the areas people are telling us we need to improve on.”
The procurement document read: “The BBC is looking to purchase a staff survey and engagement software-based platform solution.”
Greg Dyke Former director-general of the BBC warned over the weekend that the BBC will need to find another unique funding method.
He is doubtful the current format of charging £157.50 for a licence fee is sustainable.
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He told Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “It’s very difficult to find another way to adequately fund the BBC.
“But personally I doubt whether it [the licence fee] survives very long-term, no.
“Subscription of certain services is always a possibility.”
New director general Tim Davie is said to be weighing up a new funding model for the corporation.
This could include a two tier premium and a standard package.
The premium package would allow viewers access to exclusive programmes such as The Night Manager, the Bodyguard, and Normal People.
A source told The Sun: “This is all at a very early stage but the two-tier structure is being discussed at the higher echelons.
“You would effectively have a cut-price version including the main aspects of telly and radio stations.”
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