A new boss at the Beeb, but its reputation hasn’t changed

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The arrogance of the BBC – personified by its chairman Chris Patten – knows no bounds.

Justified accusations of leftist bias over many years has not prevented it from appointing a former Labour culture secretary – James Purnell – as its new ‘director of strategy and digital’ at £295,000 a year.

Now the woman who was in charge of a department described as ‘in virtual meltdown’ during the Savile debacle has been shunted sideways with no loss of pay.

Helen Boaden – who had offered to resign – has been moved from head of news to director of radio, while continuing to enjoy an annual salary of £345,000.

The BBC may have a new director-general, but its reputation for profligacy and rewarding failure lives on.