Whenever the BBC covers any story on excessive pay I feel they should immediately declare a conflict of interests!
BBC Executives have some of the highest salaries, bonuses and generous pension arrangements which they justify saying they are based on the market rate.
However there is no competitor to the way the BBC is funded so a market rate doesn't exist!
Also some of their most highly paid staff are freelance which means they can be paid in the most tax-efficient way possible and not via PAYE.
John Birt for example when Director General was found to be freelance.
This little bit of detail about the bias BBC tells you all you need to know about the organisation.
The BBC should change their motto to "Do as I say but not as I do"