Panorama plans charity salary special
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
BBC Panorama is currently producing a programme investigating charity chief executives’ pay, to be broadcast in November, civilsociety.co.uk understands.
A BBC spokeswoman would not confirm or deny that an investigation is under way, only saying: “At any one time the BBC is working on any number of investigations and we don’t comment on these.”
The issue of the pay packets of charity chief executives hit the media spotlight in the summer, when the Daily Telegraph criticised international aid charity senior executives who earned over £100,000 and reported Charity Commission chair William Shawcross as saying that "disproportionate" salaries risked bringing the sector into disrepute.
Other right-wing media outlets followed suit, leading to a national debate on charity sector pay.
It is understood that the Panorama programme on charity executive pay, which is scheduled for 28 November, will have a wider focus than aid agencies.
NCVO to meet Telegraph reporter
Elsewhere, NCVO plans to meet Christopher Hope, the journalist at the Daily Telegraph who sparked the charity pay debate. Hope also recently wrote a story suggesting donations for aid in Syria was finding its way to terrorists.
Most recently, Hope wrote an article about the membership of NCVO’s executive pay inquiry, with the headline Charity pay review panel stuffed with bosses who signed off pay deals. It was later taken down, but tweets remain on it.
Hope has often quoted two Tory MPs in his stories on the charity sector – Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, and Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham. Both MPs, who sit on the Public Administration Select Committee, have been highly critical of charities’ campaigning and pay levels, in the past.