John Simpson Scraps Corporate Consultancy Business Following Breach Of Editorial Guidelines | TV News
BBC world affairs editor John Simpson has scrapped plans to run a corporate consultancy business after the corporation concluded it would breach editorial guidelines following the mail online’s reporting of the editors personal website advertisting the services of Simpson Associates.
Simpson concluded on the contents: “The supposed facts in the Mail’s article are ludicrously inaccurate. I didn’t write or see the entries on my website, which was a work in progress, and wasn’t meant to go public. The idea that I am earning £800,000 a year is a wild fantasy”.
“Two years ago I was given a new agreement which restricted me to 125 days a year with a commensurately deep cut in salary. I was given permission to work for any other organisation as long as it didn’t contravene the BBC’s guidelines, and I received an assurance that I could work for as long as I wanted. Throughout my long career I’ve never once transgressed the BBC’s guidelines”.
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