January was a bad month
I grew up listening to and watching Sir Terry Wogan – or the Togmeister as he was known by his loyal following of fans.
I have an uneasy feeling of disbelief that one of the stable figures of my childhood is gone. I’ve been reading about all he did in his life, from Children in Need to Eurovision, to the millions of fans who used to wake up to Wogan on Radio 2, to the viewers that remember as far back as Blankety Blank.
There is a lot we can learn from the life of Sir Terry, but one interview made me think specifically about what charities can learn from the Togmeisters legacy.
In 2006 BBC salary figures were leaked to the British press. They reported that Wogan was the highest paid BBC radio presenter at that time with a salary of £800,000.
According to our friends at Wikipedia, in an interview with Britain’s Hello magazine in its 30 May 2006 issue, Wogan confirmed this, saying,
“The amount they said was true and I don’t give a monkey’s about people knowing it. Nor do I feel guilty. If you do the maths, factoring in my eight million listeners, I cost the BBC about 2p a fortnight. I think I’m cheap at the price”
Good for you Sir Terry. I’d like to see our charities and charity Chief Executives responding to the ongoing press rumblings about their salary figures with the same bold manner. How about;
“The amount they said was true and I don’t give a monkey’s about people knowing it. Nor do I feel guilty. If you do the maths, factoring in the impact that <insert name of charity> has had on <insert cause charity exists to help> meaning that <insert specific example of impact> I think I’m cheap at the price”
What do you think?