BFI/UKFC merger update

BFI and UK Film Council plan merger

Charlotte Higgins

Tuesday 26 January 2010 22.30 GMT

Proposals for the merger of the BFI and the UK Film Council have been drawn up, at least in outline; still to come is the inevitable horse-trading between the two bodies. Is the new outfit to become a cultural organisation with a film-enterprise arm, or a film-enterprise organisation with a cultural arm? The merger will provide a good opportunity for the Film Council to take a look at its salary bill. In the financial year ending March 2009, eight senior staff were paid more than £100,000, four of those more than £150,000 – that even manages to make Arts Council England look modest. Such salaries do nothing for a quango’s credibility.

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