Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article People chief attacks BBC for stifling creative talentOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The BBC takes the best of the best and then drains the spark out of them,according to Nigel Paine, head of people development at the BBC. Paine, speaking at the Training Insight Conference, launched a stingingattack on how the BBC treats new staff after an internal questionnaire showedonly 28 per cent of employees believe the corporation is exploiting their fullpotential. He said talented new recruits were frustrated with how long it can take torise through the ranks at the BBC. “We have to work out a way of embracing that talent and accelerating itthrough the system, while still registering that there are standards,” hesaid. “We are taking people with a spark and draining it out of them so thereis nothing left. It is not something I am proud of.” He said the BBC needed to change its thinking so that it embracedinnovation, creativity and uncertainty. There has to be greater sharing ofpower and knowledge at the BBC, which would mean ideas would not be rankedaccording to the seniority of the person who had them, he added. “We needto create a culture where 27,000 people’s opinions count, not four people and adog,” Paine said. He also pledged to work hard to promote ethnic, geographical, and agediversity at the broadcasting corporation.