British bookies recently announced that punters will be able to bet on some of the biggest topics relating to broadcasting giant, the BBC.
Bookmakers like William Hill are offering bets on a range of topics including who will be the newly appointed Director General of the broadcaster as well as whether or not the popular TV series Newsnight will be cancelled in 2013. Bets on the director general appointment are already open and popular selections include Ed Richards at odds of 5:4 as well as less popular options like Jeremy Paxman at 100 to 1 and Jonathan Ross at 500:1.
In recent times there has been a great deal of criticism of the BBC and how the organisation appears to be unfit to broadcast the news in an ethical manner. This is largely due to the multitude of slip ups and scandals within the BBC’s higher echelons including the Jimmy Saville saga, false allegations of paedophilia on Newsnight, obviously biased and unfair panorama episodes as well as many senior officials recently accepting unjustifiable resignation payoffs. The latter includes ex-Director General of the BBC, George Entwistle, Director of BBC news Helen Boaden as well as her deputy Stephen Mitchell all exiting under sketch circumstances. Reports confirm that the latter two were “instructed to leave” instead of resigning, while George Entwistle resigning after a 54 day tenure in the Director General position yet still being compensated with a full year’s severance pay.
In the near future there is a great likelihood that other top sportsbooks operators and betting organisations will also jump on the bandwagon and offer an increased range of bets on this and a variety of other relevant topics. It is not only entertaining but also potentially rewarding for players to be able to bet on current affairs and also have a laugh at them and the bookmakers are of course making the best of bad situations and offering some light relief.
While the BBC definitely does have a great deal to answer for, bookmakers offering bets on its affairs are likely to provoke journalistic and even societal criticism, but it is all done in good humour and if you place your bets just right you may even make some serious money out of this.