Critic: Bradshaw slated Arlene Phillipss exit by bo wilson and his guests were agents to discuss her future. Culture secretary Mr Bradshaw had warned the BBC not to succumb to the cult of youth after the axing of 66-year- old Strictly judge Phillips. Ms Harman criticised the sacking in Parliament. Mr Yentob conceded there are fewer older women than men on TV, but pointed out the examples of Newsnights Kirsty Wark, 54, and Anne Robinson, 64, presenter of The Weakest Link. He added that criticisms of sexism were as unfounded as those of ageism, saying there are more influential, empowered women among the BBCs executive team than in any other organisation of its size and influence in Britain. Mr Yentob, 62, who earns up to 340,000 a year, defended the corporation against accusations of profligacy and claimed a 1,600 dinner tab for 27 colleagues and their partners at a pizzeria was modest. He said: It was a Christmas dinner for the executive and direc- tors and their wives. If you work it out, its 50 a head. If you ask me if well be doing it this year, I think its unlikely. BBC executive Alan Yentob today hit back at critics of the corporation and told the Government to stop meddling in its affairs. He ridiculed ministers such as Ben Bradshaw and Harriet Harman, who he accused of trying to interfere in casting decisions, and defended lavish spending on stars. The 340,000-a-year creative director, who also presents BBC1s Imagine, went on the attack after politicians got involved in the row over the sacking of Arlene Phillips from Strictly Come Dancing. Mr Yentob said: Do I think its the job of ministers to decide whos cast in shows? Everyone would like to be the person who decides who goes on this or that show. Maybe Ben Bradshaw and Harriet Harman are no different. The BBC has been under fire over senior execu- tives expenses and pay. Mr Yentob was criticised for paying nearly 160 for dinner with Nigella Lawson. He said Ms Lawson was not present London Lite Wednesday, 5 August 2009 11 A senior BBC journalist has allegedly resigned over plans to move him to Manchester. The corporation said today that its sports news editor, Mihir Bose, 64, had left because of personal reasons, amid rumours his elderly mother in india was unwell. But according to BBC sources, Mr Bose was unhappy about plans to move his role to the new Media City in salford Quays. A source claimed: Mihir had grown unhappy about the move and felt betrayed. Mr Bose was not available for comment. BBC departure: Mihir Bose GLOOMY LIGHTING BUT STILL SNAP HAPPY. ALIVE AT NIGHT. NOKIA N86 8MP. Visit nokia.co.uk/N86 Nokia N86 8MPNokia N86 8MP Available at mobile broadband monthly rolling contract 15 FOR 5GB The network designed & built for the Mobile Internet Offer available to new approved customers registering on a SIM only 5GB Mobile Broadband one month contract whilst customer remains on the promoted price plan. SIM must be used in a 3 modem. Dongle is ZTE MF627. Charges of 10p per MB apply if inclusive allowance is exceeded. One month notice required to cancel after the first month. Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista operating systems and Mac OS (may require additional drivers). 200 hrs is approximation only. Service limitations and terms apply. See three.co.uk Dongleonly 9.99 call free 0800 358 4580THREE.CO.UK/LITEUSB OR VISIT A 3 STORE Thats plenty of broadband for you to play with on the move for 15 a month. And our contract lasts justm one month too so youre not tied ino ong term. You can:lo Get 2GB more data allowance than if you took out a Pay As You Go package Surf the web for around 200 hrsS Open 7 days a week: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-8pm. Sorry we do not accept Visa Electron or Solo cards. Cards accepted: Sportsed betrayed byBeeb So glad I went to Specsavers... TEENAGER Kelly Forward today told how pleased she was that she kept her appointment for a routine eye test, after it revealed she had a brain tumour. Kelly, 19, had surgery after her optician at Specsavers in Dagenham spotted the growth. Beer bellies turn on most women WOMEN prefer a man with a beer belly, a study has found. Eight out of 10 would choose a paunchy real man with messy hair and a hairy chest over a well-groomed metrosexual, according to the poll for Lion Bar ice cream. Hitting back: senior BBC executive Alan Yentob speaks out Butt out! BBC boss goes to war with theGovernment H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html