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That gut-churning feeling when you accidentally press ‘send all’ is a reality for a dopey BBC executive who sent a private email outlining Vanessa Feltz’s not so flattering performance review to all staff.
Among other things, it revealed the 55-year-old presenter needed to ‘tighten up’ her show and that it was a ‘constant battle’ for her to keep up with the hectic pace of breakfast radio.
Vanessa, who is paid £350,000-a-year, was also criticised for her ‘lack of personality’ by station editor David Robey – who begged staff to not read the confidential email and delete it.
According to the Sun, the report says there were potential risks moving Feltz to the breakfast slot in 2016.
But it says it is radio ‘law’ to have the best known presenter in the flagship role even though it is said she lost 50,000 listeners since last year.
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We regularly review our output.
‘Vanessa is an award-winning presenter whose programmes have consistently delivered strong listening figures over many years.
‘She is an asset to the station and we have every confidence in her.’
Meanwhile Vanessa this week hit back at disgraced Irish Times columnists Kevin Myers after he made offensive comments about how her high salary and the fact she is Jewish is related.
He wrote in his column: “Good for them. (Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman)
“Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.”
On her show Vanessa described the piece by Kevin Myers as ‘so obviously racist it’s surprisingly hurtful’.
She added: ‘I would have thought after all these years I’d be immune or used to it, but that’s not at all how I felt. I felt extremely upset.’