Going from what is in the press about the 400, yes 400, it took to cover the glastonbury festival, it must take at least fifty. Dont get me wrong I think that much of the beeb gives value for money, but the overmanning of outside events by the corporation is taking the mickey out of the licence payers.
. . . a lot of stages at Glasto. A lot of stages, a lot of performances and a lot of equipment.
How many in a team? I've no idea, but considering the (pretty much) blanket coverage on both radio and tv over the weekend, it sounds like "about right".
And the 400 will probably be the number of people involved in the whole shebang, from people putting white marks on the grass before the event, to cameramen, producers, directors, gaffers, best boys, grips etc including shift changes.
For every one guy changing a light bulb on an OB the BBC has about 10 Managers we don't even know how to do it. It's not the front line people who are over staffed but the Byzantine management structure which eats up the money. The Beeb have had very well known consultants in to recommend change and then turned their ideas down when a lot of the managers would be fired. So remember your License Fee is keeping a very large number of unproductive people in very great luxury, for life. The problem is the Beeb doesn't recognise that these people are unnecessary for an efficient operation. But Joe Public has to cough up £4,000,000,000 each year to maintain the management structure - programmes, who cares about them.
The BBC's annual licence fee (provided by the Government through TV Licensing) was £3.4bn at the last count.
I agree that 400 to cover the Glastonbury festival seems a lot, but in view of the fact it covered BBC 1 and 2 plus the BBCi active channels, along with extensive radio coverage, it seems reasonable. See:
I see that there is yet another BBC reporter out in Los Angeles covering the Micheal Jackson story. They already had at least 2 there at the start and I see Emily Matliss was reporting on the 1 o'clock news from there today. Is it really necessary to keep sending out extra ones?