The BBC's denial of Mark Thompson meeting with Downing Street ministers to discuss spending cuts and the 'compromising' of its independence is an interesting one.

According to the BBC News website Mr Thompson was seen 'walking into Downing Street holding a memo from BBC's head of news, describing its new season of programmes about the government's spending review.'

Mr Thompson's spokesman said the director general 'discussed the possible participation of ministers in programmes about the spending review.'

Now this directly effects what has become the ongoing BBC 'pensions row' whereby some BBC journalists and technicians are threatening to strike about plans to cap pensionable salary growth at '1 per cent from next April and revalue pensions at a lower level'.

A few issues crept into my mind.

Firstly, when should politics mix with broadcasting, if at all?

In essence, the BBC's responsibility to run as a non politically-biased, independent organisation is surely key in holding true power to account?

Having power communicating directly alongside the BBC surely does not benefit its editorial decision-making and may dilute its spending programme/programme output.

Also, how can the BBC defend spending cuts and pension caps when it still issues six-figure salaries to its executives including Mr Thompson (and lest we forget Jonathan Ross before he quit due to 'negative press' about his salary/position)?

And why is the BBC so keen to issue spending cuts when it is determined to spend money on moving to Salford? 

Surely license fee payers' money would be better spent on programme output and not an apparent culture of lavish management spending and political interference.

Times have changed since two people I know who work for the BBC - my Dad as an IT 'Support Systems Analyst' for the BBC World Service and Malcolm Billings, a former Today Programme presenter and award-winning broadcaster specialising in ancient history - once thought a decent pension scheme and job security were just two of many guaranteed perks in working for the BBC.

So although admittedly I do have a slight personal interest here, how the BBC's spending programme/programme output will change, its attitudes to its staff and how it acts politically in the future will be as equally interesting to observe.

Should politics mix with broadcasting?