Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

BBC chiefs spent £175,000 on taxis, flights and hotels

Top BBC managers claimed nearly £175,000 in expenses in three months, it has been revealed.

The claims ranged from 70p for a parking meter by the corporation's director general Mark Thompson to £3,211.70 for a flight to New York by its creative director Alan Yentob.

They included a total of £46,110 for taxis, £50,375 for flights, £30,314 for hospitality and £16,678 for hotels between April and June this year.

The details emerged after the BBC published the salaries and expenses claims of its 107 most senior “decision-makers” yesterday.

Some 46 of the corporation's managers earn more than Prime Minister Gordon Brown's salary of £194,250, the figures showed.

The Liberal Democrats said many people would be “gobsmacked” by some of the claims and pay packets, and called for a “clampdown on excess” at the top of the BBC.

Caroline Thomson, the corporation's chief operating officer, claimed more than £4,000 for taxis over the three-month period, charging £1,534.47 for cabs in May alone.

The executive, who earns a basic salary of £333,000 and has a total remuneration package worth £413,000, made one claim for a taxi journey costing £114.42.

A BBC spokesman said Ms Thomson needed to travel extensively as part of her role.

BBC director general Mr Thompson, who receives a salary of £664,000 and a total remuneration worth £834,000, claimed 70p for parking on seven separate occasions.

Mr Thompson's expenses claims totalled £3,364.75, including £647.50 for a night in the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Mr Yentob also claimed a total of £1,835.78 for taxis.

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