BBC exec expenses climb 50%

BBC exec expenses have soared almost 50% in the last three months. Some of the extra cash has gone on flights to Asia, where the BBC is outsourcing some of its payroll operations. Rail and taxi fares are also up.

Total exec expenses in the quarter to the end of last year saw expenses hit £206,401 compared to £139,000.

Fair's fare?

The BBC is claiming that the costs are unavoidable. But some of the costs - £126 on a taxi for marketing boss Philip Almond to attend an anniversary event - and other miscellaneous expenses claimed - look careless. (Taxi fares currently have hit almost £33,000 in total.)

One BBC exec on a six-figure salary claimed the best part of £400 when his holiday was cancelled. Adrian Van Klaveren, on £193,150 as of June last year, claimed £387.50 for a "cancelled holiday to return to work during Jimmy Savile issue", claims the Press Gazette.

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"Due to a leading editorial role dealing with exceptional circumstances Adrian was required to return early from annual leave," said the paper. Van Klaveren was the former controller of BBC Radio 5 Live but left Radio 5 last year following the Pollard Report into the Savile scandal.

The BBC's head of Human Resources Lucy Adams - on an annual salary of £320,000 - claimed almost £800 on taxi fares during the period. It transpires that BBC creative director Alan Yentob racked up almost £1,000 on cab fares for the last three months of last year.

(London resident Alan Yentob though is 66 and therefore eligible for his free London over 60s bus pass.) The story on BBC expenses is now updated regularly every three months because the BBC Trust has agreed to publish claims quarterly in an effort to be more transparent.

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