BBC boss says expense claims were reasonable
Thursday 06 August 2009
The BBC executive Alan Yentob hit out at the corporation's critics and attacked ministers for trying to interfere in its affairs.
Mr Yentob, the BBC creative director, told London's Evening Standard that expenses claimed by the corporation's top brass were reasonable, and there was no need for a "collective mea culpa".
Figures released at the end of June showed that high-level managers claimed £400,000 on expenses over the past three years, on champagne, cigars, flowers, cosmetics, food hampers and a Doctor Who action figure. Mr Yentob charged the licence-fee payer nearly £1,600 for an "executive Christmas dinner" and £160 for a lunch to discuss Nigella Lawson's contract, which he now says the chef did not even attend.
Mr Yentob said entertaining in such a way brought in more business.
The BBC was criticised after it emerged that radio and TV station chiefs showered celebrities with gifts and "thank you" lunches.
Mr Yentob, whose contract is worth up to £340,000 a year, insisted the spending was a reasonable way of holding on to big names, to benefit the corporation. But he said expenses were likely to be reined in: "From now on, and I don't just mean because of the exposure in the papers, the BBC is going to be tougher and meaner."
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery rumours: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
competitive benefits: Sauce Recruitment: Outstanding analytic expertise is req...
competitive + bonus + benefits: Sauce Recruitment: Are you the king or Queen o...
£50k + commission: Savvy Media Ltd: Great opportunity to work for a team that ...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel like your sales role...