BBC Trust chief's expenses revealed
BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons ran up expenses totalling more than £12,000 in six months, figures showed today.
Sir Michael, who has "part-time access to a driver and car when working in London on BBC business", spent £875 on taxis.
His expenses, released in a BBC report, cover April to September last year and included £5,593 on hotels, £4,501 on train fares and £427 on flights. They totalled £12,403.
He also accepted tickets to a Seal concert hosted by Radio 2 and took his daughter to see Jack Johnson, also at a Radio 2 concert.
The trust also paid £55 for a single train fare from Birmingham to Euston for his wife on May 10 when she attended the Sony Music Awards with Sir Michael.
He also spent £1,565.75 hosting a box at the BBC Proms for invited guests.
The trust paid out a total of £46,554 to its members in expenses over the period and a further £2,066 to director Nicholas Kroll.
That is 22% less than the previous half-year period.
Other substantial claims were made by Chitra Bharucha, who was paid expenses of £5,350, Alison Hastings, who claimed £6,086 and Jeremy Peat, who claimed £7,354.
Mr Peat's claim included £2,507 on flights to and from his home in Scotland.
Another trust member, Rotha Johnson, claimed £2,255 on flights to and from Belfast.
The lowest claim was made by Richard Ayre who claimed £29.80 on train fares.
More than £3,000 was spent by the trust on hosting boxes for guests at the Proms.
Sir Michael is stepping down from the role in May after four years.
Among the names said to be in the running for the job is former Hong Kong governor Lord Patten.
An independent panel is expected to nominate two preferred candidates, with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt choosing Sir Michael's eventual successor.
The cost of Sir Michael's driver came to £13,492 over the six months.
Russell Brand opposes anti-Semitism after death threats: 'We must disavow all forms of prejudice that lead to exclusion and execution'
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – as hunt begins for killer
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Microbial life found living on the exterior of the International Space Station, say reports
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel you sales role is li...
£20000 - £45000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Key featuresA highly motivated ...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum + 25 days holiday and bonus: Clearwater People Solut...
Highly Competitive Salary + Commission: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL BASED - DEALING ...