Radio 3 controller tops expenses claims
Senior managers cut their expenses by 9% during October-December 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.
In the latest disclosure of management expenses, the highest claim was submitted by Radio 3 controller Roger Wright, who lives outside the capital, for 23 nights at a London hotel during the BBC Proms, which came in at £3060.
A BBC spokesperson said Wright's work during the season involved out-of-hours commitments "including late night concerts as well as early starts".
Most management claims related to travel and accommodation, especially between London and the BBC's biggest bases outside the capital in Salford and Glasgow.
The highest taxi expenses through central bookings were claimed by creative director Alan Yentob for £1317.21; BBC One controller Danny Cohen for £735.10; director of business operations, Lucy Adams for £731.64; and director of Audio & Music, Tim Davie for £550.74.
Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan also claimed £162 for a single taxi ride.
Mark Thompson's biggest expense was a return flight to Zurich at £730. Apart from an annual Bafta membership at £415, the director general's other main claim was £155.48 on business hospitality for four attendees.
Other major expenses also related to hospitality, with BBC Three controller Zai Bennett hosting a dinner for six people for their "exceptional performance in comedy" at £600; Vision director George Entwistle hosting a meal for six after a screening of The Killing II at £309.01; and Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper hosting an internal monthly station briefing for 74 at £237.37.
A BBC spokesperson said: 'There will always be costs associated with running a large media organisation with bases across the UK and abroad, but we are mindful we are spending public money and will continue to work hard to keep expenditure to a minimum.'
The corporation has published the salaries and expenses of its most senior managers, i.e. those who earn more than £150,000 and sit on the BBC's main boards, since autumn 2009.