Senior manager expenses rise by 2% year-on-year

Coins and cash The BBC says the latest claims show a 11% drop compared to autumn 2009

There has been a 2% rise in the expenses of the BBC's most senior managers between Q4 2010/11 and Q4 11/12.

£166,899 was claimed via e-expenses or central booking between January and March, compared to £164,335 during the same period last year.

However the BBC says the latest figures show a 4% drop compared to claims made in the previous quarter, i.e. Q3 2011/12.

Most notable items include director general Mark Thompson claiming £3246 for a return flight to New York.

He also accepted hospitality from Warner Bros for a family tour of The Making of Harry Potter attraction in London, and was invited with his wife to The Death of Klinghoffer production by English National Opera chairman Peter Bazalgette.

BBC creative director Alan Yentob claimed £1104 for 52 taxi bookings, and Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan claimed £130 for a single cab ride.

A BBC spokesperson said savings had been made on hotels, taxis and hospitality, and the latest claims represented a 11% drop since the corporation started publishing senior managers' salaries and expenses in autumn 2009.

"Expenses have fallen 4% this quarter and remain within a range proportionate to running a media organisation of this size. We continue to be mindful of how we spend public money and to drive down costs wherever possible."

The senior managers whose expenses were published on Thursday either earn more than £150,000 and/or sit on one of the Divisional Boards.

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