Senior managers' expenses fall by 8%

NBH Taxi claims by BBC senior managers have fallen by 57% since 2009

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BBC senior management expenses fell by 8% on the year during the April-June period, according to the latest disclosure from the BBC.

However there was a 1% rise on the previous quarter, although the BBC says taxi claims fell by 20% between the two periods.

Standout claims include a £6213 business class return flight to San Francisco for Future Media director Ralph Riviera in June. In addition, his three-night stay at a hotel there cost £706.

Former director general Mark Thompson also flew return to San Francisco at the same time at a cost of £5789.

His successor George Entwistle, who was then BBC Vision director but left the corporation in November, stayed at a Hollywood hotel for six nights in May at a cost of £1311.

BBC News deputy director Stephen Mitchell, currently stepping aside while Nick Pollard investigates the recent problems at Newsnight, flew to Tokyo on a return ticket that came in at nearly £2846.

Taxi bills

Concerning taxi expenses via central booking and e-expenses, BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie claimed £1007 and BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston claimed £752.

BBC creative director Alan Yentob, who has racked up large taxi bills in the past, cut his claims slightly to £815.

A BBC spokesperson said taxi expenses had fallen by 57% since autumn 2009, when the expenses of BBC senior managers were first published.

He added that total expenses "remain within a range that is 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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