Senior managers’ expenses rise by 19%

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BBC senior management's expenses grew year-on-year by 19% to £206,401, according to the latest disclosure from the corporation.

Relating to claims made between October and December 2012 (Q3), the figures refer to the expenses of all senior managers earning more than £150,000 or sitting on a Divisional board.

Transport was the most common expense, with flight spend nearly doubling year-on-year from £33,949 to £65,654.

Former BBC One controller Danny Cohen, now director of BBC Television, claimed £961 for cab journeys, while creative director Alan Yentob and human resources boss Lucy Adams spent around £950 and £822 respectively.

However the corporation said senior managers' taxi expenditure had declined by 15% since their expenses were first published in autumn 2009.

It added:

  • the rail bill fell by 21% compared to a year before
  • spending on hotels had reduced year-on-year by 5%
  • internal hospitality expenses had dropped by 22% compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2012)

But standout claims included Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams hosting external hospitality for 22 attendees last June, at the sum of £2,237.

A BBC spokesperson said: "The majority of these expenses are unavoidable routine costs incurred in running a major international broadcasting organisation.

"Whilst there will inevitably be fluctuation in spend from year to year, we are mindful that we are spending public money and are working hard to keep these costs to a minimum."

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