Taxis tot up as BBC managers' expenses rise by £2000

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The BBC's commercial director Bal Samra claimed £2115 in taxi expenses between April and June this year, according to the corporation's latest disclosure of senior managers' expenses.

He was one of a number of senior managers who made hefty claims for taxis. Others included BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie, who spent £1107 on cabs; Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan, who claimed £821; and television director Danny Cohen, whose bill was £693.

Peter Salmon, head of BBC North, and Dominic Coles, director of operations, were also big spenders on travel. The executives spent a combined total of more than £7000 on flights to San Francisco, where the pair went to look at new broadcasting technology not available in the UK over four days.

Tony Hall claimed a total of £2129, which included spending on domestic flights and rail travel, during his first three months as director general.

Travel was the biggest cost in a period that saw senior managers' expenses rise by more than £2000 year on year to £170,975 for the first quarter of this financial year. This was an increase of 1.6% on the previous quarter.

A BBC spokesperson said the overall figures were 'stable' and that a 24-hour organisation, with offices across the UK, would inevitably incur travel costs.

'However, we are mindful that we are spending public money and we have policies in place to ensure spend on travel is proportionate and appropriate.

'The cheapest method of travel is always encouraged, however, on occasions, taxi journeys are permitted in exceptional circumstances or where there are time constraints.'

The spokesperson pointed out that costs were down 49% on taxis since 2009, when the BBC first published the salaries and expenses of its senior managers who earn more than £150,000 or sit on a main BBC board.

You can find more details here.

Senior managers' expenses

Q1 2009/10

Q1 2012/13

Q4 2012/13

Q1 2013/14

£174,575

£168,703

£168,314

£170,975

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