BBC publishes final costs of The Pollard Review

Date: 16.07.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.56
Category: Corporate
Today, the BBC is publishing the final total, including a full breakdown, of all costs associated with The Pollard Review.
  • Total cost to the BBC and to the BBC Trust for The Pollard Review was £2.4m
  • Cost of three Savile-related inquiries up to 31 March 2013 was £4.9m

BBC Executive costs (excluding VAT and tax) were £2.1m. These costs include the publication of the Report on 19 December 2012, and the publication of the Appendices and transcripts on 22 February 2013.

The cost to the BBC Trust of The Pollard Review was £360,910 (excluding tax and VAT).

Led by former Head of Sky News Nick Pollard, the Review sought to establish whether there were any failings in the BBC’s management of the Newsnight investigation relating to allegations of sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile, including the broadcast of tribute programmes on the BBC.

The review also looked at the BBC’s handling of material that might have been of interest to the police or relevant authorities.

The BBC set up three reviews in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal: the Pollard Review; the Respect at Work Review assisted by Dinah Rose QC which was published on 2 May 2013; and Dame Janet Smith’s review into the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked at the BBC. This includes a detailed investigation by Dame Linda Dobbs DBE into the conduct of Stuart Hall at the BBC, and will publish later this year.

The cost of all three inquiries up to 31 March 2013 was £4.9m. This figure is published in the BBC’s Annual Report and Accounts.

Once all associated costs have been received, the BBC will publish the total costs for the Respect at Work and Dame Janet Smith Reviews.

BBC Trust and BBC Executive Costs (excluding VAT and tax) for The Pollard Review

Nick Pollard

£81,600.00

Reed Smith (inc. fees and disbursements)

£893,501.35

Witnesses’ legal costs

£391,120.92

BBC’s external legal support (inc. fees and disbursements).  This included, amongst other things, the review of the hard copy disclosure from witnesses, the electronic email review of over 30,000 documents, the review of the Appendices and Transcripts, and preparation of material for disclosure and publication.

£492,436.62

BBC’s technical support (email archive extraction and document management)

£227,292.31

Total cost to the BBC Executive

£2,085,951.20

Total cost to the BBC Trust (external legal support)

£373,270*

Overall Total

£2,459,221.20

BBC Press Office

*On 27 February 2014 the BBC Trust published updated costs for the Pollard Review, for external legal support associated with the Trust’s investigation of questions raised by a Member of Parliament into the review’s conclusions, and the Trust’s subsequent consideration of the recorded conversation between Mr Pollard and a journalist. The additional costs were £12,360 excluding VAT. The updated cost to the Trust of the Pollard Review was therefore £373,270 excluding VAT.