Julie Gardner Named in Expenses Row

Former Doctor Who executive Julie Gardner has been named as a regular user of expenses as the recent row that has claimed so many political figures in the last few weeks has seen the magnifying glass widened to take in BBC employees – also recipients of public funding.

Beginning with the point of view that “as government are desiring so much information about the population, let’s see what they’re up to” the Telegraph launched a series of daily articles in May revealing the astonishing expenses claims of various MPs. This was all down to a whistleblower who leaked the paperwork – released under a Freedom of Information Act request – before it was censored.

A similar FIA request has recently been made of the BBC. The results aren’t pretty:

Julie Gardner, the former head of drama for BBC Wales and Doctor Who executive now working in the US, emerged as the second highest spender on hospitality overall, claiming £7,764.51 in 2008/09, just £276.22 less than the director general.

That’s a lot of cash.

Gardner of course is now based in the US as part of a BBC initiative to set up development and production of various drama concepts.

There is of course no suggestion of any wrongdoing on anybody’s part with these BBC claims, simply an urge for greater transparency.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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