BBC Bashes in Spotlight

The expenses row expanded last week beyond the pay deals of vaious BBC production and management personnel and into the realms of functions – and Jane Tranter, the executive who oversaw the rebirth of Doctor Who – has been cited as a beneficiary of such a function.

Prior to taking a job with BBC Worldwide’s US arm on January 1st, Tranter was given a huge reception at the grade I-listed, 18th-century House of St Barnabas in Soho, central London. The ornate venue baosts library, a chapel and even a secret garden.

Among the 250 guests were David Tennant, Russell T Davies, award winning dramatist Andrew Davies and screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff.

Reported in the Times recently, this particular event was brought to attention due to an alleged feeling of “disquiet” among some BBC staff who felt that as Tranter was moving within the BBC she didn’t warrant a leaving party of such magnitude – the event cost the licence fee payer £150,000.

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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