Published on September 16th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
BBC Wales staff are coming under the spotlight today as the expenses row which embroiled parliament earlier in the year spreads to the BBC and their justification of the licence fee – and Doctor Who production personnel are mentioned.
WalesOnline have reported how Monmouth MP David Davies has described the BBC as “up to its neck in spending taxpayers’ money like it was going out of fashion,” and put together a list of occasions on which Director of BBC Wales Menna Richards submitted hospitality claims for entertaining Doctor Who executive producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner
On three separate dates, four expense claims were made which were recorded with descriptions such as “Thank Julie and Russell for their hard work” and “discuss Julie’s future”.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance is a pressure group that lobbies against these sorts of expenses – chief executive Matthew Elliot said:
“These figures further emphasise how BBC staff are disconnected from the rest of the world, and that a culture of self-congratulation and profligacy exists in certain parts of BBC Wales. Repeated parties and the purchase of Champagne and gifts all display a cavalier attitude towards licence payers’ money, and people are unwilling to stand for it.”
A BBC Spokesman said:
“The BBC has also previously made clear that continuous reductions in expenses are expected in the future.”