Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BBC Admin Staff Run Up a £60K Taxi Bill

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BBC Admin Staff Run Up a £60K Taxi Bill

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BBC administrative staff spent nearly £60,000 on taxis to and from their offices in Salford Quays in two years, according to figures obtained by the M.E.N. One fare alone amounted to £637. Our figures show that the director general's office and other administrative and technical departments spent £34,111 on taxi rides to and from MediACITYUK in 2016/17 and then £25,579 in 2017/18.

In 2016/17, the most expensive taxi ride cost £637.

This was said to be a 'wait and return' journey from London to Salford Quays for seven in a people carrier booked because it was cheaper than seven return rail fares.

The most expensive fare in 2017/18 was from Salford Quays to the Chorley area and cost £98. These taxi rides were paid for via the BBC's centralised booking systems, and do not include journeys claimed by staff through their expenses. …

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