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BBC Blows £8million ($10382800.00 US) Of License Payers Money On Cab Fares In One Year

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On a single day the corporation forked out £20,000 to ferry staff in cabs.

The biggest fares run up on the meter were two £271 trips from Cardiff to Heathrow Airport.

Asked about those, the BBC said the hefty cost was the “cheapest travel option for [an] early flight departing to India.

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The figures, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, showed the broadcaster spent another £262 taking an engineer from Oxfordshire to London for a Christmas Day shift.

“Licence payers will be astounded at the amount of their cash that’s been spent on luxury travel”

John O’Connell, Taxpayers’ Alliance

On top of the taxi bill, another £1million was spent on luxury flights and first class train tickets over the same period.

Figures show the Corporation spent £759,275 on 1,317 first and business class flights in the past year. The priciest fares were two London to San Francisco returns costing £6,146 and £5,599, and a £6,146 round trip from London to San Francisco.

Over the same period, the BBC spent £189,546 on 2,412 first class rail tickets to ensure staff travelled in style, with the dearest trip being a £235 single from London Euston to Manchester’s Piccadilly.

The journeys only include centrally booked luxury fares, and not those claimed back by staff on expenses – meaning the actual amount spent is likely to be far higher.

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Last night John O’Connell, chief executive of watchdog the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “Licence payers will be astounded at the amount of their cash that’s been spent on luxury travel.

“Beeb bosses can no longer go on pleading poverty when they continue to spend our money in such a lavish fashion. BBC staff need to cut out the excess and stop treating themselves to luxuries.”

A BBC spokesman said: “As an international broadcaster our journalists, programme-makers and senior leaders will need to travel, often at short notice.

“However, a fifth less is being spent on upgrades. In fact almost all (98%) flights and rail (96%) tickets are standard class because we’ve put stricter rules in place.”

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