Bludging BBC ratbags are sucking sparkling wine off the tax payer’s tit

via marbella-guide.com

via marbella-guide.com

The BBC manages to follow the letter of the law, and thus completely avoiding the spirit of it.  Tax payers’ money is there to be spent, no matter what rules are in place:

BBC staff have switched to sparkling wine to get around the corporation’s ban on champagne, spending more on “fizz” last year than in the past three, new figures reveal.

The broadcaster recently introduced a ban on champagne after it was criticised for the large amount of licence fee payers’ money it was spending on alcohol.

However, while staff are now buying the less expensive version, they claiming for more of it, making a mockery of the ban.

According to the latest figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, the BBC bought 812 bottles of sparkling wine last year, costing £4,673.

In 2011, workers claimed for 560 bottles of champagne and sparkling wine, costing a lower total of £4,011, while in 2010 the bill came to £3,682, and £3,800 in 2009.

The expenditure appears at odds with the broadcaster’s drive to reduce costs, which is seeing schedules filled with repeats, as well as thousands of job cuts.

How rotten does the organisational culture have to be to be drinking itself into a stupor while not being able to afford to keep everyone employed?

In 2011 the total bill was £41,364 and in 2010 it came in at £42,867.

So strict is the ban that the corporation recently refused to sign off a £36.65 bottle of champagne which had been presented to Paul Addison, a BBC football commentator, after it was bought by a colleague to mark his retirement.

There was a backlash among staff, who accused the BBC of a lack of common sense.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “Licence fee payers will be shocked that having switched to cheaper plonk they are now actually spending more than when they bought expensive bubbly.

The sense of entitlement to Other Peoples’ Money is just staggering.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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