By Simon Round, April 24, 2008
The great thing about the BBC is that because we effectively pay their salaries, staff members have to tell us what their itemised expenses are. This is how we know that Alan Yentob, whose basic salary at the BBC is £300,000 a year, has claimed more than £27,000 over the past three years, including £120 for a cake. According to The Daily Telegraph, he also claimed £1,500 for a Christmas lunch for colleagues, despite being a nice Jewish boy, and mysteriously claimed £743 for “discussions”. Who said talk was cheap? Clearly not Yentob, who also claimed 24p for a single phone call.