Monday, March 27, 2006

Party on BBC

The BBC knows how to shoot itself in the foot. As thousands get ready to lose their jobs in swingeing cuts, BBC Radio 2 blew £23,000 on a Christmas party at the Piccadilly Criterion.

Must be great booking the Christmas party at the BBC when money is no object, making a Marco Pierre White restaurant a natural choice and £238 a head no problem.

According to the Criterion's general manager, Jerome Liger (seriously) said that the night the BBC came to town was a wonderful evening with wine and champagne flowing. Well at £238 a head you would hope there were bubbles.

Obviously, we'd all like to have our Christmas parties at his restaurants, if only we could find someone to write the cheque, which usually we can't.

Should the BBC really be wasting such large sums (or 205 licence fee contributions) on booze and food? Well it invested another £4m on art, which I suppose really belongs to the licence payer as well.

It does makes you wonder what other money-wasting horrors lurk within the BBC as 3,700 staff face losing their job. Oh yeah, Davina.


At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moving key workers out of London-as the beeb and civil service are currently attempting- wasn't that a plot in Yes Prime Minister? And wasn't the whole idea quickly dismantled?

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

surely they're allowed to have a party? whatever next- working out how many fee payer's contribution is spent on paperclips?


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