BBC expenses details published include 11 HR chiefs

The BBC has published the latest expenses details of its most senior staff, including 11 HR chiefs.

The claims cover the period from July to September 2009, and show that the 107 most senior executives at the broadcasting giant spent £188,284 on travel, hotels and meals – a 7.8% increase on the previous quarter.

It is the second time quarterly expenses have been released by the corporation in a bid to create a more transparent organisation, and follows the release of salary details of its 50 top-earning managers last June.

Lucy Adams, director of BBC People, who joined the corporation in June, claimed less than £500 in expenses during the three months to September, the figures show.

Her total claims are on track to be far below those of her predecessor, who spent more than £6,500 on expenses during 2008-9, with claims ranging from “team drinks and nibbles” to mileage for the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Details of other HR chiefs, including employee relations director Mike Gooddie and Clare Dyer, HR director in the BBC’s Future Media and Technology Division, can be found on the BBC website.

The figures out today also show Mark Thompson, the director general, claimed £5,616 for a flight to Seoul in South Korea, where he was attending a conference. Economy flights to Seoul cost just £399.

The 107 staff whose details have been published were selected because they hold positions on the BBC’s most senior boards and have responsibility for spending licence fee money and overseeing BBC operations.

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