BBC cuts back on champers

BBC drinking expenses have fallen dramatically after the purchase of champagne was banned “under any circumstances”.

BBC figures for 2009 show that £55,984 was spent on alcohol, a far cry from the £143,749 spent before the rule change in 2006.

As of 19 March, £7,729 has been spent on alcohol in 2010.

The champagne ban was enforced in 2008. Currently, BBC execs are entitled to claim alcohol on expenses for “appropriate business purposes” or “to celebrate the successful completion of a series”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)
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