BBC Proms - for your eyes only
The BBC's latest Freedom of Information disclosure, which itemises the expenses of senior staff, makes interesting reading. BBC Proms director and Radio 3 controller Roger Wright, whose salary is over £190,000, spent £1308.83 last September on 'internal hospitality' for 'staff entertainment/annual event'. That must have been quite a party, but not enough it seems. Soon afterwards another £1032.85 went on 'Internal hospitality, Staff Entertainment, Annual Event - Radio 3, Perf Groups, Proms Awayday'.
It is not all bad news though, and I do draw some consolation from the £38 spent in February this year on '4 CDs featuring Arnold, Stanford, Villa Lobos'. But does this mean the the BBC record library has been closed? - presumably to save costs.
But all these are small change compared with the £6083.24 which Roger Wright claimed for 'Hotels - Room' on his personal expenses across twelve separate claims, the majority of which fall within the 2008 Proms season. The reason for these expenses is not given, with Section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act being invoked to justify non-disclosure. The BBC's website explains:
Section 38 - Health and safetyPerhaps the Proms director read my post on Léon Theremin?
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