Caroline Thomson, the BBC’s Chief Operating Officer, claimed £1194.92 in taxi expenses from October 2011 to December 2011. In comparison her boss, the Director General Mark Thompson claimed just £62.75 for the same time period.
These amounts appear extremely high, but Ms Thomson is known for being a regular user of taxis. Her previous expenses include £566.76 from July to September and £1748.70 from April to June.
A spokesman for the BBC commented on these expenses, saying “Our expenses are down 9% year on year. There will always be costs associated with running a large media organisation with bases across the UK and abroad, but we are mindful we are spending public money and will continue to work hard to keep expenditure to a minimum.”
Many industry firms, taxi drivers and taxi insurance providers are curious as to which taxi service works with the BBC. This information however has not been published, but what doesn’t remain a secret is how lucrative this partnership is.
Other senior employees of the BBC have taxi expenses mirroring that of Ms Thompson, including Creative Director, Alan Yentob, who claimed £1427.71.
The current Director, Mr Thompson will be resigning from his post after the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. Caroline Thomson is a contender for this impending vacancy, with bookies giving her odds of 3/1.
Whoever is fortunate enough to receive the job role will be glad of the expenses allowance provided by the BBC. Their Trust Chairman, Lord Patten explained that Mr Thompson’s successor will not be offered the same salary of £671,000. Despite the salary cut, Lord Patten is still confident that people will “crawl over barbed wire” for this job opportunity.