BBC’s £45m wine and dine: Anger over hospitality bill

BBC bosses have splurged a staggering £45million wining and dining staff and guests in the past five years.

WINE AND DINE: BBC Director General Tony Hall comes under fire yet again
WINE AND DINE: BBC Director General Tony Hall comes under fire yet again

Executives have been signing off huge hospitality bills, with taxpayers’ cash being splashed on posh food, booze and hotels.

The Beeb spent £10.3m last year, dwarfing the total for 2013 and even the London Olympics year of 2012, a report revealed.

That included 5,500 bottles of Peroni lager costing £12,000. The single most expensive item was a bottle of wine for £49.40.

Taxpayers’ Alliance chief executive Jonathan Isaby urged BBC fatcats to rein in their spending.

He said: “The costs have to be minimised as much as possible.

“The licence fee represents a significant financial burden for hard-pressed families.”

BBC Director General Tony Hall, 64, is already under fire over the huge pay packets of Beeb stars.

Gary Lineker doing his side job

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, 54, earns around £2m-a-year as does chat show host Graham Norton, 52.

A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC has clear policies to ensure spend on hospitality is proportionate and they have been progressively tightened to ensure value for money.

“BBC journalists and programme-makers need to stay somewhere when they are expected to report on major events and breaking global news or filming things like natural history on location around the world.”