- Despite the corporation’s pledge to be more environmentally friendly, the licence-fee payer has funded almost 100 short-haul flights a day for BBC staff - a massive 68,000 plane trips over the past two years.
And BBC chiefs have been among the biggest culprits for making these journeys - despite an internal report stating that staff will be encouraged ‘to use rail rather than air wherever that is feasible’.
- Director general Mark Thompson, who earns £834,000 a year, took 16 internal flights including one to Newcastle from London to attend a Conservative Party reception, and a flight from London to Glasgow to attend a concert.
Mark Byford, deputy director general, flew from Southampton to Edinburgh to watch an England vs Scotland rugby match.
- Mr Byford, who earns £471,000 a year, also took a flight from London to Manchester - a trip which takes less than three hours by train - to attend the Open golf championship in Birkdale."...
from Daily Mail Online, "Green BBC spends 5 million pounds flying directors around Britain," 4/25/10, via Tom Nelson