Two-year BBC Scotland taxi bill reportedly in excess of a million

The taxi bill clocked up by BBC Scotland over the last two years is reportedly £1.2million.

According to an exclusive in yesterday’s Sunday Mail, BBC Scotland ran up a £50,000 taxi bill per month.

It quotes SNP MP Pete Wishart and NUJ Scottish Organiser, Paul Holleran, urging BBC cash be spent on ‘frontline programmes’ and ‘safeguarding jobs’, adding that 120 posts are being earmarked for the axe between now and 2017, as part of a drive to cut costs by 16 per cent, following an agreement with the Westminster Government to freeze the TV Licence Fee.

Says the Scottish Daily Mail today: “The bill was run up by the Corporation as it ferried staff and guests to and from its studios north of the Border.”

It adds: “The BBC said the large taxi were a reflection of more programmes being made north of the Border, such as Kirsty Wark’s The Review Show and lottery quiz Secret Fortune, hosted by Nick Knowles.”

It quotes a BBC Scotland spokesperson, as saying: “Every effort is made to minimise the level of transport costs. The level of spend is indicative of the increasing amount of work generated within specific programme genres.”