18 January 2009

BBC told to use public transport

It's essentially a piece of housekeeping, but its subject matter is of interest to us. The British Broadcasting Corporation has told its workforce to not book private taxis for themselves and to instead use their public transport and their shuttle buses. They've also been asked to only purchase "modest" gifts for talented guests, with champagne specifically ruled out.

The regulations were outlined in a memo from BBC Vision finance director Derek O'Gara to all Vision staff, as part of a drive to kerb spending on expenses and stave off additional redundancies. Staff have been specifically warned not to cheat the system by pretending that staff transport is being booked for guests.