The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

THE great thing about the BBC is that be­cause we ef­fec­tively pay their salaries, staff mem­bers have to tell us what their itemised ex­penses are. This is how we know that Alan Yen­tob, whose ba­sic salary at the BBC is £300,000 a year, has claimed more than £27,000 over the past three years, in­clud­ing £120 for a cake. Ac­cord­ing to Daily Tele­graph, he also claimed £1,500 for a Christ­mas lunch for col­leagues, de­spite be­ing a nice Jewish boy, and mys­te­ri­ously claimed £743 for “dis­cus­sions”. Who said talk was cheap? Clearly not Yen­tob, who also claimed 24p for a sin­gle phone call.

Smart sched­ul­ing by the BBC last week­end meant that its Ra­dio 4 Ar­chive Hour of­fer­ing, A Rage in Dal­ston, which told the story of the post-war bat­tle be­tween Jewish exser­vice­men and Oswald Mosley’s Fas­cists, was broad­cast at pre­cisely the time Jewish fam­i­lies across the UK were hav­ing seder din­ners. At least sur­viv­ing Fas­cists would have been able to tune in.

Yen­tob: got his 24p back

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