Friday, October 30, 2015

Uber alles

The long tail of taxis, recently stamped on hard by BBC finance boss Anne Bulford, will twitch a little longer, as senior management claims filter through over the next four quarters. The most recent sees Alan Yentob spending £1,491.99 over the three months.

Although he's declared within Anne's team, Alan comes very much from a tv culture, which is where ordering a cab seems effortless.

In my unofficial and in no way comprehensive leader board, I still have Faith Penhale as Queen of the Cabs, at £1,607.35, down from £2,225.91 last time. Previous King of the Cabs, Bal Samra, is down to a mere £697.07, just ahead of Controller BBC2 Kim Shillinglaw, on £668.44, and happily below Mark "Mr Entertainment" Linsey on £759.95. New entrants are Nathalie Humphreys, Controller of Daytime Property and Antiques, on £1,005.24, the departing Danny Cohen on £1,127.79, and Katie "Mrs Entertainment" Taylor on £1,158.48.

Travelling in comfort over the quarter were News' Jonathan Munro to New York for £2,578, Peter Horrocks, now with the Open University, to Nairobi for £3,103.96, and CTO Matthew Postgate to Seattle, with a San Jose side trip, for £6,228.16.

TV Executive Producer Susan Hogg claimed £78.00 for her Times subscription.

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