Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happier times

"Anguished" Rona Fairhead, last (tbc) Chairman of the BBC Trust, seems to have had a fairly enjoyable six months up to September 2015, according to the latest hospitality and expenses disclosures.

She attended the First Night of the Proms with her husband, as a guest of Lord Hall, and then hosted a BBC box, again with her husband, for three nights (Fiddler on the Roof, Beethoven and Berlioz, and the Last Night) at a cost of nearly £3,300k - plus £20 on Proms brochures.

She took her daughter to Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, staying overnight in a hotel, and making a donation to Children in Need for the "estimated hotel cost". She took her son to the FA Cup Final in the Royal Box as a guest of BBC Sport, making a contribution to Sport Relief. She went to the Chelsea Flower Show with her husband as a guest of KMPG. She attended the Economist summer party as a guest of Zanny Minton-Beddoes, James Harding's World Service co-presenter.

In expenses spent on external contacts, she charged £75.38 for lunch at Claridges, £21.60 for breakfast at a branch of The Botanist, and £6.75 for coffee at Villandry. An internal contact got a bargain lunch at Villandry, for £12.38.

In travel, she claimed for one New York taxi.

Previous Trust Director Jon Zeff managed one last claim for his Java fix - at RIBA, £5.50 for coffee with an external contact, on April Fools Day.  

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