2014 Daily Mail headline
ANGER AS BBC HANDS OUT HUNDREDS OF FREE WIMBLEDON TICKETS TO WEALTHY BUSINESSMEN
Authors Miles Goslett and Martin Beckford
2016 Heat St headline
BBC GAVE AWAY 421 WIMBLEDON TICKETS TO CRONIES
Author Miles Goslett
In 2014, as part of its coverage deal, the BBC had 382 complimentary Centre Court and Court No 1 tickets across the two week tournament. 147 went to staff, either as a reward for good work, or, at a senior level, for a donation to charity.
In 2016, as part of the continuing coverage deal, the BBC had 421 complimentary tickets. 224 went to staff, either as a reward for good work, or, at a senior level, for a donation to charity. Both classes of employees are now apparently deemed 'cronies'.
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