Freedom of Information requests have revealed the BBC has spent almost £2m on travel between their London and Salford offices. 

The Telegraph report:

Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph under Freedom of Information show that the corporation spent more than £1.9million on rail, air and taxi travel between London and the corporation’s new headquarters in Salford.

A total of 61 taxi bookings were made for the 200 mile journey, costing £420 each. The majority of the taxis were booked for guests on programmes based in Salford, such as BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport.

A further 201 staff and guests opted to fly between London and Manchester, costing licence free payers £25,000.

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