The BBC’s headcount has risen over the last two years to more than 22,000 – despite a pledge to dramatically reduce numbers by 2017.

It has also emerged that last year the corporation spent over £650,000 on headhunters and recruitment consultants to hire staff, including members of its executive board.

Despite high-profile cutbacks and redundancies, a snapshot internal count of BBC staff taken just over a month ago reveals that numbers have risen from 21,729 in 2013 to 22,039.

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