Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Disgraceful Waste of Money

Good to see that the television licence tax fee is being put to good use. A story in The London Paper reads as follows:

The wild Radio 1 Christmas party left bosses with a sore head as they paid a £30,000 bar bill for DJs and staff last night.

The likes of Vernon Kay, Fearne Cotton and Pete Tong all gathered at the three-floor Sound club in Leicester Square, which has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, enjoying the fresh sushi and huge amounts of alcohol.

I hope they enjoyed their sushi and alcohol paid for by 228 hardworking houses. I cannot take the BBC's demands for a licence fee increase above the rate of inflation seriously while they waste money on events like this. Privatise it.


james higham said...

But it was a mega-party at our expense and that was all that mattered, wasn't it?

Praguetory said...

I hear that the license fee is to rise at less than inflation. A small comfort over Xmas. Speaking of which Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones. Nice to have worked together in 2006. Looking forward to the New Year. Keep in touch.

Voyager said...

Le mot juste is NOMENKLATURA

Interestingly enough in a private company this drinks bill would not be tax deductible and in fact would be treated as a benefit in kind and liable to National Insurance and Tax since the Revenue lays down exactly what may be spent on a Christmas Party

I wonder if the £30.000 is inclusive of Employers NIC at 12.8% plus 40% Income Tax ?

Disillusioned and Bored said...

I actually sent in a freedom of information request on this and apparently this is not included in that benefit as it is deemed "expenses relating to programming".