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BBC Spent £20m On External Consultants

Tuesday 29th July 2014


Figures exclusively obtained by LBC reveal the BBC spent more than 20 million pounds on external consultants in the last three years.

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The Taxpayers Alliance has criticised the corporation for not revealing who they've hired and why.

The BBC says it's on track to deliver savings of nearly 700 million by 2017.

LBC's Tom Swarbrick reports: "The latest numbers are for the whole of last year, but don't include any spending on project delivery, just the cost of consulting external experts on projects.

"The BBC have told us that having external experts on major projects is valid way of providing independent assurance that projects have clear objectives which are properly designed and have clarity about their scope and what they are expected to deliver.

"They point to the BBC's Digital Switchover Help Scheme as one example, but don't give any other examples of projects were externals were hired - and don't say who it was that they did hire."

A statement from the BBC said: "The BBC is on track to deliver savings of nearly 700 million by 2017 but to ensure we achieve those savings we will need to invest in some advice from external experts."