BBC defends splashing licence payers’ money on meeting rooms

The BBC spent £47,198 on external meeting spaces near its London
headquarters in the last financial year

The hub of the global broadcasting operation, New Broadcasting House Built,
was built at a cost of £1bn and was opened by the Queen in 2013.

The building covers 46,000sqm and took ten years to complete.

In response to a freedom of information request, the BBC admitted it
’occasionally’ runs out of meeting rooms.

BBC insiders say venues used for meetings include De Vere’s West One
business centre and the five-star Langham Hotel – both across the street from
New Broadcasting House.

According to a Mail Online report, meetings have included ’leadership
breakfasts’.

The BBC has been criticised by spending watchdog the National Audit
Office (NAO) over the running costs of New Broadcasting House, which are almost
double that of comparable buildings in central London.

A BBC spokesman said: “It is occasionally necessary to book nearby
venues, especially for larger meetings. Value for money is always taken into
account.”

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