Exclusive: BBC spends thousands on alcohol for boozy staff parties

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The BBC has spent £115,000 on alcohol since 2012, City Beat can reveal [CREATIVE COMMONS]
The BBC has spent more than £115,000 of taxpayers’ cash on alcohol in the past three years, it can be revealed.

Data obtained by City Beat shows the cash-strapped corporation has splurged almost £80,000 on wine since 2012.

Broadcasting bosses also spent £32,000 on wine, while the bill for spirits over the same time period came to £2,700.

They included bottles of whisky Glenmorangie – at £37.50 each – and high-end cognac Remy Martin at £35 each.

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The figures were released under Freedom of Information legislation [WIKIPEDIA]
The figures, which were released under Freedom of Information legislation, have fallen over the past three years.

John O’Connell, head of the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group said: “It is heartening to see that the BBC’s alcohol bill has been steadily going down.

“It is important to keep costs as low as possible.”

And a BBC spokesman said: “The BBC has clear policies that drinks may only purchased where there is an appropriate business purpose such as production hospitality for guests and costs have come down by 40 per cent compared to this time last year.”

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