Julie Gardner Named in Expenses Row

Former Doctor Who executive Julie Gardner has been named as a regular user of expenses as the recent row that has claimed so many political figures in the last few weeks has seen the magnifying glass widened to take in BBC employees – also recipients of public funding.

Beginning with the point of view that “as government are desiring so much information about the population, let’s see what they’re up to” the Telegraph launched a series of daily articles in May revealing the astonishing expenses claims of various MPs. This was all down to a whistleblower who leaked the paperwork – released under a Freedom of Information Act request – before it was censored.

A similar FIA request has recently been made of the BBC. The results aren’t pretty:

Julie Gardner, the former head of drama for BBC Wales and Doctor Who executive now working in the US, emerged as the second highest spender on hospitality overall, claiming £7,764.51 in 2008/09, just £276.22 less than the director general.

That’s a lot of cash.

Gardner of course is now based in the US as part of a BBC initiative to set up development and production of various drama concepts.

There is of course no suggestion of any wrongdoing on anybody’s part with these BBC claims, simply an urge for greater transparency.


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